post-title Noa Eshkol | a village, flowers and homages | neugerriemschneider | 01.05.-07.08.2021

Noa Eshkol | a village, flowers and homages | neugerriemschneider | 01.05.-07.08.2021

Noa Eshkol | a village, flowers and homages | neugerriemschneider | 01.05.-07.08.2021

Noa Eshkol | a village, flowers and homages | neugerriemschneider | 01.05.-07.08.2021

until 07.08. | #3078ARTatBerlin | neugerriemschneider currently presents the solo exhibition a village, flowers and homages by the artist Noa Eshkol (1924-2007). This is the artist’s fourth solo exhibition at neugerriemschneider.

Bringing together eight rarely seen wall carpets from the 1970s to 1990s by the Israeli artist, choreographer, dancer and professor, the exhibition examines interconnected themes at the heart of Eshkol’s practice; plant life and flowers, village and pastoral views, and the playful homages she paid to art history and other artists.

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Noa Eshkol, On the Way to the Village (Homage to Derain), 1979
Wool, cotton, rayon, acrylic, polyester, wool gabardine, cotton velvet, crêpe de Chine, 237 x 143 cm
© The Noa Eshkol Foundation for Movement Notation, Holon, Israel
Courtesy The Noa Eshkol Foundation for Movement Notation, Holon, Israel, and neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Photo by Jens Ziehe

Now also celebrated for her vibrant works in textile, which she described as “wall carpets”, Noa Eshkol began her artistic career as a choreographer and movement theorist in the 1950s. In 1954 she founded the Noa Eshkol Chamber Dance Group, based in Holon, Israel, and went on to invent the pioneering Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation to capture and analyze corporeal movement. Her troupe of dancers both lived and rehearsed together, shaping a communal experience centered on collective exchange and discipline. In the 1970s Eshkol began working with textiles. For these works, she adopted the overarching tenet that each wall carpet was to be comprised of found or gifted pieces of fabric. These fragments were unmodified after being gathered by Eshkol and were never cut or torn for inclusion in her compositions. Her textile works, like her dances, were the results of everyone’s efforts – members of the Chamber Dance Group sewed the elements together by hand from compositions arranged by Eshkol.

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Noa Eshkol, Village with a grouse, 1979, Wool, cotton, 184 x 145 cm
© The Noa Eshkol Foundation for Movement Notation, Holon, Israel
Courtesy The Noa Eshkol Foundation for Movement Notation, Holon, Israel, and neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Photo by Jens Ziehe

Noa Eshkol cultivated an expansive garden at her home in Holon, Israel. Tightly packed ferns, cacti, trees and flowers of all descriptions abounded in her personal nursery, and their forms appeared from the outset of her work with textile. As well as travelling in Israel, Eshkol occasionally went abroad, and her impressions of the new geographies she encountered and their unique color palettes are manifest in the works she composed on her return. Across her oeuvre, Eshkol’s wall carpets draw freely from themes as diverse as folktales, literature, the work of other artists, geometry, still lifes, village- city- and landscapes. Her love of pastoral views and plant life in particular is intertwined with a recurring, playful homage to art history and the work of other artists. Numerous 19th- and 20th-century artists she admired make their way into these works, with wall carpets by Noa Eshkol alluding to André Derain, Vincent van Gogh and David Hockney on view for this exhibition at neugerriemschneider.

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Noa Eshkol, Yellow Landscape (Homage to Van Gogh), 1979
Cotton, wool, silk, viscose, rayon, polyester, polyamide, 233 x 141 cm
© The Noa Eshkol Foundation for Movement Notation, Holon, Israel
Courtesy The Noa Eshkol Foundation for Movement Notation, Holon, Israel, and neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Photo by Jens Ziehe

The artwork of Noa Eshkol (b. 1924 Kibbutz Degania Bet, Israel; d. 2007 Holon, Israel) has been the subject of international solo and group exhibitions at Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2019); CFHILL Art Space, Stockholm (2019); Istanbul Museum of Modern Art (2019); Vleeshal, Middelburg and Kunstverein, Amsterdam (both 2017); 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016); Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2016); Stiftung Opelvillen, Rüsselsheim (2013); TBA21, Vienna; Jewish Museum, New York; LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem and CCA Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (2011-2012); The Open Museum, Tefen Industrial Park, Kfar Vradim, Israel (2010); Hamumche Gallery, Tel Aviv (1998); Museum of Art, Ein Harod (1996); Museum of Decorative Art, Copenhagen (1980); and Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv (1978).

Exhibition period: Saturday, 1st May to Saturday, 7th August 2021

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Image caption title: Noa Eshkol, Yellow Landscape (Homage to Van Gogh), 1979, Cotton, wool, silk, viscose, rayon, polyester, polyamide, 233 x 141 cm © The Noa Eshkol Foundation for Movement Notation, Holon, Israel, Courtesy The Noa Eshkol Foundation for Movement Notation, Holon, Israel, and neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Photo by Jens Ziehe

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