Emet Prize Laureates

Prof. Nahum Tevet

2013 Laureates of Emet Prize

In Category: Culture and Art
In Field: Sculpture


Prof. Nahum Tevet

Jury Statement

“For his sculpture, rich in ideas and visual intricacy and for his ability to turn his installations into a framework of images and shapes while criticizing the artistic, ideological and social processes.”


Was born in kibbutz Mesilot in the Beit Sha’an Valley in 1946.

Growing up in the kibbutz, he studied painting in various programs. With the completion of his military service he spent a year studying painting with Raffi Lavie, after which he moved into creating objects and sculptures. His work has been shown in group exhibitions since 1970, with his first solo show in 1972 in Jerusalem.

His first solo exhibition abroad was in Dusseldorf in 1975 and a year later he had his first solo museum exhibition at the Israel Museum. His early works introduced some of the basic ideas of his ongoing artistic project. It examines and deconstructs the fundamental concepts of "painting" and its' role within specific spaces, while critically referring to the American avant-garde of the ‘60’s, particularly that of minimalism and conceptual art. These ideas developed towards the ‘80’s and onward, to vast, multi-limbed and intricate installations involving the viewer in a rich visual and conceptual experience.

In the early ‘80’s he was invited to teach sculpture at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem. In 1995 he was appointed associate professor and has been a full professor since 2003. In 2001 he established and directed the Bezalel Academy of Art branch in Tel Aviv and led the Master of Fine Art Program for a decade. For the Bezalel Academy Centennial, 2006, he curated an exhibition of works by 50 graduates from 15 leading art schools worldwide.

Prof. Tevet’s work has been exhibited in museums and important shows worldwide. He has had solo exhibits at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem (1976, 1984 and 2006), Tel Aviv Museum of Art (1991), Herzeliya Museum (2008), Museo d’arte Contemporanoa Roma (2008), Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna (1997), among others. Likewise, he participated in Documenta 8, Carnegie International and Biennale exhibitions in Paris, São-Paulo, Venice and others.

His work has won many prizes, including the Sandberg Prize for Israeli Art, the Culture and Education Minister Prize for Israeli Art, Minister of Culture and Sciences Life Achievement Award in Art and the Dizengoff Prize for Painting and Sculpture.