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Naama Tsabar

Estuaries 

12 April - 22 September 2024

Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart

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Hamburger Bahnhof presents the installation and performance artist with her first institutional solo exhibition in Germany. The exhibition focuses on three bodies of work with wall and floor works that also function as musical instruments and can be activated by the audience. 

Naama Tsabar | Estuaries - Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart - Viewing Room - Goodman Gallery Viewing Rooms
Naama Tsabar | Estuaries - Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart - Viewing Room - Goodman Gallery Viewing Rooms

Work On Felt (Variation 2), 2021

Felt, carbon fiber, epoxy, wood, archival PVA, Bass guitar Tuner,
piano string, piezo microphone and guitar amplifier

Work: 82.5 x 91.4 x 309.9 cm (32.5 x 36 x 122 in.)

Edition of 3

 

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Naama Tsabar | Estuaries - Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart - Viewing Room - Goodman Gallery Viewing Rooms
Naama Tsabar | Estuaries - Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart - Viewing Room - Goodman Gallery Viewing Rooms

Work on Felt (Variation 22) Dark Blue, 2023

Felt, carbon fiber, epoxy, wood, archival PVA,
guitar Tuner, piano string, cable stops, aluminum,
piezo microphone, guitar amplifier

Work: 196.8 x 166.053 x 65.405 cm (77.5 x 65.4 x 25.8 in.)

 

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Naama Tsabar | Estuaries - Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart - Viewing Room - Goodman Gallery Viewing Rooms

With the use of felt in connection with sound, Naama Tsabar corresponds with works by Joseph Beuys, which are also shown in parallel in the Kleihueshalle. The exhibition is the first in a series of contemporary presentations in dialogue with the presentation of Beuys’ works in the collection.

 

Naama Tsabar | Estuaries - Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart - Viewing Room - Goodman Gallery Viewing Rooms

Work on Felt (Variation 27) Dark Blue, 2021

Carbon fiber, epoxy, wood, felt, microphone, guitar amplifier

Work: 163.8 x 190.5 x 218.4 cm (64.5 x 75 x 86 in.)

 

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Naama Tsabar | Estuaries - Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart - Viewing Room - Goodman Gallery Viewing Rooms

Work on Felt (Variation 28) Dark Blue, 2023

Felt, carbon fiber, epoxy, wood, archival PVA,
guitar Tuner, piano string, cable stops, aluminum,
piezo microphone, guitar amplifier

Work: 214.63 x 172.1 x 27.94 cm

 

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Naama Tsabar | Estuaries - Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart - Viewing Room - Goodman Gallery Viewing Rooms
Naama Tsabar | Estuaries - Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart - Viewing Room - Goodman Gallery Viewing Rooms

Work on Felt (Variation 26) Purple, 2021

Carbon fiber, epoxy, wood, felt,
microphone, guitar amplifier

Work: 194.3 x 151.4 x 51.4 cm (76.5 x 59.6 x 20.25 in.)

Naama Tsabar | Estuaries - Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart - Viewing Room - Goodman Gallery Viewing Rooms
Naama Tsabar | Estuaries - Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart - Viewing Room - Goodman Gallery Viewing Rooms

Work on Felt (Variation 30) Copper, 2023

Felt, carbon fiber, epoxy, wood, archival PVA,
guitar Tuner, piano string, cable stops, aluminum,
piezo microphone, guitar amplifier

Work: 248.9 x 97.8 x 67.3 cm

 

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Naama Tsabar | Estuaries - Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart - Viewing Room - Goodman Gallery Viewing Rooms

Work on Felt (Variation 31) Copper, 2023

Carbon fiber, epoxy, wood, felt,
microphone, guitar amplifier

243.2 x 100 x 106.7 cm (95.75 x 39.38 x 42 in.)

 

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Naama Tsabar | Estuaries - Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart - Viewing Room - Goodman Gallery Viewing Rooms

Work on Felt Overlap Diptych (Variation 1), Copper and Sandstone, 2023

Felt, carbon fiber, epoxy, wood, archival PVA,
guitar Tuner, piano string, cable stops, aluminum,
piezo microphone, guitar amplifier

Work: 217.7 x 169.5 x 71.12 cm

 

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Naama Tsabar | Estuaries - Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart - Viewing Room - Goodman Gallery Viewing Rooms
Naama Tsabar | Estuaries - Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart - Viewing Room - Goodman Gallery Viewing Rooms

Work on Felt Overlap Diptych (Variation 2) Dark Blue and Purple, 2023

Felt, carbon fiber, epoxy, wood, archival PVA,
guitar Tuner, piano string, cable stops, aluminum,
piezo microphone, guitar amplifier

Work: 233 x 200.33 x 92.71 cm  (91.75 x 78.9 x 36.5 in.)

 

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Naama Tsabar | Estuaries - Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart - Viewing Room - Goodman Gallery Viewing Rooms

Inversion #2, 2019

Wood, microphone, metal, plastic,
polyurethane and latex paint, cable port

Work: 147.32 x 88.9 x 12.065 cm

 

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Inversion 3, 2021

Voice of Rose Blanshei, sound of BroodX cicadas, wood,
varnish, paint, infra-red sensors, Arduino, WAV trigger,
wires,cable port, cables, purflingCoding: Brian Oakes

Work: 152.4 x 121.92 x 40 cm

 

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Inversion 4, 2021

Voice of Wolf Weston, sound of BroodX cicadas, wood,

varnish, paint, infra-red sensors, Arduino, WAV trigger,

wiCoding: Brian Oakesres, cable port, cables, purfling

Work: 243.84 x 157.48 x 41.91 cm

 

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Naama Tsabar | Estuaries - Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart - Viewing Room - Goodman Gallery Viewing Rooms

Inversion 5, 2021

Voice of Wolf Weston, sound of BroodX cicadas, wood, varnish,
paint, infra- red sensors, Arduino, WAV trigger, wires,
cable port, cables, purfling

Work: 243.84 x 147.32 x 40 cm

 

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Naama Tsabar | Estuaries - Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart - Viewing Room - Goodman Gallery Viewing Rooms

Inversion 6, 2021

wood, strings, varnish, paint, banjo tuners,
contact microphones, cable port

Work: 243.84 x 140.97 x 20.95 cm

 

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Naama Tsabar's art overcomes the boundaries of sculpture, music, performance and architecture: The performance, created especially in the exhibition, is developed in close collaboration with a group of female identifying or gender non-confirming musicians and performers from Berlin and New York.

Naama Tsabar | Estuaries - Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart - Viewing Room - Goodman Gallery Viewing Rooms

Inversion 7, 2024

Wood, microphone,
audio connectors,
purfling, varnish, paint

Work: 121.92 x 93.98 x 13.97 cm

 

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October 13 2019 – July 5 2021, 2019 - 2021

Shoes, metronome, motor and battery

Work: 39.37 x 17.78 x 27.94 cm (15.5 x 7 x 11 in.)

 

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Naama Tsabar | Estuaries - Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart - Viewing Room - Goodman Gallery Viewing Rooms

Melody of Certain Damage #22, 2022

Broken electric guitar, strings, metal,
cable stops, screws, microphones

Work: 121.92 x 111.76 x 6.99 cm

 

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Naama Tsabar | Estuaries - Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart - Viewing Room - Goodman Gallery Viewing Rooms

Melody of Certain Damage #21, 2022

Broken electric guitar, strings, metal,
cable stops, screws, microphones

Work: 203.2 x 87.63 x 10.16 cm

 

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Naama Tsabar | Estuaries - Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart - Viewing Room - Goodman Gallery Viewing Rooms

Melody of Certain Damage #20, 2022

Broken electric guitar, strings,
metal, cable stops, screws,
microphones

Work: 321.31 x 106.68 x 6.35 cm

 

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Naama Tsabar | Estuaries - Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart - Viewing Room - Goodman Gallery Viewing Rooms
Naama Tsabar | Estuaries - Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart - Viewing Room - Goodman Gallery Viewing Rooms

Melody of Certain Damage #18, 2022

Broken electric guitar, strings, metal,
cable stops, screws, microphones

Work: 264.16 x 144.78 x 8.26 cm

 

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Twilight (gaffer wall), 2007/2024

Variable Dimensions

 

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Naama Tsabar | Estuaries - Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart - Viewing Room - Goodman Gallery Viewing Rooms

Naama Tsabar's (b. 1982, Israel) practice fuses elements from sculpture, music, performance and architecture. Her interactive works expose hidden spaces and systems, reconceive gendered narratives, and shift the viewing experience to one of active participation. Tsabar draws attention to the muted and unseen by propagating sound through space and sculptural form. Between sculpture and instrument, form and sound, Tsabar’s work lingers on the intimate, sensual and corporeal potentials within this transitional state. Collaborating with local communities of female identifying and gender non-conforming performers, Tsabar writes a new feminist and queer history of mastery. 

 

Selected solo exhibitions include:  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York), Museum of Art and Design (New York), The High Line Art (New York), Nasher Museum (Durham, NC), Kunsthaus Baselland (Switzerland), Palais De Tokyo (Paris), Prospect New Orleans, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, The Herziliya Museum for Contemporary Art in Israel, MARTE-C (El Salvador), CCA Tel Aviv (Israel), Faena Buenos Aires, Frieze Projects New York, Kasmin (New York), Paramo Gallery (Guadalajara), Dvir Gallery (Israel and Brussels), Spinello Projects (Miami) Shulamit Nazarian (Los Angeles).

Selected group shows include: The Andy Warhol Museum, The Jewish Museum of Belgium, Ballroom Marfa, Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, Elevation 1049 Gstaad (Switzerland), TM Triennale, Hasselt Genk, Belgium, ‘Greater New York’ 2010 at MoMA PS1, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens (Belgium), The Bucharest Biennale for Young Artists, Hessel Museum of Art at CCS Bard, Casino Luxembourg (Luxembourg), ExtraCity in Antwerp (Belgium). 

Tsabar lives and works in New York.