Artists

Dani Karavan

Available Work

Work

Exhibitions at GG

2015
50 years for the Negev Monument
June 4, 2015 - July 4, 2015

Studio Visit

Biography

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

2015

"50 years for the Negev Monument", Gordon Gallery, Tel Aviv

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