Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Babies' bedtime

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Just because it's B-day at ABC Wednesday I thought I'd bring you these babies and their blankets at bedtime.

Wang Fu's "Beneath the Stars" (1999)
at the Israel Museum's exhibition "Good Night"

The exhibition aims to probe "the rite of passage marking the transition from the exertion of the day to the repose of the night and the sweetness of slumber."

You can click through here and see all the contemporary art on the subject at the museum's Youth Wing.

One local blog talks about the sinister aspects she saw in the collection.
On the other extreme, Haaretz calls it the stuff of dreams in its article which includes topics like kibbutz mythology and the twilight zone.

Back to our B theme: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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13 comments:

Gemma Wiseman said...

A most unusual work of art with some powerful ideas to consider! Most interesting!

crystal said...

Thanks for the link to the museum show. I found there a neat video of cute little bats :)

Roger Owen Green said...

wonderful rendering
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Leslie: said...

That is just SO sweet! Lovely post for our B week, Dina!

Leslie
abcw team

Kay said...

For a minute there, I thought the photo was something from a Japanese artist because the babies were asleep on the floor.

zongrik said...

this reminded me of the children's book Madeline and how the girls all sleep in their dormatory

birth death its all the same

chubskulit said...

Those are so cute.

Set of B's
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

JM said...

This is brilliant! How very cute.

VP said...

I'll take the Fifth...

Rob and Mandy said...

Oh I like this!

CaT said...

wow, that is quite interesting art. must be nice to see that in real!

as for the visitation stones; interesting to hear that this is most likely a term the americans made up... :) i was wondering what you think is the origin of placing pebbles on graves? is it indeed a remnant of earlier times when it was done to protect the buried bodies from wild animals?

Dina said...

CaT,
Yeah, it's just an ancient custom, putting a stone on the grave. Maybe to keep the animals from digging up the body. Or--as I remember my rabbi quipping half a century ago--"maybe it was to keep the spirits IN !" i.e. so they would not come out and haunt or visit the living.

Suzy said...

A very interesting but nice take on the prompt.

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