Museum Boijmans van Beuningen
Installations, videos, futuristic buildings
It is not often the art and the artist is as connected as this. The art of Israeli/French artist Absalon are intriguing, but his short lifestory is fascinating as well. After serving in the army for four years, he left Israel for France to become an artist. His successful career lasted for only six years until his life ended at 29. It is tempting to look at his background when looking at his art, after all his artist name has deep historic value - Absalon was the rebellious son of the biblical hero King David. His art not only closely connected to him, he actually had plans to live in his art.
Absalon was inspired by the Modernists, but unlike Le Corbusier he created buildings for himself to live in. Just big enough for him to move around in, but still containing all things necessary. He would have his own world to himself, like a hermit. But the buildings were destined to be in the cities where he lived, Frankfurt, Paris, New York and Tokyo. The home decides how to live, on the border of the possible physics. He creates his own reality, his own borders. Within his realm he is in control of everything.
The buildings are in life size, where the visitors can enter. There are also different studies on form and shape, and videos with quite different expressions.
The protagonist screams and screams until he can no more.
Cellule no. 6 (Prototype / Tokyo) + Cellule no. 5 (Prototype / Frankfurt)
Inside Cellule no. 6 (Prototype / Tokyo)
Exhibition page here