Artist: Irma Blank
Venues: CCA, Tel Aviv; Bauhaus Foundation, Tel Aviv and in the city of Tel Aviv-Yafo
Exhibition Title: Irma Blank: Blank
Date: July 23 – October 10, 2020
Curated By: Johana Carrier and Joana P. R. Neves
Note: Hdjt Ljr can be heard here. Presented as a sound piece during the exhibition and performed as readings by Yasmin Caspin, Candida Gertler, Danielle Gorodenzik, Chaya Hazan, Zuzanna Jakvobowska, Luciana Kaplun, Fiammetta Martegani, Bekriah Mawasi, and Elena Rotenberg. Produced by CCA – Center for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv. Recording by Adam Scheflan.
Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.
Images courtesy of the artist and P420, Bologna. Photos by Eyal Agivayev.
The work of German-born Italian artist Irma Blank (*1934, Celle, Germany; lives and works in Milan) associates writing and drawing in a unique manner, positioning her practice in a place that seems independent from any movement in art history. While the work maintains this distinctive position, it does share elements with the history of asemantic writing, Conceptual Art and visual poetry. Blank’s body of work formulates a profound reflection about existence through the paradox of a text without words and a language that is truly personal. Indeed, while one might consider Blank’s art as visual poetry, a closer examination unfolds a solitary quest, resulting in a place where she sees art as life, writing as breathing, doing as pausing.
This project is conceived as an unprecedented collaboration with six other institutions abroad and is encapsulated by a comprehensive catalogue. The presentation in Tel Aviv is showcased in three locations: CCA Tel Aviv, the Bauhaus Foundation, Tel Aviv and in the city of Tel Aviv-Yafo. The exhibition generates a format unlike that of the “traveling exhibition”; in fact, the reformulation of such notion implies the adaptation of Blank’s oeuvres to different contexts. Furthermore, the ambitious goal behind such a tentacular project is to unfold the artist’s cohesive practice, which is conceived through series across several years with media such as drawing, painting, bookmaking, installation, sound, and actions.
The presentation in Tel Aviv-Yafo focuses on the role played by immateriality, ephemerality and site-specificity in Blank’s modus operandi. Guided by conceptual and aesthetic choices, the exhibition features a selection of works from different series. It includes works on paper, an installation, several artist books, the reenactment of a historical action, a live performance and a sound piece. While at CCA Tel Aviv spectators will be able to experience works conceived through different media in a neutral space, at the Bauhaus Foundation, Tel Aviv visitors will have the unique opportunity to engage with Blank’s works on paper and books in juxtaposition with the Foundation’s permanent display of Bauhaus design prototypes and artifacts.
Irma Blank: Blank is curated by Johana Carrier and Joana P. R. Neves and is presented at CCA Tel Aviv, the Bauhaus Foundation, Tel Aviv and in the city of Tel Aviv-Yafo. The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue in English, edited by the curators, published by Koenig Books, London, on the occasion of Blank’s seven exhibitions at Culturgest, Lisboa; MAMCO, Genève; CAPC, Bordeaux; CCA and the Bauhaus Foundation, Tel Aviv; Museo Villa Dei Cedri, Bellinzona; ICA Milano; and Bombas Gens Centre d’Art, Valencia.
The presentation in Tel Aviv-Yafo, managed by Nicola Trezzi, Director and Curator, and Bar Goren, Assistant Curator, CCA Tel Aviv, is accompanied by a catalogue in Hebrew, Arabic and English and is supported by Luxembourg & Dayan, New York / London; ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen), Stuttgart; Invitro; P420, Bologna; Daniel Milman; and Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Tel Aviv.