Installation view, Tal R, 2019

TAL R
: Men Who Can’t Sit on Horses
October 24, 2019 – March 27, 2020
Curator: David  Neuman

Opening hours:
Thursday 2pm – 8pm
Friday 10am – 2pm

Magasin III Jaffa
34 Olei Zion
6813131 Tel Aviv-Yafo
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: Men Who Can’t Sit on Horses, by Tal R, is  the fourth exhibition in Magasin III’s permanent satellite space in Jaffa, greater Tel Aviv, since it opened in January 2018. The solo exhibition features one singular painting,  Natten (The Night), commissioned especially for  Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art. 

An artist of international renown, Tal R (Rosenzweig) was born in 1967 in Tel Aviv, Israel and at an early age moved to Copenhagen, Denmark where he currently lives and works.
Tal R is known for his daring use of color and vivacious imagery. Throughout his works, references to historical art movements such as Expressionism, Fauvism and Symbolism can be found alongside influences from Outsider Art and children’s paintings. He works across a diverse range of media including painting, collage, sculpture, installation, drawing, print and furniture. His unique vision, self-identification as an outsider and ability to sample the two worlds of his different heritages, has produced an artistic language that constantly questions our surrounding realities.

The curator of the exhibition, David Neuman, explains his thoughts behind the presentation of Magasin III’s unique commission:

Height x Width x Time 

Size is both a tricky yet interesting phenomena. The first impressions it gives are difficult to shake, whether very large or very small, and content is what will eventually overtake that first glance to extend a feeling, a gesture, an understanding, an appreciation, or even love.

Early on, there was a particular painting that intrigued me, although exhibited before my awakened art aspirations, that I became aware of. I had viewed the film clips of its installation in a former military exercise hall in Stockholm. It was owned by the artist and on its European tour in 1958. Guernica. It measures 346 x 777 centimeters. Since then, I have had numerous opportunities to see the original at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and again at Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid after its repatriation to a free Spain. The complexity of the work along with the heroic stand against the atrocities of war Pablo Picasso imbedded in the painting never ceases to overwhelm me. 


Throughout my curatorial practice at Magasin III I have been engaged in several large-scale artistic endeavors of tremendous importance which includes the commissioned monumental installation by Pippi Lotti Rist, Gravity, Be My Friend, 2007. So, it was no wonder, after Tal R’s extensive exhibition at Magasin III, Old and Confused, 2009, that the idea of Tal R creating a specifically commissioned work for Magasin III has been present in my mind.

I admire the core of Tal R’s artistry. He is, quite frankly, a painter’s painter.  He is truly interested in issues that concern painting as a medium and allows himself to approach a subject without conforming to style. The range of his iconography is vast, allowing himself to treat his imagery “kindly”, whilst tackling subject matter that is truly more brutal and disturbing. Relative to Guernica, for its size was the only pre-requisite for the commission, Tal R approaches his representations with a lesser amount of rage equal with an invitation and openness to the viewer. I have understood, for at least the past ten years, that to undertake a task of these proportions, was not beyond Tal R, to attempt and execute in a manner that resulted in both fulfilled expectations and a surprise. Finding the right vehicle and the right time, could have only been created now for a work of this magnitude, not only in size, but subject. And, additionally finding the right place, to be exhibited first here at Magasin III Jaffa is a perfect rendezvous.

About Tal R
Tal R was born in 1967 in Tel Aviv, Israel. At the age of one, he moved with his family to Copenhagen, Denmark where he grew up and currently lives and works. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Between 2005-2014 Tal R held a Professorship at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany.

Tal R has exhibited internationally, in both solo and group exhibitions. Institutional one-person exhibitions were held at: Hastings Contemporary, Hastings, UK (2019); Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, USA (2018); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Netherlands (2017); Museum of Modern Art, Denmark (2017);  Pinakothek der Moderne, Germany (2013); Museum Kunstpalast, Germany (2012); Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art, Sweden (2009); Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany (2009); Kunsthalle Tübingen, Germany (2009); Holstebro Kunstmuseum, Denmark (2009); Essl Museum, Austria (2008); Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca, Mexico (2008); Centro Cultural dos Correios, Brazil (2008); Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany (2007); Statens Museum for Kunst, Denmark (2005); Horsens Kunstmuseum, Denmark (2002); Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark (2000), among many others. In addition, Tal R has participated in group exhibitions at the EMMA Museum, Finland; Stade Museum, Germany; Holstebro Kunstmuseum, Denmark; Royal Academy of Arts, UK; Museo Pecci, Italy; Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico; Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art, Sweden; Museum of Art Ein Harod, Israel and more.

Tal R’s work is included in many notable collections worldwide, including Museum Kunstpalast, Germany; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago; Essl Museum, Austria; Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art, Sweden; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; Bonnefanten Museum, Holland; Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Finland, and many private collections.


About Magasin III Museum & Foundation for Contemporary Art
The museum is one of Europe’s leading institutions for contemporary art. Magasin III believes in the ability of art to challenge and inspire people and society. Since 1987, Magasin III has presented world-class exhibitions and continues to fortify its collection, which holds works by leading artists. Recent highlight exhibitions in Stockholm include Tom Friedman, Katarina Grosse, Tony Oursler, Mika Rottenberg, Ai Weiwei, Andrea Zittel and Gunnel Wåhlstrand.

About Magasin III Jaffa
In January 2018 Magasin III opened a permanent satellite space in Jaffa, greater Tel Aviv, with an inaugural exhibition by Haim Steinbach. It was followed by a solo exhibition by Sheila Hicks, and afterwards a solo exhibition by Cosima von Bonin. The space is located at 34 Olei Zion Street, in a residential neighborhood rich with history and cultural diversity that borders Jaffa’s famous flea market. Magasin III Jaffa’s diverse program features both local and international artists.

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