The upcoming exhibition “Two sculptors; Julia Segal, Vered Aharonovich” will open at the Ilana Goor Museum on Friday 12.0816 at 12:00 pm. The exhibition will include works by two Israeli women sculptors that are very different from one another: Julia Segal, a senior artist of Russian decent with a modernist neo-classical sensibility, alongside a young postmodern artist, Vered Aharonovich.
Ilana Goor, the artist, director and chief curator of the Museum presents us with an unexpected curatorial project where she positions an older sculptor’s works, characterized by figurative objects, dense with gestures and anecdotes that appear anonymous, restrained and alienated, alongside a young postmodern sculptor that has a daring approach to materials and colors, the spirit of an activist and an emphasis of gender awareness.
Israeli-born Vered Aharonovich (1980) graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Art and received an MFA degree from the Haifa University. She was recommended by the founders of Hanina Gallery in Tel-Aviv. “The water fountain”, Aharonovich’s monumental piece was purchased by Ilana Goor and was placed for viewing at the sculpture garden on the Museum roof in Jaffa. Aharonovich exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in Israel and internationally. She received the ministry of culture’s Emerging Artist Prize in 2015.
Julia Segal was born in Kharkov, Ukraine in 1938. Affected by WWII, she fled to Kazakhstan, and then returned to Kharkov. Later on she began to study at the Surikov Academy of Art in Moscow. She exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions in Russia and internationally up until her Aliya to Israel in 1994, when she joined the Sanur artist village and ran the community gallery. Her works where acquired by different collections, namely, the Russian Museum in Saint Petersburg and the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. Segal was the recipient of the Jerusalem Olive Tree Prize in 2006.
The interaction between the two artist’s dramatically different sculptural aesthetics within the expressive museum space challenges the viewer and inspires a fresh and unexpected way of perceiving and interpreting the works, highlighting two extreme approaches. One being meditative and the other, expressive, whilst both are relevant within the multicultural age in which they exist.
Over the duration of the exhibition the museum will conduct guided group tours and private tours in the Hebrew, English and Russian languages.