Visit the Agam Museum (Rishon Lezion, Israel)

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Yaacov Agam

Agam was born in Rishon LeZion, Palestine (Israel) in 1928 to a religious family. He was trained at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem before moving to Zurich, Switzerland in 1949. In Zurich he studied under Johannes Itten at the Kunstgewerbeschule and was also influenced by the painter and sculptor Max Bill. In 1951 Agam moved to Paris, France where he still lives. He has a daughter and two sons. Agam established himself as one of the leading pioneers of kinetic art as early as 1955. His artistic credo published in 1964 hasn’t changed since.  Agam states: “My intention was to create a work of art which would transcend the visible… with the understanding that it is a partial revelation and not the perpetuation of the existing”. Agam’s work is usually abstract kinetic art, with movement, viewer participation and frequent use of light and sound. His works are placed in many public places around the world. Among his most famous public art installations in Israel is the water fountain in Dizingoff Square, Tel Aviv which provoked a vigorous public discussion. He is one of the highest selling Israeli artists. In 2010 he sold a piece which was exhibited at the Guggenheim Museum in New York at a record breaking sum of $698,000.

The Yaacov Agam Museum in Rishon LeZion, Israel, is going to be open soon. 

 
 

Unique Pieces

Rainbow Rhythm, 1980 (Left view)
Rainbow Rhythm, 1980 (Left view)

Polymorph, 77x220 cm Sold

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Rainbow Rhythm, 1980 (Front view)
Rainbow Rhythm, 1980 (Front view)

Polymorph, 77x220 cm Sold

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Rainbow Rhythm, 1980 (Right view)
Rainbow Rhythm, 1980 (Right view)

Polymorph, 77x220 cm Sold

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Day and Night, 1980 (Left View)
Day and Night, 1980 (Left View)

Unique Polymorph Diptych, 40x70x5 cm Sold

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Day and Night, 1980 (Front View)
Day and Night, 1980 (Front View)

Unique Polymorph Diptych, 40x70x5 cm Sold

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Day and Night, 1980 (Right View)
Day and Night, 1980 (Right View)

Unique Polymorph Diptych, 40x70x5 cm Sold

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Pace of time, 1970 (Left view)
Pace of time, 1970 (Left view)

Polymorph, 51x44 cm Zurich, Switzerland

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Pace of time, 1970 (Front view)
Pace of time, 1970 (Front view)

Polymorph, 51x44 cm Belgium

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Pace of time, 1970 (Right view)
Pace of time, 1970 (Right view)

Polymorph, 51x44 cm Zurich, Switzerland

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Sculptures

The Agam Torah, 1992
The Agam Torah, 1992

Bible, 28x22x6 cm Tel Aviv, Israel Safed, Israel Singapore

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Passover Haggadah
Passover Haggadah

Book, 45x52x11 cm Singapore Tel Aviv, Israel

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Kiddush Cup, 1993
Kiddush Cup, 1993

Gold Plated with Agamograph in Lucite, 15x8x8 cm Safed, Israel Tel Aviv, Israel

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Beyond the Visible, 1980
Beyond the Visible, 1980

Multidimensional Tower, Polymorph Silkscreen on PVC, 87x22x22 cm Singapore

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Shalom Window
Shalom Window

Silkscreen on Plexiglass and Wooden Frame, 33x23x4 cm Tel Aviv, Israel

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3x3 interplay, 1970
3x3 interplay, 1970

Chrome Plated-Brass, 36x21x17 cm Art Market, Israel

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Magic Tower
Magic Tower

PVC, 62x11x11 cm Safed, Israel

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Hanukkah Menorah "Dreidels", 1979
Hanukkah Menorah "Dreidels", 1979

Brass, 22,5x35,5 cm Tel Aviv, Israel

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Shalom Menorah, 1980's
Shalom Menorah, 1980's

Brass, 45x28x2,5 cm Safed, Israel Tel Aviv, Israel

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Serigraphs

Cycle, 1979
Cycle, 1979

Serigraph Print, 75x75 cm Singapore

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Message of Peace, 1988
Message of Peace, 1988

Original Lithograph, 102x79 cm Tel Aviv, Israel

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Bout A Bout, 1974
Bout A Bout, 1974

Serigraph Print, 75x74 cm Tel Aviv, Israel

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The Blessing
The Blessing

Serigraph Print, 52x60 cm Singapore

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Star of Love, 1980's
Star of Love, 1980's

Serigraph Print, 78x71 cm Belgium

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Magic Rainbow
Magic Rainbow

Serigraph, 108x113 cm Singapore

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Rainbow of Love
Rainbow of Love

Serigraph, 75x54 cm Singapore

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PAAM II
PAAM II

Serigraph Print, 70x86 cm Belgium

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Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions 

2013

The Unexpected – Time in Art, Bruno Art Group, Singapore

Beyond the Invisibale, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan

 

2012

Interactive computer touch screen research

 

2011

Construction of the Agam Museum, Rishon LeZion, Israel

Design of 3 new buildings at the Ne´eman Tower, Tel Aviv, Israel

 

2010

Design of the façade of the Building for the Shui-Yuan Market in Taipei

including a polymorph of 14x14 meter on the main façade

 

2009

Monumental Art Work for the new stadium for world games at

Kaohsiung, Taiwan

 

2007

Agam initiated a project for a monumental environmental sculpture in

Las Vegas, USA

 

2004

Agam realized the façade design for 3 large KODAK buildings in

Prague, Czech Republic

 

2003

Agam realized the façade of a group of buildings called Migdalei

Ne’eman, in north Tel Aviv, considered as the greatest inhabited

colored sculpture buildings of the world

 

2002

Memorial for the Holocaust, New Orleans, USA

 

2001

Design of the synagogue in New York, USA

 

2000

Memorial for the new Jewish Community Centre building in Buenos

Aires, Argentina

 

1997

Fundación Arte y Tecnologia, Madrid, Spain

 

1996

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Yaacov Agam received the Amos Comenius Medal from UNESCO for

his innovative methods in teaching

 

1995

Multi Dimensional Art, Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples

(Florida)

 

1989-90

Retrospective exhibition in Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo, in the Daimazu

Museum of Osaka and in the Kawasaki City Museum, Japan

 

1988

Multi Dimensional Works, Galerie Denis René, Paris, France

 

1987

Kahala Fine Art Gallery, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

 

1986

Image à Mémoire Dynamique, FIAC exhibit, Paris, France

Los Angeles Art Fair, Los Angeles, USA

 

1985

Circle Gallery, San Diego, USA

Retrospective exhibition, Queen's Quay Terminal, Toronto, Canada

 

1984

Retrospective exhibition, Park West Galleries, Michigan, USA

From the 2nd, to the 3rd into the 4th Dimension, Clayton Art Gallery, St.

Louis, USA

Laurence Ross Galleries, Beverly Hills, USA

 

1983

Circle Gallery, Chicago, USA

 

1982

Circle Gallery, Pittsburg, USA

 

1980

Queensland, Australia

Liatowitsch Gallery, Basel, Switzerland

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

 

1979

Kolding Kunstforening, Denmark

New Castle Regional Art Gallery, Australia

Harcourts Gallery, San Francisco, USA

 

1978

J. Richard Gallery, Englewood, New Jersey, USA

R.E.S Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium

Electric Gallery, Toronto, Canada

Nahan Art Gallery, New- Orleans, USA

 

1977

The Museum of Pretoria, South Africa

National Museum of Art, Capetown, South Africa

Janus Gallery, Wahington D.C., USA

 

1976

Museum of Modern Art, Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico

 

1975

Agam Selected Suits, the Jewish Museum, New York, USA

 

1974

Hook- Epstein Gallery, Houston, USA

Video- Art exhibition, Galerie Attali, Paris, France

 

1973

Maison de la Culture, Bruges, Belgium

Retrospective exhibition, Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris, France

 

1972

Graphic Works, Galerie Denis René, Paris, France

 

1971

Galerie Denis René, Paris, France

 

1966

Marlborough- Gerson Gallery, New York, USA

 

1962

Galerie Suzanne Bollage, Zurich, Switzerland

 

1959

Darian Gallery, London, Great Britain

 

1959

Galerie Suzanne Bollage, Zurich, Switzerland

 

1958

Galerie Aujourd'hui, Paris, France

 

1956

Agam, Soto, abner, Galerie Denis René, Paris, France

 

1953

Galerie Craven, Paris, France

 

Group Exhibitions 

 

1988

3rd International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition, Taiwan

 

1986

Trend in Geometric Abstract Art, Tel Aviv Museum, Israel

 

1982 

Le Totem, Musée de l'Homme, Paris, France

 

1979

Meissner Editions, Art Center, Hong Kong

 

1976

Grands et Jeunes d'aujourd'hui, Grand Palais, Paris, France

 

1972

72/72 : Douze ans d'Art contemporain en France, Grand Palais, Paris, France

 

1971

25 Ans de peinture en France, 1945- 1970, National Museum, Seoul

Art & Science, Tel Aviv Museum, Israel

 

1970

First prize in the international festival of painting, Cagnes-sur- Mer, France

 

1969

Agam, Lifschitz, Zaritsky: Three Israeli Artists, Whitechapel Art Gallery,

London, Great Britain

Masterpieces of Modern Art, Galerie Denis René, Paris, France

 

1968

Painting in France, 1900-1967, National Gallery, Washington D.C. and

the Metropolitan Museum, USA

 

1967

Art Contemporain, Pavillion de la France, Montreal, Canada

Art and Movement, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

 

1966

Primary Structures, the Jewish Museum, New York, USA

 

1965

The Responsive Eye, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

 

1964

Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

On the Move: International Exhibition of Kinetic Art, Howard Wise

Gallery, New York

 

1963

Art & Movement, Tel Aviv Museum, Israel

Sao Paulo Biennale- prize for artistic research premier salon

international de Galeries Pilotes, Musée Cantonal, Lausanne

 

1962

Modern Art Of Israel, Tokyo (and tour), Japan

 

1961

Salon de Mai, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France

Bewogen Beweging, Stedelik Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

1960

Le Relief, Galerie 20è Siècle, Paris, France

Construction and Geometry in Painting: from Malevich until Tomorrow,

Galerie Chalette, New York (and tour), USA

 

1959

Represents Israel at the first Biennale de Paris, Musée d'art, France

 

1958

Arts du 21 Siècle, Museum of Modern Art, Charleroi, Belgium

 

1956

Architecture Contemporaine. Integration des Arts, Musée des Beaux

Arts, Rouen, France

Cinquante Ans de Peinture Abstraite, Galerie Creuze, Paris, France

L'art Abstrait Constructing, Gallerie H. Matarasso, Nice, France

Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Paris, France

 

1955

Structure, Galerie l'Ami des Lettres, Paris, France

Discoveries, Serigraph Gallery, New York, USA

 

1954

Grandes Toiles de Montparnasse, American Center for Students and

Artists, Paris, France