Eco-Calypsa – When Art and Ecology Conjoin

The Council for a Beautiful Israel will host a unique retrospective of ecological art

By Marlen-Aviva Greenpeter

Eco-Calypsa is the name given to a retrospective exhibition of works by Daphna Margolin, Israel's pioneering technological artist. The Council for a Beautiful Israel will launch it on 14 May and works will be on display through 5 June. The exhibition speaks of the seam-line between technology and ecology.

The exhibition will include selected works by Margolin from all periods that express a unique concept that describes the connection between the environment and technology. It includes an apocalyptic vision, but also opens a window of optimism and potential repair.

Margolin, a pioneering Israeli ecological artist, has been active in this field since 1975 and an educator of both disciplines, art and the environment, for many years. In 1979, she won the International Vacation Prize from the Israeli Knesset for her achievements in research and practical moves in environmental education. Her works were exhibited, among other places, at Grand Palais in Paris, the 1822 Forum Gallery in Frankfurt, the FusionArts Museum in New York, the Venice Biennale, and many other international venues, as well as in the Israel Art Museum of Ramat Gan, and the National Museum of Science, Technology, and Space at the Matilda Recanati Center in Haifa.

Referring to Margolin's exhibition, Eshel Segal, deputy chairperson of the Council for a Beautiful Israel, said that "when an ecological problem is expressed through art, chances increase for it to become accessible, understandable, and dearer to our hears, which may bring it closer to solution."

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