• Israel Hadany - short C.V
• Born in Israel.
• Studies Painting at the Avni Institute, Tel Aviv, Israel.
o Post-graduate studies at Hornsey College of Art, London, England.
• 1971- Teaches Sculpture and Design at Bezalel Academy of Art, Jerusalem, Israel.
• 1972- Represents Israel at the 36th Biennale in Venice, Italy.
• 1975- Works with "Taller de Arquitectura" of Ricardo Bofill, Barcelona, Spain.
• 1981-1982-Creates the first "Artonomic" system in sculpture, in collaboration with Dr. Tsion Avital.
• 1983- Represents Israel at the International Symposium on Outdoor Sculpture, Yorkshire, England.
• 1988- Guest artist of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, Virginia, USA.
• 1989- Invited to the International Sculpture Symposium in Oransk,Poland.
• 1993- Joins an artists' delegation at "Days of Jerusalem Culture", Prague, Czech Republic.
• 1997-Represents Israel in the cultural exchange program India-Israel.
• 2000-Among the six finalists in the international competition "Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project" Washington, D.C.
• 2001-Guest artist at the 14th International Sculpture Symposium, Carrara, Italy.
• 2005-Awarded an honorary doctoral degree by Monmouth University, New Jersey, U.S.A
• 2007-Awarded the "Ish-Shalom" prize for life achievement.
• 2008- Invited to the “Artist Work Symposium” Dakar, Senegal.
• 2014- Invited to “China – Fuzhou International Sculpture Exibition”, China.
• Individual and group shows
• 1969-First one-person show. Mabat Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel.
• 1972-The 36th Biennale.Venice, Italy.
• 1979-"Trends in Israeli Art". International Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland.
• 1984-"80 Years of Israeli Sculpture". Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel.
• 1985-"Jerusalem Artists at the Grand Palais". Paris, France.
• "Prints by Israeli Artists". Christies, London, England.
• 1986-"Artists from Columbia and Israel". Jerusalem; Bogotá, Colombia.
• 1988-"40 Israeli Artists". Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, USA.
• 1992-"The Sculpture Biennale". Osaka, Japan.
• 1993-"The Fujisankai Biennale". Utsuhushi-Ga-Hara Outdoor Museum, Japan.
• 1995-"Days of Jerusalem Culture". Prague, Czech Republic.
• 1998-"Milestones, Israeli Sculpture 1948-1998". The Open Museum, Tefen, Israel.
• 2003-4 -"Visual Memories". The Open Museums Tefen and Omer, Israel.
• 2007- One man show at the Monart Museum, Ashdod One man show at the Golconda Gallery, Tel- Aviv.
• Prizes and awards
• 1969- First prize, Art Integrated into Architecture Competition, Housing Ministry, Israel.
• 1970- First prize, Street Furniture Competition, Israel Hayafa, Israel.
• "Kolliner Prize for young artists". Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel.
• 1971-"Ika Braun Prize". Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel.
• First prize, Israel Room Competition, University of Pittsburgh, USA.
• "Electronica 71", Tadiran Sculpture Prize. Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israe.
• 1974- First prize, National Competition for Design of the Burial Site of David and Paul BenGurion.Sde- Boker, Israel.
• "The Sharet Foundation Grant for further studies in Europe".
• 1976- First prize, National Competition for a Memorial Park in Ashdod, Israel (in collaboration with architects Z.
• Dekel, U. Miller, and J. Segal).
• 1980-"The Jerusalem Arts Award", Jerusalem, Israel.
• 1987- First prize, Artifex International Competition for the Mediterranean Cultural Center, Theoule-sur Mer, France
• (in collaboration with architectA.Rachamimoff).
• 1990-"Percentage for the Arts. Virginia Beach City International Competition", Virginia, USA.
• 1992-"Discount Bank Prize for Israeli artists". Awarded by the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel.
• 1993- First prize, redesign of the old Bezalel Academy, Jerusalem, Israel
• 2000- Finalist in the international competition "Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project",
• Washington, D.C., USA.
• 2001 "Arieh Elchanani Prize, Integration of Sculpture into Architecture", Israel.
• 2005-"Alix de Rothschild Craft awards", second prize.
• Awarded an honorary doctoral degree by Monmouth University, New Jersey, U.S.A
• 2007- Awarded the "Ish-Shalom" prize for life achievement.
• First Place in the "Andromeda" sculpture competition for the Jaffa Harbor
• 2012- “Dan Sandel Prize” by the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art
• 2014 - “The Ministry of Culture Prize for Art”
• 2015 - Third Prize in the “2014 China-Fuzhou International Sculpture Exibition”
• 2016 - Winner of the “ Inukshuk Sculpture Competition “ by the ‘Jerusalem Foundation’.
• Erected more than 70 Outdoor and Environmental Sculptures in Israel and abroad.
The Way Up
What is called "pure art" travels into the artist's innermost consciousness and psyche. This is the "environment" where its stimuli emerge and its roots thrive. "Pure art" interrogates and scrutinizes the artist's world, interrogates and perfects the expressive means with which it builds emotional and cognitive structures in the private space of the artist's workshop. On the other hand, environmental art is made for and within public space. Unlike so many outdoor sculptures, it is not wrenched out of its "private" context to be transposed into public space, but, rather, originates in the artist-environment relationship, out of which it takes shape and evolves. A work created in private space and a work rooted in an environmental context differ in the openness and listening they command. In the latter a taut dialogue is conducted between the environment's mental and physical uniqueness and the artist's creative idiosyncrasy.
Unlike regular sculpture, which derives from the dialogue between the artist and his material, environmental sculpture stems from the dialogue between the artist and the environment, and its existence is predicated on the special relationship it develops with its environment. Throughout my career I have conducted dialogues with a variety of "environments." At times, the environment was urban, grey, and dense, at other times I worked with a majestic landscape. Sometimes the sculpture itself turned into an environment, introverted and removed from its external context. Each environment featured its own spatial situation, history, and human element. Each environment has been affected by the cultural vision and economic-political constraints that defined its purpose and use. These dialogues, which evolved in so many different climates, nevertheless sought, each in its own way, the same aim, the same intimate encounter between the "viewer-participant" and the work of art.
Over the years I have built sculptures within both architectural and urban contexts: stage sculptures, water sculptures, play sculptures, landscape sculptures, memorial sculptures. All these sculptures required specific attention to the environment and subject as starting point. I don't know whether my adventurous instinct, eager to break the limits of practice and matter, drew me to environmental sculpture or whether the latter's challenges enriched my creative imagination and expanded my openness and curiosity, which are no less vital to an artist's private work. The constraints I grappled with turned into challenges. Though they limited my choices, they gave me an inner freedom and helped me break habits, conventions, and stylistic patterns.
In this sense, I believe environmental art, and environmental sculpture in particular, are akin to architecture. Similarly, though with different emphases, they are called upon to conduct a continuous dialogue with a variety of constraints: spatial, budgetary, subject-related, and functional. Like the environmental artist, the architect does not build the concrete product himself but conceives and plans it and supervises the executive team. I have often collaborated with architects, and my work has fitted into theirs. But a collaborative work as such has been rather rare.
The architect is not the only factor responsible for the success or failure of architectural works. Architecture worthy of its name requires resources, an enlightened initiative, and mainly a social awareness whose top priority is the human being as consumer of spiritual welfare. If the artist is to be relevant here, it is not as a provider of "suitable works of art" for an architectural space but as a creator-collaborator whose awareness, imagination, and professional skills can contribute toward this welfare. The following works are an example of such collaboration: the Memorial Park for Fallen Soldiers in Ashdod (1976), designed in collaboration with the architects Tzvi Dekel, Yossef Segal and Uri Miller of Tichnun Nof Ltd.; design of the Mediterranean Art Center Theoule-sur-Mer in Southern France (1978), designed with the architect Arieh Rachamimoff; redesign of the historical Bezalel Building (1993) in collaboration with the architect Peter Keynan.
When my work evolves outside an environmental context it exhibits three main features: it is interdisciplinary and investigative; it in no way clings to regular formal characteristics that are mistakenly labeled "the artist's personal style"; most often it conveys its messages through minimalism. Still, I do not endorse radical minimalism or minimalist structural complexity as an aim in itself. I believe good art is always minimalist in the sense that it uses only what is necessary and rejects any extraneous noise and clutter.
Over the years my works have examined, among others: the relationship between sculpture and mathematical principles (the geometrical sculptures, 1967-1969); matter as inspiration for the sculptural idea and the relationship between container and contained (earth sculptures and water sculptures (19731974); desert sculpture inspired by empty space and the building cultures of desert inhabitants (Desert Sculptures, 1980); application of an artonomic system to sculpture (The Black System, 1981-1983); the jewelry item as a dynamic sculpture worn on the human body (the jewelry series, 1989, exhibited in the Israel Museum).
My first visit to India in 1994, a culture shock that turned "the order of things" upside down, was an encounter between a "rationalist" of a monotheistic culture and the heady allure of the pagan world. As children we still carry the scent of this world, which captivates us with its enchanting legends and mythology. Still present in all of us, it is a hidden seed in the artist's depths, waiting for a moment of grace to emerge and blossom. India was for me this moment of grace. The memories of India created in me an emotional climate in which the sculptures Visual Memories were able to thrive. These esthetic, rational structures courting emotion have turned into esthetic, emotional structures that seek a rational answer to an undeciphered enigma.
In 1965, while at the British Museum in London, I came across an unusual sculpture: a nearly Two-meter tall head with a high brow and long ears from Easter Island. Rarely have I stood in front of a sculpture that radiated such an ntense presence. What secret allows such contact between a work and viewer who share ,either culture, nor time and place?
In Nikos Kazantzakis' book Christ Recrucifed there is a dialogue that I quote here from memory:
Question: How should we love God?
Answer: By loving people.
Question: How should we love people?
Answer: By showing them the right way.
Question: What is the right way?
Answer: The way up.
I believe this dialogue, which refers to religious vocation, touches on the essence of the spiritual on "the way up" that transports us from linear time to the infinite unity beyond it. If works offers. even partly, any evidence for this quality, I have not worked all those years in vain.
1999, plywood. 185/120/160
2000, plywood, 220/95/80
1998, plywood, 81/216/81
2001, plywood, 230/80/80
2000, plywood, 175/250/80
2003, plywood, 90/50/47
2008, plywood and white paint, 48/50/37
1999, plywood, 73/200/50
2007, plywood, 50/50/45
2006, marble and plywood, 58/71/52
2006, plywood and iron, 80/168/50
2008, plywood, 50/47/37
2010, bronze' 51/43/31
2010, water and bronze, 28/95/73
2007, plywood sand and stainless steel, 15/75/75
2006, plywood, 64/38/38
2007-First Place in the ''Andromeda'' sculpture competition for the Jaffa Harbor
''Hadany Arch'', built in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. made of weathering steel 30-meter tall. The sculpture towers above the access road to Lycoming Mall and fits into the landscape and transit texture. It is the most monumental sculpture I have made, and one of the largest in the U.S.A.
2014' stainlees steel 450/700/300, Fuzhou, China.
1992 environmental sculpture, Mitzpe Ramon, Israel
2011, glass and stone, environmental sculpture, M.B.S.Hotel, Singapore
1995. environmental sculpture, in Hadassah Park at the northern entrance to Beer Sheva, Israel
1997, steel, painted gold and blue, 15 m height, environmental sculpture, HaMarina Square, Ashdod, Israel.
1984, environmental sculpture, Aminadav Forest, Israel.
A dirt road at the western edge of Aminadav Forest leads to the Arthur Rubinstein Observatory. The visitor taking this road will reach the Observatory platform with the memorial sculpture for the Maestro entrenched in and rising from it. The sculpture is made of marble blocks assembled into a dynamic structure reminiscent of a piono keyboard in action. The sun's movement shifts the shadow constellations over the sculpture, enriching its rhythmic harmony, whose flow responds to the movement of mountain ridges appearing westward in all their splendor to the visitor.
1988, steel, painted white and glass bricks, 5m height, V.C.C.A , Virginia, U.S.A.
2008, water and stainlessl steel, 7m height, Petah Tikwah, Israel.
1995, rusty steel, 4m height, Prague, Czech Republic
2016, environmental sculpture at the 'Technological Gardens', Har Hotzvim, Jerusalem, Israel.
2017, stone, 4m height, proposal for Musrara Park, Jerusalem
2000-Participates in the international competition Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Washington, D.C. (among the five finalists)
2006- Public Garden in Jerusalem
1987-First prize, Artifex International Competition for the
Mediterranean Cultural Center, Theoule-sur Mer, France (in collaboration with architect A. Rachamimoff).
2002, plywood, 6m height, Sculpture at the Generi Building. The Government Precinct, Jerusalem, Israel.
2013, environmental sculpture at Yakum industrial park, Israel
1993, granite and steel, painted orange, 7m height, California House, Tel-Aviv
2016, bronze, proposal for systemic scupture
2016, bronze, proposal for systemic sculpture.
2008, brass, 24/30/30cm, proposal.
Proposal for a square in Ashdod,Israel
Proposal for landscape sculpture
Proposal for urban sculpture
Proposal for urban sculpture
Proposal for landscpe sculpture
proposal for urban sculpture
proposal for urban sculpture
Proposal for urban sculpture
Proposal for landscape sculpture
The new design for Rabbi Meir Baal-Hanes Tomb-Stone, 1988, Tiberias,Israel.
prroposal for a memorial in Birkenaw Concentration Camp, Poland, 1989
proposal for memorial monument in Jerusalem to the Victims of the Helicopters Disaster, 1997.
‘’The Metaphysical Drawings’’
I called these series of drawings "The Metaphysical Drawings" as they are free of any effort, intention, style, and cultural dependence. The observer will discover with no difficulty their connections to the totality of my work over the years, especially to the groups of sculptures I called:'' Desert Sculptures '', ‘’The Black System'' and ''Visual Memories''. Like these groups of sculptures, ''The ‘’Metaphysical Drawings'' cross spaces of consciousness, imagination, and mental fluctuations, conduct a dialogue with the cultures of the past and examine themselves with the tools of pure aesthetics. Like the sculptures, they too, try to reach that which is beyond time and place. With minimal means of lines and crayons, they conjure historical memories and fantasize futuristic fantasies. They are none personal, and at the same time, they are the seismograph and the architecture of the oscillations of the soul.
Without intention and effort, they come from somewhere, and I have no choice but to serve them with love and be the vessel that transfers them into the visible world.