press release

Tal R : Men Who Can't Sit on Horses
October 24, 2019–March 27, 2020

Magasin III Jaffa, is pleased to announce : Men Who Can't Sit on Horses, a solo exhibition by artist Tal R, featuring 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.

The exhibition opened on October 24, 2019 and will run through March 27, 2020.

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:

"For many years I have nurtured the idea of asking a contemporary artist to create a single painting with the same dimensions as the iconic work by Pablo Picasso, Guernica. A canvas that is 3.49 meters in height and has the astonishing width of 7.77 meters. Picasso's Guernicais very likely one of the most important paintings of the 20th century, executed with an artistic and furious rage depicting historical events of 1937's Europe."

Neuman continues, "Magasin III has a long relationship with the artist Tal R. Subsequently, it was not a difficult decision to ask him to attempt this adventure, and to my utter delight he didn't hesitate to take on such a complicated task. The commission was not about making a commentary about Guernica. Tal is too great of an artist to even contemplate such a challenge. No, this is about facilitating Tal's expanded possibilities of a narrative. The artist has also been engulfed in deeply complicated issues of how to 'paint' something so massive, which I know he has enjoyed tremendously."

"The political turmoil in the world has not decreased since the atrocities in the city of Guernica. I can't imagine a better place than Magasin III Jaffa to view and reflect on the state of humanity in front of a most impressive painting by Tal R. It is with a high level of achievement that Natten (The Night) has its premiere in Israel."

Curator: David Neuman