Serendipity: Alchemy of Words: Abraham Abulafia, Dada, Lettrism Tel Aviv Museum of Art (16 June–19 November 2016)

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Abstract

“Museum Musings” relates to the exhibition Alchemy of Words: Abraham Abulafia, Dada Lettrism (Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 16 June–19 November 2016), discussing the connections made, discoveries, and considerations on what lay behind the unique constellation of the show.

Serendipity: Alchemy of Words: Abraham Abulafia, Dada, Lettrism Tel Aviv Museum of Art (16 June–19 November 2016)

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    Abraham Abulafia (1240–ca. 1292), “72-Letter Name,” Hayyei ha-Olam ha-Ba (Life of the World to Come), 1280, late fourteenth–fifteenth century, Italy, ink on parchment. Manuscript copy: 18.7 × 13.7 cm. The Braginsky Collection, Zurich, folio 7v–8r. (Photo © Ardon Barhama).
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    Rendering of Abraham Abulafia, illustration from Abraham Abulafia, Or Ha’Sehel (Light of the Intellect), ca. 1285, 15th century Italy, illustration on paper. Manuscript copy: Rome, The Vatican Library, Vat. Ebr. 597, fol. 133r. © Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticanna (2016).
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    Abraham Pincas (1945–2015), Untitled [Abraham Abulafia, Or ha’Sekhel (“Light of the Intellect”)], ca. 1980, Israel, gall-nut ink, water-based pigments, and varnish on parchment, 41.5×32 cm. Courtesy of Shoshana and Moshe Idel, Jerusalem. © Estate of the Artist. (Photo © Tel Aviv Museum of Art by Elad Sarig).

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    Gabriel Pomerand (1925–1972), Saint Ghetto des Prêts / Saint Ghetto of the Loans, grimoire (book of spells), 1950, 47 metagraphic plates in gibberish and French equivalent. With a preface by Jacques Baratier (Paris: pol). The Letaillieur Collection, Paris. (Photo: Courtesy of the Letaillieur Collection and Gallery 1900–2000, Paris).
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    Installation Photos. Alchemy of Words: Abraham Abulafia, Dada, Lettrism, June 16–November 19, 2016, Ruth and Bruce Rappaport Sculpture Gallery, Main Building, Tel Aviv Museum of Art. (Photos © Tel Aviv Museum of Art by Elad Sarig).
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    Natan ben Sa’adia Harar, Sha’rei Tzedek, Messina, Sicily, ca. 1285, fifteenth century, Italy. Manuscript copy: ink on parchment, 20 × 14.9 cm. From the collections of the National Library of Israel, Jerusalem, Ms. Heb. 8˚148, folio 35r. (Photo: Courtesy the National Library of Israel, Jerusalem).
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    Christian Tobas (b. 1944), Le Vaisselle du poète (The Poet’s Dishes), 1970, assemblage. 47.8 × 39.6 cm. Collection Tel Aviv Museum of Art, gift of Vera and Arturo Schwartz, Milan. (Photo © Tel Aviv Museum of Art by Elad Sarig).
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    Francis Picabia (1879–1953), The Tape Measures, 1923–1925, oil and collage on canvas. 56 × 39 cm. The Vera and Arturo Schwartz Collection of Dada and Surrealist Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. © ADAGP, Paris, 2016. (Photo © The Israel Museum by Avshalom Avital).
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    Ladislav Novák (1925–1999), La Rose mathématique (Mathematical Rose), 1963, printed torn paper on cardboard (froissage). 20 × 12.5 cm. Collection of Tel Aviv Museum of Art, gift of Vera and Arturo Schwartz, Milan. © Ladislav Novák / ooa-s (2016). (Photo © Tel Aviv Museum of Art by Elad Sarig).
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    Amulet (lamella) with the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet, fourth–seventh century CE,. Eretz-Israel. Silver, gilt. 7.2 × 4 cm. Collection of the Wolfe Family, Jerusalem. (Photo © Tel Aviv Museum of Art by Elad Sarig).
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    Gil J Wolman (1929–1995), [Écriture] / [Writing], 1961, polish, engraved with a nail, on canvas. 100 × 50 cm. The Letaillieur Collection, Paris. © ADAGP, Paris, 2016. (Photo: Courtesy the Letaillieur Collection and Gallery 1900–2000, Paris).
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    Michael Sgan-Cohen (1944–1999), Untitled, 1980, acrylic, string, and tacks on canvas and aluminum. 61 × 51 cm. © Estate of the Artist. (Photo  Tel Aviv Museum of Art, by Elad Sarig).
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    Michael Sgan-Cohen (1944–1999), Recto Verso, 1998–1999, watercolor and ball-point pen on paper. 35 × 50cm. © Estate of the Artist. (Photo © Tel Aviv Museum of Art by Elad Sarig).
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    Gabriel Pomerand (1925–1972), Aide mémoire, after 1946, pen on paper. The Letaillieur Collection, Paris. (Photo: Courtesy the Letaillieur Collection and Gallery 1900–2000, Paris).
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    Victor Brauner (1903–1966), “Raziel,” illustration for poem V in Yvan Goll’s Le Char triomphal de l’Antimoine (The Triumphal Chariot of Antimony), 1949, Paris, etching and aquatint. image: 15.5 × 10.5; page 26 × 17.5 cm. Collection of Tel Aviv Museum of Art, gift of Charles and Evelyn Kramer, New York, through the American Friends of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. © ADAGP, Paris, 2016. (Photo © Tel Aviv Museum of Art by Elad Sarig).

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