Igael Tumarkin (b. 1933, Germany) is one of Israel’s most important painters and sculptors, famous not only for his art but also for his outspoken leftist position. His sculptures, mostly done in iron, usually represent symbols and outcomes of war and violence that are integrated in a context of vulnerability and human compassion. Tumarkin forms fascinating connections between western culture and the heart of the Middle East. Despite an abundance of outdoor sculptures and commemoration monuments, and his status as a leading local artist, Tumarkin is not considered part of the consensus and has remained a controversial figure. He represented Israel at the 1964 Venice Biennial and was the recipient of the Israel Prize in 2004.
Related exhibitions: The Towering Inferno, Prima Facie