3 July - 6 November
Amos Gitai is a trained architect who also works as an artist. Today he is one of the world’s most well-known and respected filmmakers. He continues to live and work in his native Israel.
Amos Gitai’s work raises questions about identity, memory and history in relation to the destiny of his country and its surroundings. He uses film to stimulate profound thoughts on past and present events, dealing also with the transmission of memory and the role of art in relation to these issues. He adopts a singular approach to the theme of memory that immerses viewers in the assessment of a collective experience.
The spaces, pictures, sounds and images offer the public the possibility to embark on a personal journey and a unique spatial experience. Similar to architecture, these constructs confront various elements – photographs, collages, sounds and spaces – to generate responses and considerations from the public, and offer possible new interpretations. Amos Gitai’s most recent film Rabin, the Last Day, was presented at the 72nd Venice Film Festival.
Through the stories of different figures, it reconstructs the events leading up to the assassination, on 4 November 1995, of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. More than twenty years after the event, the film exposes entirely new details of the complex political struggles of this period and their consequence on society today. The exhibition is a special project dedicated to the film. A site-specific installation created by Amos Gitai himself shares and describes twenty years of research. In the setting of the Museum, Gitai proposes a new reading through a combination of video and audio installations, photographs and archival documents that approaches the question of democracy in parallel to the paroxysm of political violence. Amos Gitai has built his career as a witness to the evolution of society, in particular in Israel. He works to reveal the complexity and reality of geopolitical conflict in the Middle East. Through his films he questions issues of identity in the quasi-utopian society of the State of Israel.