As part of his solo exhibition So Much I Gazed on Beauty at the Joods Historisch Museum, Eli Content has made a Dream Forest for the Children's Museum, full of funny and clownish figures. A forest alive with mysterious sounds, where people, animals and trees are so closely connected that you can hardly see where one ends and the other begins.
In creating this Dream Forest, Eli Content took inspiration from the large murals made by Marc Chagall for the Jewish Theatre in Moscow. While Chagall painted his figures directly on the wall, Content made his out of cardboard and then painted them. In the astonishing, creative world of Eli Content, the imagination runs free, and that's exactly what's supposed to happen. In the studio, children can make dream figures out of cardboard and hang them in the Dream Forest. For those who prefer to write, there is a corner for writing down dreams to share with the forest.
Eli sees his Dream Forest as an ode to Chagall. The Children's Museum sees it as an ode to Eli Content and the art of creation.
"How do things come about? Everything starts in your brain, the movement of your hand, the blinking of your eyes. I just have to take some cardboard and start. " - Eli Content, 2019