Noa Eshkol; I Look at the Moon and Think about My Daughter-in-Law
January 21–March 19, 2017
Markt 1, 4331 KG
Middelburg, The Netherlands
Opening with performances by The Noa Eshkol Chamber Group: January 21, 5pm
Workshops with The Noa Eshkol Chamber Group: January 22, 11am & 2pm
February 4–March 19
Hazenstraat 28, 1016 SR
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Member’s preview & walk-though: February 3, 5pm
Film screening: February 4, 4pm
Vleeshal, together with Kunstverein (Amsterdam), is excited to present a joint solo exhibition in two parts: ‘I Look at the Moon and Think about My Daughter-in-law’ – on the work and thinking of contemporary dancer, dance composer, textile artist and theorist Noa Eshkol (IL, 1924–2007).
The exhibition at Vleeshal Markt shows a wide range of Noa Eshkol’s wall carpets, from the very first, abstract carpet, appropriately entitled ‘The First Carpet’ (1973) to the more recent ‘Sunset by the Lake’ (1995). Although made in a horizontal position, Eshkol imagined the carpets on the wall – as paintings. At Vleeshal Markt the carpets will be shown in both positions. Each week the composition of the show will change, as the audience is invited to choose another carpet to stand upright and one to lower down, keeping a 90 degree movement going, even in absence of the Chamber Dance Group dancers, and keeping in tune with Eshkol’s non-hierarchal approach.
In the second part of ‘I Look at the Moon and Think about My Daughter-in-Law’ at Kunstverein, Amsterdam, the first iterations of the EWMN system will be on view, as well as a generous selection from the historic archives of The Noa Eshkol Archive (curated by Maya Pasternak with research assistance by Mor Bashan). Kunstverein will also present the first ever screening of two early performances by the Noa Eshkol Chamber Dance Group rehearsing dances composed in the system. The films will be screened on the window of Kunstverein’s storefront in the heart of the Jordaan, enabling both viewers inside and outside the space to be engulfed by the hypnotizing dances.
Vleeshal wishes to thank the City of Middelburg, the Mondriaan Fund and the Embassy of Israel in the Netherlands for their support of this exhibition. Vleeshal also extends thanks to neugerriemschneider.
This exhibition would not have been possible without the collaboration of the Noa Eshkol Foundation and the enthusiastic engagement of Chamber Dance Group members: Mor Bashan, Noga Goral, Rachel Nul-Kahana, Ruti Sela and Dror Shoval. Specials thanks go to Mooky Dagan, Director of the Noa Eshkol Foundation for his insights and advice.
Curators: Roos Gortzak (Vleeshal) and Maxine Kopsa (Kunstverein)
Assistant Curator: Yana Foque
Curator of Archival Materials: Maya Pasternak
Archival Research Assistance: Mor Bashan
Graphic Identity: Robert Milne, Werkplaats Typografie
Location: Vleeshal Markt and Kunstverein (Amsterdam)
Video documentation of the Noa Eshkol Chamber Dance Group performance at Vleeshal Markt can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/202199515