2013 Laureates of Emet Prize
In Category: Culture and Art
In Field: Sculpture
Was born in Transylvania, Romania in 1947.
He immigrated to Israel with his family when he was 11 and began to work at the Polgat Kiryat Gat factory in 1962. Two years later he was accepted to the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem to study graphics, where he was the youngest student in his class.
After his army service he returned to the Art Department at Bezalel. During the Six Day War in 1967 he served along the Egyptian front as a reservist. Afterwards, he went to study sculpture and art in Europe and in 1972 he graduated from Milan’s Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera with a degree in Fine Arts. Later that year he had his first solo exhibition in Milan.
After nine years away, he returned to Israel in 1978 and began lecturing at the Bezalel Academy, where, since 2003, he has been a professor. He has conducted solo research trips to Third World countries, especially in Africa (Cameroon, Chad, Nigeria, Kenya, Timbuktu in Mali, Ethiopia), Asia and Asia Minor.
His work has been exhibited in 41 solo exhibits and 26 group exhibits. He also participated in prestigious shows such as, Documenta 8, the Venice Biennale, the Sydney Biennial and in Istanbul, Shanghai and Herzelia. His work is included in major art collections in Israel and around the world, among them the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Centre Pompidou in France. In 2004 he published a novel in English On Paper. In 2010 he participated in Three Artists One Collection, the installation created for the reopening of the Israel Museum.
His installation was curated from 400 of the museum’s pieces accompanied by poetry and prose from his book Room#205 and later exhibited as a solo show at the Dusseldorf K-20 Museum. His pioneering art works and research on "peripherality" won him prizes and awards, among them the Sandberg Prize and the Aaron Levi Prize from the Israel Museum, Prize of the Ministry of Education and Culture, The Jerusalem Prize for Arts, the LennonOno Grant for Peace New York and Life Achievement Award from the Ministry of Culture and Sport.