Tel Aviv, 2 April 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Richard Armstrong, and the director and head curator of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Suzanne Landau, announced their joint acquisition of Yael Bartana’s video work titled And Europe Will Be Stunned (2007-11).
This video trilogy, including Mary Koszmary (2007), Mur i wieza (2009) and Zamach (2011), was presented at the Venice Biennale in 2011, where the artist represented Poland. (Though she is a citizen of Israel, her Polish origins allowed her to represent the country.)
Suzanne Landau gives further details: “we showed Yael’s trilogy at the museum last fall and felt committed to acquire it for our collection. We are very pleased that, thanks to the collaboration with the Guggenheim, we were able to achieve it. This joint acquisition further emphasizes the importance of Yael’s piece and strengthens her position in the international contemporary art scene.” The work was bought thanks to the funds given by the “collections Council.” The Tel Aviv Museum of Art itself received the help of the “British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel” (BFAMI).
Born on 22 December 1970, Bartana is an Israeli contemporary video artist. After studying at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, then at Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, she started doing solo exhibitions in 2004. Among the artist’s themes of interest are nationalism and Zionism.