Two ballerinas, two stages, a pianist and a grand piano formed the ingredients for a remarkable installation by Yael Davids, made especially for Museum De Paviljoens.
One stage offered space for the grand piano and the pianist, the other for the two ballerinas. Instead of being placed on the stage, these four elements were hanging halfway through it as if they had crashed through the stage. One of the ballerinas was even hanging upside down in the stage.
Since one of the two stages made it impossible to cross the museum space normally, the public was confronted directly with the hardships endured by the performers who brought the works of Yael Davids to life: the visitors had to crawl under the stage in order to see the rest of the exhibition. With this installation entitled Musicbox, Davids expressed that art isn’t bound to nationality, culture or frontiers. Art is a world on its own that runs right through these.
Musicbox was made within the framework of the exhibition MAPPA: Yael Davids 1994 – 2003. The works by Yael Davids in De Collectie Almere include, amongst others, Table (1997). Previously, works by Yael Davids were on show in the exhibition Houdbaar (1999) at Museum De Paviljoens.
With thanks to the Dutch Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture, Ypma Pianos and Galerie Akinci
Yael Davids, Musicbox
Yael Davids (1968, Jerusalem, Israel)