“Real Time: Art in Israel 1998–2008”

Israel Museum

With the state of Israel celebrating its sixtieth anniversary, six museums across the country mounted exhibitions that tried to capture the artistic essence of each decade since the nation’s founding. Considering Jerusalem’s historical and sociopolitical symbolism, it is probably no accident that the Israel Museum hosted the contemporary chapter of this dispersed survey, “Real Time: Art in Israel 1998–2008.” Seeming to represent an overwhelming consensus, the critical operations of the forty selected artists, most born in the years between the Six-Day War (1967) and the Yom Kippur War (1973), communicate a pervading sense of battle fatigue vis-à-vis the dominant tropes of national identity. Shunning models that link Israeli identity to either religious or secular Zionism, this generation critically interrogates both genealogies through an aesthetic encounter with various international

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