"From the very start of his artistic itinerary, Erez Israeli is confronted with the dilemma of the artist, who does not shun away from dealing with issues tending the risk of over emotionality and the immersion in clichés. His intensive oeuvre succeeds to awaken emotions which have dimmed, and puts life into images, that dealing with them, seems to have been exhausted to the surfeit. He acts, as he puts it, out of a feeling of “urgency to make a significant statement in the plastic art." His art deals with representations of death and beauty, pain and desire, while in addition he confronts issues that touch upon one’s identity and identification, immortalisation and oblivion, monumentality and putting it on hold as well." (Edna  Mosenson, Israeli curator)

EREZ ISRAELI

Born in 1974 in Beer Sheva, Israel

Lives and works in Berlin

 

EDUCATION

2014    MFA, Advanced Studies Program in Fine Art, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel

2003  BED, Hamidrasha School of Art, Beit-Berl Academic College, Israel

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019    Black Milk, FALKENROT PRIZE, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

2018    Paris Photo November, Solo Presentation, Gallery Crone, Paris, France

2017    Die klare Sonne bringt’s an den Tag, Galerie Crone, Vienna, Austria

             Birds, Art Academy of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
2015    The Difference Between OOOOH and AAAAH, Galerie Crone, Berlin, Germany

             Erez Israeli at Viennacontemporary, Galerie Crone, Berlin, Vienna, Austria
2014    Firewall Mural, a wall painting project on the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Germany
2013    Berlin 2013, Givon Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
2012    Lowland, Givon Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
2012    Erez Israeli – Prints, Tel-Aviv Art Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
2010    Erez Israeli: Ashpara, candidate at the last stage for the Nathan Gottsdiner Award, the award for

             Israeli Art, Tel-Aviv Art Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel

2009   Friday Night, Givon Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

2007   Love Song, Emergency Exit New Media Center, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel

2003   21 Self Exhibitions, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (Selection)

2019    No Photos on The Dance Floor, C/O Berlin, Germany

             Drop Dead Funny: Contemporary Art from Israel, The House of the Lords of Kunstat, Brno, Czech Republic

             First Person Singular: Masculinities in Israeli Art, Ashdod Art Museum, Israel

             Not the End. Artists interpret the Holocaust, Living History Forum, Stockholm, June 13 to August 24

             The Case of Hiroshima, Museum of the Seam, Jerusalem, Israel
2018    The Magic Kingdom, Uri Rami Nehostan Museum, Kibbuz Ashdot Yaakov, Israel

             A Fist of Pure Emotion, Gallery Crone, Berlin, Germany

             The Great Escape, New Art from Berlin, Pop/off/Art Gallery Moscow, Russia Body Talk, Circle1 Gallery, Berlin, Germany

             About Heroes, Memorial Center Gallery Tivon, Kiryat Tivon, Israel

2017     Dreams and Dramas, New Zuzeum Art Center, Riga, Latvia

             Izrael Banzai: Contemporary Israeli art, Hotel Bogota, Berlin, Germany

2016    Behold the Man: Jesus in Israeli Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

             Impressions 6 - Return of the Paper / Thoughts on Drawing: The 6th Biennale for Drawing in Israel,

             Artists House, Jerusalem, Israel
2015    Un Musée imaginaire, Collection Lambert in Avignon, France

            Poland – Israel – Germany: The Experience of Auschwitz, MOCAK, Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow, Poland
             Beuys, Beuys, Beuys, Artist House Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel

             Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya, Tel Aviv, Israel
2014    Progress and Hygiene, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland

             Back to Berlin, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya, Tel Aviv, Israel

            Concrete, Bulimia, Benyamini Contemporary Ceramics Center, Tel Aviv, Israel

            The Winners, 2013,The Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel

2013    Blood of the Maccabees: Memory and Bereavement in Israeli Art, the Negev Museum of Art, Beer Sheva, Israel

             Print Time, Tefen Museum, Tefen, Israel
             End Foretold, p8 Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
             War Game, Horanim Gallery, Kiryat Tivon, Israel

2012    Beyond Memory, Museum on The Seam, Jerusalem, Israel
             The Absent Body, Beit Hatfutsot – The Museum of The Jewish People, Tel Aviv, Israel

             Bronner Residency: Die Stipendiaten, Kit Museum, Dusseldorf, Germany

2011      Erez Israeli – Gili Avissar, Museum Goch, Germany
             Body without Body. Georg-Kolbe-Museum, Berlin, Germany

             Wreaths, permanent work at the Tel-Aviv Art Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel

             Nimrod’s Descendants, The Jerusalem Artists’ House, Jerusalem, Israel

2010    Susan Hiller: A Work in Progress, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

             Tachycaria – Tribute to Francis Bacon, Sommer Contemporary Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

             Shelf Life, Haifa Art Museum, Haifa, Israel
             Family Files, The Jewish Museum, Munich, Germany
             The Silence Before the Storm, Winzavod Center for Contemporary Art Moscow, Russia

2009   Flesh and Blood, Rachel and Israel Pollak Gallery, Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel Four Openings in Israeli Art,                       Bezalel Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

             Family Traces, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

             Second Show: Contemporary Art from The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Mani House, Tel Aviv, Israel

2008   Israeli Contemporary Art, Complesso del Vittoriano, Rome, Italy

             First Show Contemporary Art from The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Mani House, Tel Aviv, Israel Real Time, Art in Israel, 1998-2008  The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
              Art of the State, Contemporary Photography and Video Art from Israel, Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam, The                                    Netherlands

             Territorial Bodies, Contemporary Sculpture from Israel, Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague, The Netherlands
             Depletion, Works from the Doron Sebbag Art Collection, ORS Ltd., Tel Aviv Museum of Art,
             Tel Aviv, Israel

2007    Prize in Art and Design from the Ministry of Science, Culture and Sport, Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Israel

             Engagement: Israeli Photography Now, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
             BoysCraft, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel
             Young Israeli Art Recipients of the Legacy Heritage Fund Prize, Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Pavillion for Contemporary Art,                   Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
             News 2007: New Acquisitions, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel

2006   Mixed Emotions, Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel

             Mini Israel, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
             Salame 006, Graduation Show, Bazalel Academy of Art and Design, Tel Aviv, Israel Flowering of the Nightpot, Kibbutz Be’eri                     Gallery, Israel
             Young Israeli Art: the Morasha Foundation Award,
             Helena Rubinstein Pavillion for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Art Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel

2006   Life Saver, The 10th International Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy
             News: Recent Acquisitions in Contemporary Art, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

2005   The New Hebrews: A Century of Art in Israel, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany Passages, The Artists’ House, Tel Aviv,                       Israel

             Orlando, Jerusalem Print Workshop, Jerusalem, Israel

2004   Critically Correct, Givon Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

             Rose C’est La Vie: On Flowers in Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel

             Time Depot, Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Petach Tikva, Israel
2003   Day by Day, Year after Year, Memorial Center Gallery, Tivon, Israel

             Youth and Longing, Omanut Haaretz Art Festival, Reading Power Station Compound, Tel Aviv, Israel

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

             

2012    Award of the Israeli Minister of Culture
2011    Goethe-Institut Artist Residence Exchange, Israel
2010    The Beatrcie S. Koliner Award for Young Israeli Artists, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

2009    Keren Sandel Foundation and the Sandel Family Foundation‘s Award for Sculpturing,Tel Aviv Museum
2007    Award of the Morasha Foundation, Tel Aviv Art Museum
2007   The Legacy Heritage Fund Prize, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
2006   The Hadassah and Rafael Klatchkin Prize for Art, America-Israel Cultural Foundation

             Young Artist Award, Ministry of Science, Culture and Sport, Jerusalem, Israel

2005   America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship

             The Rich Foundation Award for Education, Culture and Welfare, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Tel Aviv, Israel
             Isracard and Tel Aviv Museum of Art Prize for an Israeli Artist, Tel Aviv, Israel

2004   Creativity Grant Promotion, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, Israel

2003   Excellence Scholarship, Hamidrasha School of Art, Beit-Berl Academic College, Israel

             Berl Katznelson Excellence Scholarship for Installation, Hamidrasha School of Art, Beit-Berl Academic College, Israel
2002    America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship

             Excellence Scholarship, Hamidrasha School of Art, Beit-Berl Academic College, Israel

COLLECTIONS (Selection)

Deutscher Bundestag Collection, Berlin, Germany
Hamburger Bahnhof / Neue Nationalgalerie Collection, Berlin, Germany Tel-Aviv Art Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
The Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Petach Tikva, Israel
Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Herzliya, Tel Aviv, Israel
The Haaretz Art Collections, Tel Aviv, Israel
Ors Collection, The Doron Sebbag Art Collection
Living Bauhaus Collection, Berlin, Germany