Tel Aviv

Art TLV, “Open Plan Living”

Helena Rubenstein Pavilion

A great deal was at stake in the launch of Art TLV, a multifocal event aimed at raising awareness of Israel’s up-and-coming contemporary art scene and inserting Tel Aviv into the global biennial circuit. In 2009, this coastal city will join with Athens and Istanbul to form a “Mediterranean Triangle” of biennial destinations. With this in mind, the main exhibition for Art TLV, “Open Plan Living,” curated by the London-based Andrew Renton, was an attempt to define the city’s specificity in its regional context. As an inaugural gesture, Renton did well to draw upon the city’s Bauhaus legacy while inviting local artists and curators to organize smaller group shows of their peers in urban sites outside the official purview.

With the highest concentration of International Style buildings in the world, Tel Aviv emerged as a vital experiment in the modernist redefinition of the relation between

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