The Givon Art Forum is a new initiative which seeks to address a perceived gap between the activities of today’s private gallery and the museum. Events and exhibitions will explore a range of propositions and views — be they those of the artist or the curator —signaling new directions and forging new understandings.
The activities of the Forum will be broad enough to accommodate one-off events in a variety of media including: sculpture, video, installation, architecture, painting, drawing, new media. The common denominator linking all these activities will be an emphasis on ideas that in turn have the capacity to generate experience. The Forum will not only encourage but critically examine the role of the collector in today's art world.
The Forum insists on the primacy of the work of art independently of market or other considerations.
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Noemi Givon established the Givon Art Forum in 2012 and is co-director of the Givon Gallery in Tel Aviv. After studying Law at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, she joined her father, the art collector Sam Givon who in 1974 founded the Givon Gallery on Gordon Street. This was followed in 1979 by the opening of Noemi Givon Contemporary Art, a concept gallery. She returned to Givon Gallery in 1986 and has continued to devote herself to organizing the series of one-person, group and thematic exhibitions for which the Gallery is renown today.
Following her father’s death, in 2000 a partnership was formed with her sister Nurit Wolf, a lawyer. Today they are co-directors of the Givon Gallery. The Givon Prize is presented annually by the Tel Aviv Museum in memory of their parents. The Givon family have formed an important collection of Israeli Art. More recently, Ms. Givon inaugurated an alternative space driven by a specific agenda. This is located in the oldest neighborhood in Tel Aviv, Neve Tzedek. Noemi Givon upholds and promotes the creation of the Droit de suite (Royalty Resale Right) in Israeli law.
Sam Givon founder of Givon Art Galley