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Avner Ben-Gal

GEGENWART / 18.01.–04.05.2008 / Curator: Philipp Kaiser

The work of Israeli painter and draftsman Avner Ben-Gal (b. 1966) shows barren landscapes with burning houses and isolated figures.

The implied narratives have nothing in common with the propagandistic images of the mass media which confront us from the Near East day after day. Instead they create a reality that interprets recent history within the framework of their own poetic and fantastical universe. At the same time, the grim undertones of these often mythologically or allegorically charged pictures engage in subtle reflection on the artist’s painterly means. Hence, the dreamlike scenarios literally escape observation, being obscured and sometimes even invisible under a monochrome veil of colour. Avner Ben-Gal has been represented in international group and solo exhibitions. The selection on view in this solo exhibition at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel will include some of his most recent paintings and drawings.