Yael Bartana: Inferno, 2013, Video Still (Detail), Courtesy of Petzel Gallery, New York; Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam; Simmer Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv © Die Künstlerin

Reality …
is more absurd than any film

02.03.2019 –

What does it mean to grow up in a society that does not firmly link “homeland” to a particular place, but experiences being on the move as a source of identity?


It is no coincidence that motifs of displacement and (e)migration frequently appear in the work of artists who have a biographical connection with Israel. Whether it is about religious cult sites, the threat to private property, the noise of war, or an absurd quest for meaning: grandi-ose video projections, accompanied by other groups of works, shine a visually stunning light on the fragility of social order. Although the motifs are closely linked with Israel’s history, they also characterize at the same time the condition of a Europe undergoing a profound process of change.

Please note:

The exhibition contribution by Omer Fast, a VR film in a special setting, can only be viewed by personal registration at the venue. The resulting waiting times can be easily bridged by a visit to the other exhibition rooms or a short break in Marta’s kupferbar.


Yael Bartana, Guy Ben-Ner, Keren Cytter, Omer Fast, Roee Rosen

Web app

In particular for use in the darker rooms of the exhibition, the guide to the individual exhibits can be called up as a web app on the smartphone or tablet. It is available both inside and outside the museum, is browser-based, and does not have to be separately downloaded.

Thank you

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Marta partners
Many thanks to the Marta Herford Corporate Partners and Corporate Premium Partners as well as the Marta Fund for New Art for their ongoing support of our program.