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For traveling art lovers, museumgoers, and, well, just about anyone who’s looking for a boundary pushing, innovative experience into the world of art – past and present – the latest exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) certainly won’t disappoint.
The MFA’s latest exhibit, Ori Gersht: History Repeating, which was set to launch on August 28 and run through January 6, 2013, kicked off this past weekend with a bang – figuratively, of course; well, actually, bang might just be the perfect term.
Ori Gersht’s work channels between the past and present; creating, and at times, poetically destroying pieces that may look familiar to the common artisan.
For example, Gersht’s popular artistic video, Big Bang, initially appears to be a known 18th-century Dutch painting by Henri Fantin-Latour, until a subtle, yet, fascinating explosion takes off.
The compelling tension between violence and beauty throughout Gersht’s work is set to create a captivating exhibition that should make its way on to any locals or first-timers must-see list.
Ori Gersht’s Pomegranate:
In Gersht’s words:
From a historical perspective, Gersht’s exhibit moves through time across more than 30 pieces of work, capturing the history of art and politics, as well as his firsthand childhood memories in conflict-ridden Israel.
As the first full survey of Gersht’s work, including several photographs never before exhibited, Ori Gersht: History Repeating will also be accompanied by a major monograph published by the MFA, which will be available beginning August 28, 2012, in the MFA Bookstore and online.
Planning to check it out?
The MFA is open seven days a week: Saturday-Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., and Wednesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 9:45 p.m. Admission runs $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and students (18 and older), and for youths 17 and younger, admission is free during non-school hours. Admission is also free on Wednesday’s after 4 p.m.
For more video teasers on the exhibit, head to the MFA’s YouTube channel.