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Curators: Suzanne Landau, Yulla and Jacques Lipchitz Chief Curator of the Fine Arts and Landeau Family Curator of Contemporary Art, and Amitai Mendelsohn, Curator of the David Orgler Department of Israel Art, and Talia Amar, Associate Curator, Contemporary Art

November 8, 2011-April 13, 2012
Location: Bella and Harry Wexner Gallery

The Israel Museum's collection of contemporary art is constantly growing, with the help of many friends whose generosity enables us to focus our new acquisitions on particular directions, subjects, and mediums. Thus the present exhibition is devoted to works that are all being displayed for the first time and are interconnected by a shared theme: enchantment.

Magic Lantern embraces a range of mediums – installation, photography, video, film – and even hearkens back to the earliest way in which images were projected onto a screen, seemingly miraculously, as intangible specters. Whether landscapes or interior scenes, the works seen here invoke the world of legend, daydream, fantasy, and illusion: imaginary journeys, blurred silhouettes in the mist, flickering flames, dark forest shadows. What we think we know about the real world assumes the diffuse contours of something magical. Poetic reflections on a fragile butterfly-wing beauty that shows itself and then vanishes; an intimate twilight voyage guided by light and shadow.

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