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Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art

Exhibition Detail
The Second Strike
4 Ha'banim St
46379 Herzliya

October 10th, 2011 - December 24th, 2011
What\'s in the Menu, Avner Ben-GalAvner Ben-Gal, What's in the Menu,
2011, Acrylic on canvas
© Courtesy of the artist & Herzeliya Museum of Contemporary art
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10:00-14:00 Tuesday, Thursday 16:00-20:00 Sundays - closed

The title of the exhibition "The Second Strike" is taken from the vocabulary of bilateral strategic doctrine. The concept emerged during the Cold War, and it refers to the capability of a country, which has been surprised by a nuclear attack, to launch a nuclear strike of its own despite the devastation it will have suffered. The concept of a second strike bears the potential for mutual destruction the very possibility of which creates a balance of terror that can forestall the use of nuclear weapons in advance and prevent any other kind of attack as well. In other words, the scenario enfolded within the concept of a second strike includes a surprise attack, a counterattack, and the deterrence which concurrently expels those attacks themselves from the realm of possibility. The second strike is supposed to render the use of a first strike utterly unprofitable, or even to remove it altogether from the agenda. The exhibition's attempt to connect with the scenarios encapsulated by its title is aware that it is both possible and impossible: it is a form of connecting by negation, because a second strike, that spectacle of Armageddon, contains within it, among other things, extremely powerful potential for both thoroughgoing avoidance and fundamental impossibility.

Ory Dessau

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