Upcoming: Portal 2.0

Art Route expansion, Zwolle, the Netherlands

Is time traveling possible? It is if Zwolle station is in your cards.

Ram Katzir together with artist duo Hertog Nadler are currently working on an expansion of the art project Portal which unveiled in 2016.

Portal 2.0 will consist of a permanent installation in Zwolle’s new station square and continue with a series of artworks leading to the city centre.

A portrait exhibition of Portal’s time travellers will be spread across the city during the renovation period of the station.

Commissioned by the municipality of Zwolle.

Official opening in autumn 2021.

For more info visit the Portal website.

Eggsistence Brussels

Public sculpture for Avenue Van Volxem

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished – Lao Tzu

Squeezed between a soft boiled existence and an endless need to produce, Ram Katzir’s latest creation is placed at the entrance of a new gallery complex in Forest next to Wiels Contemporary Art.

The sculpture Eggsistence is part of the permanent collection of Galila’s P.O.C, an art collection in the spirit of a contemporary cabinet of curiosities. Reservations can be made after the lockdown ends via the following link

Tracing Future Taiwan

Floor design for a new plaza in Xinyi District, Taipei

Our hand has valleys and hills, islands and plains just like a topographic map. It is scientifically proven that over time, our choices and actions shape the lines in our hand.

Visitors to Taipei Social Housing complex step into a huge line drawing of a hand tracing the life line of the other hand. The drawing connects the building with the new Guangci metro station. Viewed from the top, it seems as if the building has grown hands and is rewriting itself. This project encourages a social and urban reform in Taipei’s financial and political centre.

Commissioned by The Taipei City Government Department of Urban Development

Curated by Huichen Wu, Artfield, Taipei

Opening in March 2023

Allsorts

Permanent installation, Brussels, Belgium

On October 24th, a surprising new art space will open, a stone’s throw from WIELS, Brussels’ contemporary art center.

The public will have the chance to discover Galila’s P.O.C, a collection organized around a multitude of heterogeneous themes and presented in the form of a cabinet of curiosities.

Galila, the passionate lady of the house, will guide the visitors through her phantasmagoric world.

P.O.C is also engaging with the local community by working on an educational project in two neighboring buildings.

Ram Katzir has created three interactive installations for this new collection. Come and explore them and many other delicacies

Visits by reservation only via the collections website.

Stay Nagoya

Public sculpture for a new park in Japan

An interactive artwork by Ram Katzir will be placed in Hisaya Odori Park in the heart of Nagoya.

Stay is a sculpture about the nature of support. On one side the large figure hugs the small, and on the other their roles change. From either side we see only backs, facing the horizon together. 

Visitors are welcome to sit with Stay and participate in this artwork. We can all use a hug.

Official opening on September 14th, 2020 

Artistic director: Toshio Shimizu Art Office

Commissioned by Mitsui Fudosan, Tokyo

Manna

Freedom Monument, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

This year the Netherlands celebrates 75 years of liberation from Nazi repression. To mark this occasion a freedom monument will be placed in a new park. Ram Katzir’s proposal has been chosen as the winning design.

During the Hongerwinter (Dutch famine) of 1944-45, millions of Dutch people were starving and food was scarce. Shortly before the liberation , some relief came with “Swedish white bread”, which was baked locally from flour shipped in from Sweden.

Bread plays a prominent role in many cultures. It’s more than food, it brings people together. The artwork ‘Manna’ is designed as a meeting place. The message of compassion and nourishment is still relevant in our world today.

Official opening on July 6th, 2020

Commissioned by the Municipality of Amsterdam.

Making Eden

A short film about a man and a dog

In November 2018 the artwork Eden was unveiled in the Dutch city of Zeist. This film follows Ram Katzir’s creative process in the studio and during production. Eden looks deceptively simple. On the one hand it is welcoming and heartwarming and on the other it touches themes such as loneliness and our need to connect.

Directed by Fons Pennings

Music by Marijn Korff de Gidts

Commisioned by the Municiplaity of Zwolle

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Time Travellers

Outdoor portrait exhibition at Zwolle Station, the Netherlands

Time Travelers is a life-size portrait exhibition of a selection from 500 locals who participated in ‘Portal Zwolle’ film shoot in 2015.

The exhibitions will alternate every few months until construction of the new station is complete in 2022.

Opening of the 1st series of portraits on March the 4th, 2020 at 13:00.

Collaboration with Hertog Nadler.

Graphic design by Rutger Fuchs. Photography by Jaap Stahlie.

Commissioned by the Municipality of Zwolle.

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Little Big Sculptures

Artist Talk in Shibaura House, Tokyo, Japan

On the occasion of Setouchi Triennale Autumn opening, Ram Katzir will be discussing his public art projects with Toshio Shimizu, curator and professor of art history.

Shibaura House, Tokyo

Thursday, September 26th at 19:30

3-15-4 Shibaura Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 108-0023

 

Organized by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in collaboration with the Embassy of Israel and the Mondriaan Fund

 

Leela

Set design for Vertigo Dance Company, Tel Aviv, Israel

Leela means in Sanskrit a divine play in which humans are mere pawns.

Inspired by the fall from heaven, the creation Leela takes place in the space between illusive reality and God’s cosmic play.

World premiere on May 13th, 2019, Suzanne Dellal Centre, Tel Aviv, Israel 

International tour starts on July 11th, 2019, Pompeii Amphitheater, Napoli Teatro Festival, Italy

Choreographer: Noa Wertheim 

Music: Ran Bagno

Set design: Ram Katzir

Costume design: Sasson Kedem 

Lighting design: Dani Fishof – Magenta

 

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Suitcase in a Bottle

Sculpture for Setouchi Triennale 2019, Takamatsu Yashima, Japan

The fourth Setouchi Triennial will run during April 26 – November 4, 2019 in Naoshima and surrounding islands. 

Suitcase in a Bottle is a project about spiritual homelessness. The longing for home is encased in the suitcase like a genie in a bottle. This sculpture raises questions about the flow of life and where it takes us, as our baggage of expectations drifts towards an unknown destination. After the Triennale, Katzir’s artwork will remain in the permanent collection of Shikoku Mura Museum, designed by Tadao Ando. 

Katzir’s presentation in Japan has been realized with the generous support of the Mondriaan Fund. 

 

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Glocalization

Façade design, International Campus Breda, the Netherlands

How does one’s identity change colors in a new environment?
Façade design for a school entrance made out of 198 flags in colors sampled from the surrounding architecture.

Collaboration with Rutger Fuchs
Architecture by Roos Ros
Commissioned by Mencia de Mendoza Lyceum and International School Breda

Official opening on April 12, 2019

Eden

Public sculpture, Zeist, the Netherlands

As part of the renewal of the centre of Zeist, Hogeweg square has been re-designed and will be home to two sculptures by Ram Katzir.
Official unveiling on Friday, November 23rd at 19.30

Commissioned by the municipality of Zeist
Realized with financial support from the Mondriaan Fund
Landscape design by Eveline vd Kock, Jeroen Marseille and Ram Katzir
Lighting design by Shizuka Hariu

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Rozenoord 2.0

War memorial , Amstelpark, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Following the unveiling of Rozenoord Monument in 2015, six additional victims were identified and the monument has been enlarged in 2018 with six chairs and nameplates. Research concerning the identities of the unknown victims continues.
A 400 page publication with biographies of all known victims will be presented during the opening.

Opening and book launch on Tuesday, September 18 at 16.30

Commissioned by the municipality of Amsterdam
Publication with texts by Anita Frank, Ram Katzir and Bianca Stigter
Publication and nameplates designed by Rutger Fuchs

Read article in Haaretz newspaper

Portal 2.0

Art Route Zwolle, the Netherlands

Studio Ram Katzir & artist duo Hertog Nadler were invited to design an extension to Art Route Zwolle.

Portal 2.0 will consist of a permanent installation in Zwolle’s new Station Square, and an outdoor photography exhibition during the renovation period of the square. Completion circa 2021.

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Public sculpture, Gustave Mahler square

Amsterdam Zuidas, the Netherlands

Permanent installation for the new ABN Amro Pavilion in Amsterdam’s financial district.

Official unveiling in September 2017

Architecture by Cie
Landscape design by Donkergroen
Curated by Danila Cahen
Artworks by Ram Katzir and Mario Merz

Field of Flowers, group exhibition

National Historical Museum of the Republic of Belarus Minsk, Belarus

April 14 – June 4, 2017
Exhibition opening: 14 April, 17:00

Curated by Evgeny Umansky (Russia)

Hannah Arendt memorial

Kaliningrad, Russia

Ram Katzir’s sculpture Petrification will be installed in the Friedland Museum in Kaliningrad. This date marks the 110th anniversary of the birth of Hanna Arendt, the Jewish political theorist who was born in 1906 in Köningsberg, modern day Kaliningrad. Official unveiling on Friday, October 14th at 16.00 .

During November to December Katzir will present a new work in the exhibition Migrations in the NCCA (National Center Contemporary Arts) in Kaliningrad.

Curated by Yulia Bardun

Artist talk by Ram Katzir

The Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russia

Katzir will give an artist talk about art and public space in the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg
The talk and the Hanna Arendt Memorial installation are part of Migration – a group exhibition at the NCCA (National Center Contemporary Arts) in Kaliningrad, with new work by Ram Katzir.

Hanna Arendt memorial

Kaliningrad, Russia

Ram Katzir’s sculpture Petrification will be installed in the Friedland Museum in Kaliningrad. This date marks the 110th anniversary of the birth of Hanna Arendt, the Jewish political theorist who was born in 1906 in Köningsberg, modern day Kaliningrad.

Generously supported by the Mondriaan Fund, the Israeli Consulate, St Petersburg and the Baltic branch of the National Centre of Contemporary Art.