Jewish Museum in Prague
Robert Guttmann Gallery
MEL ALEXENBERG: CYBERANGELS
exhibition runs from 12 August until 26 September 2004 in the
Jewish Museum in Prague has prepared a new exhibition in association
with the renowned Israel-based American Jewish artist, Mel Alexenberg.
Entitled Cyberangels, the exhibition is focused on an aesthetic peace
plan for the Middle East.
The aim of this exhibition project is to actively involve the viewer in the artwork by using modern technology and to support plurality in art, dialog and a crossing of language and social barriers. The outcome of the project will be an interactive gallery installation with several computer stations from which visitors will be able to send out a message of peace in the form of a computer angel. The installation will be supplemented with prints of artistic computer graphics that reflect the current situation in Israel as seen by the artist.
Alexenberg is known to the wider public as the guest curator of the
legendary exhibition LightsOROT. As part of this exhibition, he
presented four of his own projects that took shape in 1987. One of
these was the installation Rembrandt's Light, which incorporated the
image of a computer angel taken from a Rembrandt etching. Since the
LightsOROT exhibition, Rembrandt angels have made frequent appearances
in Alexenberg's public art events.
In the installation Cyberangels - Aesthetic Peace Plan for the Middle East, which is being presented at the Robert Guttmann Gallery, Alexenberg has given the Rembrandt angels, symbols of European culture, the role of peacemakers and mediators, disseminating across the Internet a message that calls for a paradigm shift in the way the Middle East conflict is perceived. Alexenberg's proposal for an aesthetic peace plan for the Middle East should be seen as a subjective artistic testimony which however, in a highly original way, reveals analogies that unfortunately tend to become lost in the vortex of religious and political debates.
Our special thanks also go to His
Excellency, Mr. Arthur Avnon, Ambassador of the State of Israel to the
Czech Republic, under whose auspices the exhibition is being held.