National Collection
About the exhibition
National Collection
National Collection

National Collection was a museum exhibition realized in its entirety as a durational performance. The exhibition was held over six weeks in various spaces of the museum, and was performed by eleven members of Public Movement.

In her role as Director of Strategy and Protocol, Alhena co-conceptualized the exhibition with Public Movement Director, Dana Yahalomi, and wrote the texts activated by Public Movement Members during the performance.

Image: National Collection, Tel Aviv, 2015. Photo by Oz Moalem.

About the exhibition
About the exhibition

Almost a decade after Public Movement's inaugural performative act: the laying a wreath of white flowers on the steps of Independence Hall, the exhibition temporarily returns the Independence Hall to the "Hall of Art" to underscore a complex relationship, and interdependency, between the State and its cultural institutions.

Public Movement regards the Museum as an arena where civic behavior in public space is molded. National Collection examines the Museum as a site and set of activities through which national and cultural identity are defined.

Drawing on the historical and contemporary contexts embodied by the Museum’s architecture, collections, gathering spaces, and codes of conduct, Public Movement activates political and national mechanisms by engaging the participant in a series of actions and new choreographies. In this light, the Museum collection is not assessed for the material value of the artworks, but as a visual body through which society defines itself.

As part of National Collection the performance Debriefing Session II was staged in a separate, secret location in the Museum. Debriefing Sessions are Public Movement methodology, which exist in the transition between research and action.

National Collection includes "Rescue", based on the action "Emergency", that was created by Omer Krieger and Dana Yahalomi.

Image: National Collection, Tel Aviv, 2015. Photo by Oz Moalem.


Public Movement Director - Dana Yahalomi
National Collection Co-Conceptualizer - Alhena Katsof
Consultant and Deputy Director - Gali Libraider
Public Movement Members - Ma'ayan Choresh, Laura Kirshenbaum, Adili Liberman, Gali Libraider, Meshi Olinky, Moshe Shechter Avshalom
New Members - Nadav Eilon, Mor Gur-Arie, Danielle Shoufra
Debriefing Session ll Agents - Hagar Ophir, Nir Shaouloff
Independence Hall Guides – Johnny Reves, Uri Smama, Ohad Weber
Project Manager - Adi Nachman
Training Manager - Carmel Bar
Studio Manager – Lihi Levy
Laundry Managing - Rami Heuberger


Extended Team:
Curator - Ruti Direktor

The Committee - Amit Drori, Jackie Shemesh, Saar Szekely, Tal Yahas

Space and Objects Design - Samuel Ben Shalom
Public Movement Anthem - Yammi Wisler
Co-creator of Debriefing Session II - Alhena Katsof
Research Debriefing Session ll – Hagar Ophir
Texts: Deakla Keydar
Head of Documentation - Kfir Bolotin
Debriefing Session ll Translation - Michal Shalev
Vocal Training - Yaniv Baruch

The exhibition was made possible thanks to the generosity of
Ostrovsky Family Fund
Ministry of Culture and Sport - Culture Administration
Friends of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in Israel
Barbara Toll/The Evelyn Toll Family Foundation
Israel Lottery Council for Culture and Arts
The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation
MGS Sport Trading Ltd.

Image: National Collection, performance documentation, Tel Aviv, 2015. Photo by Oz Moalem.