The show was originally scheduled for Passover 2020, to mark a year since the passing of the esteemed artist Pesach Slabosky, who died on the eve of the holiday he felt so connected to. Following the Corona crisis, the exhibition was postponed. Despite the postponement, a multi-participant virtual event in his memory was held at the time, which was successful beyond expectation, emphasizing the void that Slabosky left upon his departure.
Now, “The Story of Pesach” opens the Jerusalem exhibition season and marks the inauguration of the new Barbur Gallery space in the Mamilla neighborhood, where Koresh 14 gallery is also located. This vital project is the result of a collaboration between the two veteran galleries, while the new proximity emphasizes the connection between the two parts of the show.
Slabosky (born in the US, 1947), immigrated to Israel five decades ago and became an integral part of the Israeli art scene as a unique and prominent figure. His wit and sharpness of mind were expressed in numerous ways: in his work, in the shows he curated and exhibited, in his various writings both in “Studio” art magazine and in his book “The Reconditioned Inspiration,” in his musical performances as a member of “Same World Trio,” and in his art teaching at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Due to his many contributions, he occupied a central place in the life and work of countless artists from a spectrum of disciplines and practices.
Through works of artists, friends, colleagues, former students, family members, and art lovers, “The Story of Pesach” tells the tale of the Jerusalemite artist Pesach Slabosky. Nearly 100 artists from a range of disciplines, including painting, sculpture, installation, performance, and poetry, take part in the show, held at Barbur and Koresh 14 galleries in the capital. The show’s significance lies in bringing forth Slabosky’s contribution to the local art community and his profound impact on it.
The exhibition seeks to express the deep ties he shared with us all. It aims to enable the art community to remember his unique nature and rejoice in the privilege of his presence amongst us for so many years.
The exhibition is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Sport, Department of Museums and Plastic Art, and The Jerusalem Foundation.
Artists: Avi Sabah | Avigail Fried | Adva Drori | Oree Holban | Orit Livne | Ayala Fox | Ilan Baruch | Irit Hemmo | Alex Goldberg | Alex Kremer | Elad Rosen | Amnon Ben Ami | Annette Kleinfeld Lissauer | Efrat Shalem | Arik Kilemnik | Boaz Levental | Gabi Kricheli | Gabriella Klein | Joel Kantor | Gustavo Sagorsky | Gilad Ofir | Jenifer Bar Lev | Dvora Agranov | Debbie Margalit | David Amir | Daniel Slabosky | Drora Domini | Heddy Abramowitz | Hadas Amster | Harriet Goitein | Vered Hadad | Chana Goldberg | Hanna Ben-Haim Yulzari | Tal Gafny | Talia Tokatly | Talia Israeli | Tamir Chen | Judith Appleton | Yochi Minay | Yonat Cintra | Yonatan Giron | Yoshi Slabosky | Yemima Ergaz | Yanai Segal | Israel Rabinovitz | Linda L Altabef | Maya Cohen Levy | Maya Muchavsky Parnas | Marek Yanai | Meydad Eliyahu | Mordechai Geldman | Michael Ben Abu | Miri Nishri | Moshe Gershon | Matan Ben Tolila | Matan Israeli | Nurit Gur Lavie | Nechama Kaplan | Nimrod Nishri | Nomi Bruckmann | Nomi Tannhauser | Naomi Leshem | Sophie Halbreich | Sivan Lavie | Sela Koren | Ayana Shany | Einat Best | Ira Shali | Irit Schur Block | Inbal Nissim | Paticia O’donovan | Peter J. Maltz | Pamela Levy | Francis Cunningham | Zvi Tolkovsky | Sala Manca | Keren Donde | Roni Heller | Ruti Ben Yaakov | Rotem Manor | Riva Pinsky Awadish | Rita Mendes-Flohr | Reut Shahar Ben Shaul | Rakefet Viner-Omer | Shai Yehezkelli | Shai-Li Uziel | Shirel Horovitz | Shlomo Serry | Shimon Pinto | Tirza Freund
Curatorial Advisor: Nomi Bruckmann