Contribution of the Albin Family to the Museum Honoring the memory of Michael (Micky) Albin
The geometrical shapes joint together in Marcel Janco’s gold reliefs, carry on in space, creating visual perfection, aspiring towards an abstract encapsulation of reality. These shapes have been the landmarks of Janco’s work throughout his entire artistic career. They first appear during his Dada period in works made of plaster, follow through his entire activity in Romania, and re-appear later in the works done after his immigration to Israel.
Since the 1960s Janco has started making, in collaboration with Itche Mambush, serialized works of paper, plaster, and metal reliefs (as well as reliefs made from a great variety of other materials), where the same geometrical shapes were introduced. The current exhibition presents Janco’s works in an uncommon material – gold.
At the heart of the exhibition is a series of works that are the outcome of a joint initiative of Marcel Janco and Michael (Micky) Albin. Janco and Albin met in the 1980s in connection with Albin’s contribution to the building of the Museum. On this occasion Janco brought up the idea of creating a series of reliefs made of gold, a material Janco had already worked with in his series of jewelry and medals. The series of reliefs includes castings which differ from one another in their smooth or coarse finish; and gold cut-outs attached to rusty metals, creating a sort of collage, similar to previous works he made on surfaces like jute fabric and plaster which enhance the contrastive features of the materials.
The series was done not long before Janco’s death and was signed right before he died. This was probably one of the artist’s last projects. The exhibition presents eight out of the twelve works which constitute the whole series. On the 25th anniversary of Janco’s death, the Albin family decided to donate the whole series to the collection of the Museum, in honor of the late Michael (Micky) Albin.