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Boaz Tal | Kobi Harel | Israel Moshenzon | Tzipy Adar | Jan Rauchwerger | Yaacov Kaufman

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Dos linages solos hay en el mondo, como decia una abuela mia, que son el tenir y el no tenir [There are only two families in the world, as a grandmother of mine would say: the haves and the have-nots]

Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

Nursing her child the mothercounts its fleabites

Kobayashi Issa

When a member of my family complains that he or she has bitten his tongue, bruised her fingerand so on, instead of the expected sympathy I put the question "Why did you do that ?"

Sigmund Freud

Freud is all nonsense; the secret of neurosis is to be found in the family battle of wills to see who can refuse longest to help with the dishes. The sink is the great symbol of the bloodiness of family life. All life is bad, but family life is worse

Julian Mitchell

It is our duty to bring up our children to love, honour and obey us.
If they don't they must be punished,
otherwise we would not be doing our duty.
If they grow up to love, honour and obey us
we have been blessed for bringing them up properly.
If they grow up not to love, honour and obey us
either we have brought them up properly
or we have not;if we have,
there must be something the matter with them;
if we have not
there is something the matter with us.

R.D. Laing, Knots

Nowadays there are two ways of concluding a bourgeois marriage. In Catholic countries the parents, as before, procure a suitable wife for their young bourgeois son, and the consequence is, of course, the fullest development of the contradiction inherent in monogamy: the husband abandons himself to hetaerism and the wife to adultery. Probably the only reason why the Catholic Church abolished divorce was because it had convinced itself that there is no more a cure for adultery than there is for death. In Protestant countries, on the other hand, the rule is that the son of a bourgeois family is allowed to choose a wife from his own class, more or less freely; hence there may be a certain element of love in the marriage as, indeed, in accordance with Protestant hypocrisy, is always assumed for decency's sake. Here the husband's hetaerism is a more sleepy kind of business, and adultery by the wife is less the rule. But since in every kind of marriage people remain what they were before, and since the bourgeois of Protestant countries are mostly philistines, all that this Protestant monogamy achieves, taking the average of the best cases, is a conjugal partnership of leaden boredom, known as "domestic bliss." The best mirror of these two methods of marrying is the novel -- the French novel for the Catholic manner, the German for the Protestant. In both, the hero "gets it": in the German, the young man gets the girl; in the French, the husband gets the horns. Which of them is worse off is not always easy to make out. This is why the French bourgeois is as much horrified by the dullness of the German novel as the German philistine is by the "immorality" of the French.

F. Engels, The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State

Boaz Tal

Family is the beauty of imperfect things

Self Portrait, Study of Male & Female. The Divine Comedy, 1998,
Colour print, 250x15 cm.

The Artist's Wife, after Leonardo. 2001,
colour print 70x70 cm.

Kobi Harel

The borders of yuor skin sign you
But you don't end there anymore
Within the additional expanse is your family
Blood connecting with blood
From solitary player you become a limb within a large body
And like limbs, which do not select their role,
Your rol likewise was cast in the ancient times
Of the dawn of humanity.

Fractured Sleep; silicon curtain, rubber, glass fibres,
88x113x16 cm

Israel Moshenzon

The cloning of the ego = (Family)

Self -portrait no.5, 1998, Mixed media, 60 cm.

Self -portrait no.4, 1997, Mixed media, 50 cm.

Installation, 1997-2003, Mixed media, 700x500 cm.

Tzipy Adar

The Rose and the Thorm
The wobbly prop

I never promised you a Rose Garden, Installation, 3600

Jan Rauchwerger

Relationships. I Pursue relationships,
I paint Relationships.
"Family" is a metaphor for Relationships:
love, tension, concern..

Mickey and Yaron, oil on plywood, 2004, 19x24.5 cm.

Mickey and Yaron, oil on plywood, 2004, 19x24 cm.

Yaacov Kaufman

Polyethy, plywood, aluminium , soft steel.

Steel thread.


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