Sharon Ya’ari: The Romantic Trail and the Conrecte House

Cat. Kunstmuseen Krefeld/Haus Esters, Oldenburger Kunstverein, Kunstverein Heilbronn

Exhibition catalogue, edited by Magdalena Holzhey
texts (German/English) by Markus Heinzelmann, Magdalena Holzhey, Matthia Löbke
172 S. with 93 coloured and 30 illustrations in Triplex
270 x 210 mm, softcover with flaps

ISBN 978-3-86442-321-5

29,80 €

What breaks and fissures emerge when societal vision and everyday life clash?

In what way do ­formal and ideal influences continue in another reality of life? The Israeli photographer explores such questions in his first solo show in Germany at Haus Esters. Built by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the late nineteen twenties, Haus ­Esters and Haus Lange are two of the most iconic structures of modernist architecture in Germany and can be associated with notions of an open, forward-looking society. The special atmosphere and architecture of these former private homes have regularly inspired artists since being repurposed as exhibition venues for contemporary art. Sharon Ya’ari builds on this site-specific tradition to the extent that he developed new works and series for Haus Esters based on the reality of his own life. The starting point of Ya’ari’s photographic exploration is the connection between the ideas of European modernism between the World Wars and the effort to implement them in the young State of Israel. Sharon Ya’ari traces the legacy of modernist formal language in his native country. He is not concerned with the perspective of architectural photography but rather with marginalia, the relics of everyday life, the fragile relationships between human beings and the elements of their environment. Modernist utopias overlap with the history of its breaks and the conflictual reality of everyday life. The search for the traces of modern-ism’s great visions thus becomes a mirror of human living conditions.

Haus Esters/Kunstmuseen Krefeld, 8/3/2020 – 21/3/2021
Oldenburger Kunstverein, 23/4 – 11/7/2021
Kunstverein Heilbronn, 23/7 – 27/9/2021