Public Movement regards the Museum as an arena where civic behavior in public space is molded according to the ideals of a democratic society. National Collection examines the Museum as a site and set of activities through which national and cultural identity are defined. The Declaration of the State of Israel took place in 1948, in the original location of the Tel Aviv Museum, during an historical event in which art and politics were one and the same.
National Collection opens almost a decade after Public Movement’s inaugural performative act: the laying of a wreath of white flowers on the steps of the Independence Hall. The exhibition temporarily returns the Independence Hall to the ‘Hall of Art’ to underscore a complex relationship and interdependency between the State and its cultural institutions.
To participate in the exhibition, the audience meets in the main building and then moves through the Museum’s galleries, as well as spaces that are usually closed to the public, in groups of up to 25 people.
From here, Public Movement members lead each group through a site-specific performance that includes a series of activities: ceremonies, short speeches, rituals and processions through the Museum—the choreography of which is based on two years of ongoing research and work in the Museum.
Public Movement is a performative research body established in 2006 by Omer Krieger and Dana Yahalomi, its director since 2011. The group initiates and creates activities within the public sphere, bringing together politics and art with the audience’s participation. Public Movement studies and creates public choreographies, forms of social order, overt and covert rituals. It explores the political and aesthetic possibilities residing in a group of people acting together.