A Group Exhibition
Curators: Gilad Melzer, Joshua Simon
The wild and fascinating world of the artist Roee Rosen is featured in the first
comprehensive exhibition of his works at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. This
exhibition constitutes a mid-career retrospective for Rosen, whose paintings, video
works, installations, multimedia works, artist's books and texts have been exhibited
worldwide for over three decades.
Rosen periodically creates new projects around a specific theme or fictional character
whose world is presented to the viewers. Curators Joshua Simon and Gilad Melzer
chose to present this solo exhibition as a group exhibition, which features the worlds
and figures that Rosen creates or impersonates. This wide-ranging oeuvre is now on
display in several different galleries at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
The blurring of boundaries between documentation and fiction, present and past, and
the concern with historical traumas, bifurcated identities, seduction, and ironic humor
are characteristic of Rosen's oeuvre as a whole, and are reflected in the different
A central part of the exhibition is devoted to the artists invented by Rosen in the
course of his career: Justine Frank (1900–1943), a Jewish-Belgian writer and artist
who was affiliated with the Surrealist movement in Paris and later lived in Tel Aviv in
the 1930s; and Maxim Komar-Myshkin (1978–2011), the most recent character
invented by Rosen – a young Russian émigré who established an artistic collective
named "The Buried Alive" in Tel Aviv, creating a Russian cultural ghetto at the heart
of the Israeli art scene.
The project "Live and Die as Eva Braun," which is considered a key work in the
context of artistic representations of the Holocaust and of Nazism, presents a virtual
scenario – an experiential journey with Eva Braun, Hitler's lover, during the last days
of the war in a Berlin bunker.
The group exhibition space contains "other" works by Roee Rosen, including his
Martyr Paintings, Frosted Self-Portraits, Funeral Paintings, and Israeli superhero
Ziona. The exhibition also features the artist's book The Blind Merchant, which is
being published 25 years after its creation.
Rosen's films will be on display in the Laurence Graff Gallery of Contemporary
In the film The Confessions of Roee Rosen (2008, 56 minutes), foreign female
works present the artist's confessions without understanding what they are saying.
This film was first screened at the FID Marseilles International Film Festival, where it
received honorable mention, and has since been screened in numerous venues
The film Out (2010, 35 minutes) centers on a sadomasochistic scene that is
transformed into a political exorcism. This film was screened at the Venice
International Film Festival, where it was awarded the Orizzonti Prize for best
medium-length film, and has since garnered numerous international awards.
The film Hilarious (2010, 21 minutes) explores the collapse of comic mechanisms.
The virtuoso performance by Hani Furstenberg consists of a monologue that ends
with an epic joke unfolding in the Twin Towers during their collapse. This film
premiered at the Tate Modern in London.
The premiere of Rosen's latest film, The Dust Channel, will be celebrated in the
course of the exhibition.
The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue with articles by Gilad
Melzer, Joshua Simon, Ekaterina Degot, Oded Wolkstein, Iris Pappo, and Olaf
Möller, which offer new and insightful interpretations of the multiple points of view
presented in this exhibition.
The exhibition and catalogue are supported by the Friends of the Tel Aviv Museum of
Art in Israel, the Ostrovsky Family Fund, Israel Lottery Council for Culture and Art,
Beit Berl Academic College, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem, and
Rosenfeld Gallery, Tel Aviv