Dani Karavan
Dani Karavan ,  Dani Karavan ,  Dani Karavan ,  MaalotDani Karavan ,  Dani Karavan ,  Dani Karavan ,  Stage Island with Two Amphiteaters
Dani Karavan ,  The Accentuated Perspective ModelDani Karavan ,  ShrineDani Karavan ,
 
Born in Tel Aviv, 1930
Lives and works in Tel Aviv, Paris and Florence 
 
1943-1944 Studied painting, Studio Aharon Avni, Tel Aviv
1945-1948 Studied painting, Studio Avigdor Steimatzky, Yehezkel Streichman and Marcel Janco,  Tel Aviv
1949         Studied art, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem (with Mordechai Ardon)
1950         Studied set design, Givat Haviva (Emmanuel Luftglass)
Studied set design, Theatre School of the Cameri Theatre, Tel Aviv (with Paul Levi)
1956-1957 Studied Fresco technique, Academia di Belle Arti, Florence (with Prof. Colaccichi)
1957         Studied drawings, Académie de la Grande Chaumière, Paris
Studied mosaic technique, Academia di Belle Arti, Ravenna
1964 Founding member, Batsheva Dance Company
 
Selected Solo Exhibitions 
 
1971  Galeria Bellini, Florence
1973  Gordon Gallery, Tel-Aviv
1975  Gordon Gallery, Tel Aviv
1976  "Environment for Peace", Israeli Pavilion, 38th Venice Biennale
"Jerusalem City of Peace", entrance to the gardens of the 38th Venice Biennale
1978  "Two Environments for Peace", Forte di Belvedere, Florence and Castello dell'Imperatore,  Prato
1982  "Makom", Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel-Aviv
"Makom", Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden, Baden-Baden
1983  "Way", Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg
1984  "Makom 1", De Beyerd - Centrum voor Beeldende Kunst, Breda, Netherlands 
"3 Accesses", Museum Kroller Muller, Otterllo / Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Hague /  Boymans van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam, Netherlands
1989  "Untitled", Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf
1992  "Dani Karavan", Museum Ludwig, Cologne
1993  "Dani Karavan -Way of Human Rights", Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg
"Passages - Walter Benjamin", installation, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
1994  "Passages", installation, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany
1994-1995 "Time Space Meditation - Dani Karavan": Kamakura Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura,  Japan; Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki, Japan; The Miyagi Museum of Art, Sendai,  Japan; Tsukuba Museum of Art, Ibaraki, Japan; Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Tsu,  Japan; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sapporo, Japan; Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of  Art, Kofu, Japan
1996  "Retrospective", Mönchehaus-Museum für Moderne Kunst, Goslar, Germany 
"Shamaim", Sagacho Exhibit Space, Tokyo
1997-1998 “Winter 97: Dani Karavan”, Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat Gan
"Passages - Homage to Walter Benjamin", Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
1999  "Homage to Arnolfo di Cambio", Sala dei Armi, Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza Signoria, Florence
"Homage to Frederic II", Centro per l'Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato, Italy 
"Nursery for Peace", Piazza Duomo, Pistoia, Italy
2002  "Pardes", IVAM - Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia, Spain 
"Dani Karavan Site Specific Works", Moscow State Museum of Architecture, Moscow
2005  "Dani Karavan, Drawings and Sculptures", FIAC, Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris
2007-2008 "Dani Karavan – Retrospective", Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
2008  "Dani Karavan – Retrospektive", Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
"Dani Karavan – Retrospective", one-man exhibition, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo
2008-2009 "Dani Karavan – Retrospective", one-man exhibition, Nagasaki Prefectoral, Museum,  Nagasaki
 
Selected Group Exhibitions 
 
1954  "Artists of the Kibbutz Movement", Mikra Studio, Tel Aviv
1965  "10+", Masada Gallery, Tel Aviv
1975  "Jewish Experience in Contemporary Art", The Jewish Museum, New York
"International Biennale of Small Scale Sculptures", Padua, Italy
1977  "Environment Made of Nature Materials and Memories", environmental installation,  Documenta 6, Kassel, Germany
"Measure"Rome Quadriennale X, a tribute to the Museum of History of Science, Florence
1980  "Line of Light", laser Installation, Contemporary Art Meeting, Tel Hai
1981  "Myth and Ritual", Kunsthaus, Zurich
"Westkunst", Museum Ludwig, Cologne
"Autoritratti del Novecento per gli Uffizi", Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
"A Solution for a Situation; Trends in Israeli Art 1970-80", Basel Art Fair, Basel
1983   "Electra", laser installation between the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Eiffel  Tower and La Defense, Paris
"Reflexion/Reflection", installation, 10th anniversary of ARC, Musée d'Art Moderne de la 
Ville de Paris
"Bridge", installation, 17th Biennale of Sculpture, Middelheim, Belgium
1985 "From the Bible until our Days – 3000 ", Grand Palais, Paris
1986  "Two Parallel Lines", laser installation, Musée de Marseille
1987  "Utopic Design of Koenigstrasse", installation, Documenta 8, Kassel
1988  "Axe Majeur Cergy-Pontoise", French Pavilion, XVII. Triennale – "The Cities of the World  and the Future of the Metropolis", Milan
1989 "L’Europe des Créateurs – Utopie 89", Grand Palais, Paris
"Hastudia", Artists House, Tel Aviv
1990  "From Chagall to Kitaj - Jewish Experience in 20th Century Art", Barbican Art Gallery,  London
"Bait", environmental sculpture, 4th International Symposium of Contemporary Art, Tel Hai
1990-1991 L’art Renouvelle la Ville – L’Art Contemporain et Urbanisme en France", travelling 
exhibition, the Museums of Ibaraki, Osaka, Sendai, Fukuoka, Sapporo, Yamanashi and 
Yokohama, Japan
1991 "Israeli Sculpture", Hara Museum, Tokyo 
"La Lumière et la Ville", Espace Art Défense, La Défense, France
1992 "Israeli Sculpture", National Contemporary Art Museum, Seoul, Korea 
"L'Art Renouvelle la Ville – Urbanisme et Art Contemporain", Musée National des 
Monuments Français, Palais de Chaillot, Paris
1994  "La Ville – Art et Architecture en Europe 1870-1993", Musée National d'Art Moderne -  Centre Pompidou, Paris
"Bavua 1 - Reflection of an Olive Tree", installation, 3rd Sculpture Biennale, Ein Hod
1995  "Risarcimento - Artisti Contemporanei per gli Uffizi", Cabinetto dei disegni e stampe, 
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
1998  "Hebrew Work", Museum of Art, Ein Harod
"Social Realism in the 50’s / Political Art in the 90’s", Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa
"Kadima - To the East: Orientalism in the Arts in Israel", The Israeli Museum of Art, Jerusalem
"The Garden – a Metaphor", Botanic Gardens,  Hebrew University, Jerusalem
1999  "Les Champs de la Sculpture 2000", Champs Elysées, Paris
"Kulturäume. Skulptur seit 1970", Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany
2000  "Heidelberg Outdoor Project", Heidelberg, Germany 
"ZIMZUM – Aktuelle Kunst aus Israel", Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg, Germany
2001  "Messages to the New Millennium - Israeli Art Modern", Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura,  Japan 
"Love at First Sight - The Vera, Silvia and Arturo Schwarz Collection of Israeli Art", Israel  Museum, Jerusalem
"Rèquiem per l’Escala / Requiem por la Escalera", CCCB - Centre de Cultura 
Contemporània, Barcelona
2005  "Die Neuen Hebräer – 100 Jahre Kunst in Israel", Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
"Murou Art Forest", Galerie Jeanne Bucher, FIAC, Paris
2006  "Israele – Arte e vita 1906-2006", Palazzo Reale, Milan
"Têtes", group exhibition, Galerie Jeanne Bucher, FIAC, Paris
2007  "Chocolate – Design Sight Exhibition", Issey Miyake Art Space, Tokyo
"Musica in Scena, artisti nei 70 anni del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino", Galleria d’Arte 
Moderna di Palazzo Pitti, Florence
 
Prizes and Awards 
 
1958  First prize for the design of the pavilions of the Ministry of Development at the exhibition
celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Israel, Jerusalem
1973  Member of the Italian Order of Arts and Letters
1977  The Israel National Prize for Art and Science (Prass Israel)
1987  Marble Architectural Award of Western Europe, Carrara, Italy
1992  Silver Medal of the French Academy of Architecture
1993  Commander of the French "Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" 
UNESCO's Picasso Medal
1995  Crystal Award, World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland
1996  Goslar Kaiser Ring for Art, Germany 
UNESCO’s “Artist for Peace"
1997  Doctor Honoris Causa, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Haifa 
1998  Member of the “Orden pour le Mérite” (The Academy of Art & Science founded in 1884),  Germany
Praemium Imperiale Award (Nobel Prize for the Arts), Japan 
1999  Goethe Medal, Germany 
Doctor Honoris Causa, Doctor of Philosophy, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
2000  Member of the “Academia del Disegno” (founded by Giorgio Vasari,1500), Florence
2002  Doctor Honoris Causa, Doctor of Philosophy, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
2003  Honorary Fellow of the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design
2004  Piepenbrock Prize for sculpture, Berlin
2005  Premio Michelangelo, Carrara, Italy
2007  The Commander’s Cross of the Order of the Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
(fourth level), awarded by the President of Germany
2008  Magshim (“Implementer”) Award, the Council for a Beautiful Israel, for excellence in
improving the quality of life and of the environment in Israel
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