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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 autumn 2022, 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 function as 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. 

Commissioned by Purple Roof Public Art
West Bund Art and Design Fair
Official unveiling on November 10, 2022

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, so as to permanently remind us of this event.

It was designed by artist Ram Katzir 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 making off video

Read the New York Times article

Tracing Future Taiwan

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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 Guanci 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

Production starts in May 2022. Official opening in 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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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.

Eggsistence Brussels

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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

Allsorts

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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

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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

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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.