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Grand Green Osaka

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Umekita Phase 2 is a world-class development project in front of Osaka Station. It will be filled with abundant greenery, blending nature and urban space.

The Next Innovation Museum designed by Tadao Ando, invites visitors to experience new art and technologies. Mr. Ando, who comes from Osaka hopes to make the Umekita Project a source of pride for children of future generations. Ram Katzir designed a site-specific sculpture for this landmark location based on studies of Osaka residents.

Official opening in September 2024
Client Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd
Artistic Director Toshio Shimizu Art Office

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Tracing Future Taiwan

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Work has started on Ram Katzir’s immersive Terrazzo and corten steel artwork in Xinyi District, Taipei.

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

Visitors to the Guanci Social Housing complex step into a huge line drawing of a hand tracing the lifeline of the other hand. Viewed from the top, it seems the building has grown hands and is rewriting itself. This project encourages social and urban reform in Taipei’s financial and political center.

 

Official opening in spring 2024

Commissioned by The Taipei City Government Department of Urban Development

Curated by Huichen Wu, Artfield, Taipei

 

Onirico

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When two colors meet, a new color emerges. Similarly, when two or more people meet, a new space is created that is larger than the sum of its parts. In 2023, Ram Katzir’s first permanent public artwork in China Onirico will unveil at Xuhui Riverside in Shanghai. 

Onirico welcomes visitors to the historic Nanpu Railway Station site, built initially for cargo transport. It is a symbolic place reminding people of the city’s industrialization progress.

Situated between an art museum and a park, it will be a magical meeting point in Xuhui District. Next to the artwork is the newly built Start Museum, designed by French architect Jean Nouvel. The proximity of the Art and Design Fair and Katzir’s monumental sculpture will become a unique highlight of the West Bund Culture Corridor. 

 

Official unveiling in January 2024
Client Hong Kong Land
Curated by Purple Roof Public Art
Realized with support from the Mondriaan Fund

 

Grow Shanghai

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Ram Katzir’s 4-meter bronze sculpture ‘Grow” will be placed before Shanghai’s Performance Art Center.

Artworks by Jonathan Borofsky and Akio Hamatani can be found in the New Bund 31 complex.

Story of Grow:  “I was walking through a park, and it was raining. Suddenly, the sun emerged from behind the clouds, and people stopped and turned their faces toward the sun the way flowers do. They didn’t see one another, but they were all connected. Grow is a sculpture about hope and the potential for growth within each of us.” Ram Katzir

 

Official unveiling by the Consul-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on October 28th, 2023

Clients: Shun Tak Holdings and LiuJia Zui Group

Curated by Art Front Gallery, Tokyo

Reshaping Space

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Group exhibition with Elmgreen & Dragset, Leandro Erlich, Tom Friedman, Anthony Gormley, Ram Katzir, Jim Lambie, Erwin Wurm, and others.

Ram Katzir’s installation Here depicts a surreal encounter between a cloud dog and a cloud man. The dog is inspired by the Chinese guardian lions that stood in front of palaces and temples. The clouds on each head symbolize changing concepts and beliefs. Visitors can project into these clouds their thoughts. Here reminds us to be here now.

 

The exhibition runs from 20 September until 31 December 2023

Opening, 19 September 2023

Curated by Purple Roof Public Art

Tracing Future Taiwan

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Our future is in our hands. This thought gets a literal meaning as visitors to the Guanci Social Housing complex step into a huge line drawing of a hand tracing the lifeline of the other hand.

The artwork will connect the building with the new Guangci metro station. Viewed from the top, it seems the building has grown hands and is rewriting itself. This project encourages social and urban reform in Taipei’s financial and political center.

Commissioned by The Taipei City Government Department of Urban Development

Production will start in September 2023. Official opening in November 2023.

Curated by Huichen Wu, Artfield, Taipei

Suitcase in a Bottle

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The fifth Setouchi Triennial will run during April 14 – November 6, 2022 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.

Curated by Fram Kitagawa

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Shadows

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During the Second World War, the Olympiaplein was one of the places where Amsterdam’s Jews were forced to gather on the orders of the occupying forces.

More than 100,000 Jews from the Netherlands were murdered during the Holocaust.

This photograph was taken during the major raid in Olympiaplein on June 20, 1943, by collaborator and Dutch Nazi party member Herman Heukels. The names of the people in the photo are not known.

The memorial consists of shadows from asphalt in the spot where the photographed victims walked to remind us of this event in the future.

 

Artist Ram Katzir designed it with Laura Borgstein, Zara Hoeffelman, and Anne Kleijn, students from Het Amsterdam Lyceum.

Spatial Design by Architectural Prescription

Commissioned by the city of Amsterdam

Photo courtesy of NIOD

Official unveiling on 20 June 2022

Watch the making of the video

Read the New York Times article

Longingtude

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Katzir’s video installation from 2007 ‘Longingtude’ is a visual meditation on the changing nature of things. Viewed through a French window, the winter horizon of Tel Aviv’s coast subtly transcends mood and color. 

‘Longingtude’ will be part of the group exhibition ‘Overdose’ showing highlights from Galila’s P.O.C, a private space in Brussels dedicated to the contemporary art collection of Galila Barzilaï Hollander.

Curated by Avihai Mizrahi and Neil Nenner

Exhibition runs from 11 April – 13 August 2022

Opening, 10 April 2022

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Portal 2.0

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

After seven year in the making studio Ram Katzir and artist duo Hertog Nadler have completed the art project Portal which first unveiled in 2016.

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

Commissioned by the municipality of Zwolle.

Official opening on September 30th, 2021.

For more info visit the Portal  website.