Igael Tumarkin, 1961

11 Minutes, 1961
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Language: Music
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This is a silent film with a rich soundtrack that Israeli artist Yigael Tumarkin produced in 1961, on his own artistic endeavors.
Throughout his artistic career, Tumarkin was active both in theatre and cinema as an actor, designer, director, producer, and content editor: Victories without Peace, 1967 (content and criticism); Earth, Wind and Rust, 1969; Case of a Woman, 1969 (acting); and Hole in the Moon, 1980 (design) are just a few examples. The current film provides a close-up look at the artist’s work in the making seen through his own outlook. A rare find.

Born in Germany, Avant-guard artist Yigael Tumarkin (1933–2021) was the son of a Jewish mother and a German director/actor father. Fleeing Nazi Germany, his mother arrived in Palestine in 1935 when he was two years old. At age twenty-two, Tumarkin traveled to East Germany and worked as a stage designer in the Berliner Ensemble, Bertolt Brecht’s theatre. He continued to Germany and then to the Netherlands, gradually discovering modern European art styles, specifically Dadaism and the French avant-garde. After his return to Israel in 1960, Tumarkin developed the assemblage style that would characterize his future work. The short film is a treasure trove for admirers of Tumarkin’s artistic worldview. It reveals his techniques and processes, studio, sites for his environmental art, textures, and materials, and the sources of inspiration that will continue to characterize Tumarkin’s mature work. The film was self-produced with support from the Ministry of Culture and the Israeli Film Archive. The accompanying soundtrack resonates with Tumarkin’s avant-garde work.

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