Grand Green Osaka

Public sculpture for a new museum, Osaka, Japan

 

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

Floor design for a new plaza in Xinyi District, Taipei, Taiwan

 

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

Public sculpture, West Bund Site, Shanghai, China

 

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

Public sculpture, New Bund 31, Pudong, China

 

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

Jing'an International Sculpture Project, Shanghai, China

 

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

Permanent installation in Xinyi District, Taipei

 

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

Setouchi Triennale 2022, Takamatsu Yashima, Japan

 

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

Memorial to the major raid, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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

Design Museum Holon, Israel

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

Art Route completion, Zwolle, the Netherlands

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

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

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