Yaakov Agam

BIOGRAPHY

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. In1951 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.
A Yaacov Agam Museum opened in Rishon LeZion, Israel in 2017.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

2013
The Unexpected – Time in Art, Bruno Art Group, Singapore
Beyond the Invisible, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan

2012
Interactive computer touch screen research

2011
Construction oft he 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 14×14 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
Aries, Argentina

1997
Fundación Arte y Tecnologia, Madrid, Spain

1996
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aries, Argentina
Yaacov Agam received the Amos Comenius Medal from UNESCO for
his innovative methods in teaching

1995
Multi Dimensional Art, Philharmonic Center fort he 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, Bourges, 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
Grand et Jeunes d’aujourd’hui, Grand Palais, Paris, France

1972
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 20th Siécle, Paris, France
Construction and Geometry in Painting: from Malevich until Tomorrow,
Galeire Chalette, New York (and tour), USA

1959
Represents Israel at the first Biennale de Paris, Musée d’art, France

1958
Arts du 21 Siécle, 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

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