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Marcel Janco “DADA”

Marcel Janko is one of the founders of Dadaism movement. The artistic career began when Marcel together with his brother Jules performed in cabaret Romanian folklore and played the accordion. In this context, they became acquainted with Hugo Ball and, therefore, the other independent artists of Cabaret Voltaire

Displayed piece has name “DADA”, this word was introduced as a title for the movement by poet Tristan Tzara, which means a toy horse or tail of sacred cow or mother in some Italian regions. The artwork is oil & plaster on canvas and panel. The mixed media cubistic landscape with sailing boats and a bird soaring above.

In the Holy Land

Marcel Janco emigrated to Israel in 1941 fleeing pogroms. He was planning park zones, as a part of the state service. This was a continuation of his work with Contimporanul, the Romanian avant-garde magazine, where he explored revolutionary vision of Urban planning.

The artist won the Dizengoff Prize and Israel Prize, and, also, was a founder of Ein Hod, a utopian art colony near Haifa. In 1952 he was one of three artists whose work was displayed at the Israeli pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Interestingly, it was the first year when Israel had its own pavilion at the Biennale. The other two artists were Reuven Rubin and Moshe Mokady. In addition, check our collection of artworks by Rubin. For instance, take a look at magical deep blue eyes of two boys in “A double portrait of two boys”. Rubin’s indigenous artistic style is a mix of European schools of the 20th century beginning with Eastern features.

Kings Gallery is a leading fine art gallery established in Jerusalem in 1995. We strive to collect and sell the highest quality historic and contemporary Israeli and International art. The gallery specializes in artists from the early period of the 1920’s. In addition, Kings Gallery features leading up-and-coming young artists who will definitely be prominent names in the next few years.

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