An ironing board becomes absurd and threatening, the doors of a house are displaced, a glass of beer sprouts a tail… By altering material, scale, and perspective or by employing hybridization, fragmentation, and relocation, artists transform domestic objects and provoke a fresh response to the familiar.
Domestic spaces, objects and materials have increasingly emerged as source of inspiration in modern and contemporary practices. In the transition from functional object to artwork, the domestic object becomes a tool in the investigation of gender roles, housework, collecting and hoarding, and a means of reflecting on the home as the central site in the formation of family and memory, national and cultural identity.
Originating at the Israel Museum in 2017, No Place Like Home now finds new expression as a collaboration between Jerusalem and Lisbon. The exhibition unites more than one hundred objects, drawn from collections of the Israel Museum, the Museu Coleção Berardo and the Ellipse Collection (Holma/Ellipse), as well as private collections, galleries, and artists.
No Place Like Home explores the question of what happens if we restore objects-turned-artworks to their «natural» place within a quasi-home. The exhibition’s theme, range and layout—as well as its IKEA-inspired catalogue—offer us an experience of a «home» that is at once familiar and disorienting. Visitors at the exhibition, designed in the spirit of an architectural plan, play the part of the family.
This exhibition celebrates the 101 years to Duchamp’s iconoclastic Fountain and the 102nd anniversary of the revolutionary Dada movement. In each «room,» artists of the past 100 years are brought into dialogue. This curatorial choice underscores the spiritual legacy of Dada, from the ready-made to a contemporary exploration of migration, displacement, and the artist’s itinerancy in an age of globalization.