Herzliya Biennial of Contemporary Art will open on September 23, 2007
The first Israeli Biennial of Contemporary Art will open in Herzliya on Sunday, September 23, 2007. Entitled "The Rear", the week-long exhibition will feature approximately 70 Israeli artists, whose works will be presented in some 15 venues in Herzliya's new city center, at the intersection of Sokolow and Ben Gurion streets.
The Biennial, curated by Joshua Simon, will span works in diverse media and techniques: from photography, painting, and video, to urban interventions, needlework, and acts of masquerading.
The fine art event will present works by contemporary Israeli artists who respond to the space in which they operate – "The rear" (Ha'Oref in Hebrew, which also denotes "home front," "hinterland," "nape"): the home front as opposed to the front line – civilian society in Israel versus the army. "The Rear" is a general term that surfaced repeatedly during the recent war in the summer of 2006, when a million Israeli citizens in the country's north sat in bomb shelters, and a million Lebanese became refugees, fleeing from their country's ravaged South.
The Herzliya Biennial of Contemporary Art is a joint initiative of the Herzliya Municipality and the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art. As part of the Biennial events, the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art will stage an exhibition which will also open on September 23 and will be on view until December 15, 2007.