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“Who Is Concerned With Heaven?” A Jerusalem Exhibition

The talented couple believed that the role of the painter and the artist is to understand the language of colors through which the universe (God) speaks to us and to translate it for the viewer. This was the essence of the couple’s unique worldview and the mission they saw in their art.

An Exhibition for the artist couple Oleg Krotkov and Ela Binshtok at the Heichal Shlomo Museum in Jerusalem…

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From time to time, and especially during their Shabbat meals together, Oleg Krotkov and Ela Binshtok and their daughter would mull over the question: “Who Is Concerned With Heaven?” In the eyes of the artist couple, human beings are constantly preoccupied with material culture and are often enslaved to it. They believe the role of art should be to elevate people to a higher spiritual level, and thereby return them to themselves.

The talented couple believed that the role of the painter and the artist is to understand the language of colors through which the universe (God) speaks to us and to translate it for the viewer. This was the essence of the couple’s unique worldview and the mission they saw in their art.

For 33 years they worked together in the field of monumental art. While as painters, each independently created works in accordance with their unique character traits and personal style.

With a keen understanding of the world around him, Oleg Krotkov translated whatever he encountered into artistic beauty imbued with an inner control -all created via a unique tonality coupled with an extraordinary richness and flexibility of color. Within his paintings, even the most mundane objects took on an alternative existence, one in which color was ever dominant. His symbolic compositions reflect a wondrous balance in which the concealed outweighs the revealed.

Ela Binshtok painted subjects ranging from landscapes to portraits. She used simple and seemingly unsophisticated motifs, but in each and every one lied hidden the artist’s inner world -a great and sincere love for people and nature. Beyond just the features of each subject’s face, she painted the face of each person’s very soul. Within her works, the way she perceived humanity and the world was palpably expressed -she painted the good and the beauty that she saw in all her subjects.

Oleg Krotkov (1929-2013) and Ela Binshtok (1929-2003) were born in Moscow and immigrated to Israel in 1992 and lived out their lives in the city of Be’er Sheva. They held many joint exhibitions in Israel, Europe and the United States. In 2017, a gallery named after them -“Mish’ol Giv’on 12”- was opened up at their daughter’s home in Be’er Sheva where their works are on display.

Please note that only original works are on display in the exhibition in Jerusalem. To order high-quality prints on canvas, please call: 054-469-5268.

You can find pictures of their works and more information on the artists here:

  • The Heichal Shlomo Museum is located on 58 King George Street, Jerusalem
  • Exhibition Opening: Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 19:00
  • Exhibition Hours: Sun-Thurs, 08:00 to 20:00
  • Museum Office: 02-588-9010

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