Social Distance, a new phrase we learned and use since March 2020, had caused museums across the world to shut their doors.
Photographing inside the empty Tel Aviv museum, during the lockdown was overwhelming. center halls were flooded with natural skylight, while the inner galleries, a row of white cubes, veiled in grey, dimmed with pale rays of light breaking through the corridor. Well known masterpieces illuminated faintly, and iconic statues wrapped in protective covers.
These astounding art spaces, with its new and odd appearance, made the familiar and known become awkward and strange. Covered classic art pieces convey different meanings, and historic objects gained a kind of conceptual context in the current installations.
The museum spaces and the Art objects are indifferent to the Covid19 frenzy. It is us, we are planting the meanings to these visions of the era.
Soon we will be able to marvel again works of Degas, Picasso, Monet, Giacometti, Moor and many others, literally naked, in their original essence.