Michael Druks

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Michael Druks
BornSeptember 26, 1940
Known forPainting, Conceptual Art
MovementContemporary art

Michael Druks (1940) is an Israeli-born British artist.


Michael Druks - painter, sculptor, and conceptual, video, performance and installation artist - was born in Jerusalem September 26, 1940. He has lived in London since 1972 and is a British citizen.

Druks grew up in Tel Aviv where he studied at the Art Academy and became involved in avant-garde art and theatre circles. He arranged group exhibitions at the Tel Aviv Museum and the Gordon Gallery, based around concerns for the natural environment, including 'Plus Air Pollution' at the Gordon Gallery, and 'Environment Paintings and Sculptures' at the Billy Rose Sculpture Pavilion at the Israel Museum in late 1970, the year Druks received the Creative Artists Working Grant from the Sharett Foundation Fund, and had his environmental installation shown at the Israel Museum. In 1971, he participated in the 'Concepts and Information Show' at the Israel Museum of Jerusalem.[1]

By the late 1960s, Druks was established as a leading young Israeli artist and decided to travel abroad. He arrived in Europe around 1970, and after a period in Holland, settled in England where he became known for his conceptual work, with solo exhibitions in the 1970s at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford; The Whitechapel Gallery, London; De Appel, Amsterdam; and the ICA, London.

Druks’s print 'Druksland: Physical and Social' (1974), a conceptual map, has become an iconic image in both Israeli and international art, featured in numerous exhibitions, books, magazines, exhibition catalogues and posters.

Since the early 1980s, Druks has concentrated primarily on painting, making works he says are “details detached from a context” that require time and active participation from the viewer.

Michael Druks' work has been exhibited in The Georges Pompidou Centre, Paris; ICA London; Whitechapel Gallery London; Serpentine Gallery London; Museum of Modern Art, Oxford; documenta 6, Kassel; Cologne, Maastricht, Berlin, Brussels, Montreal, Bern, Buenos Aires, Caracas and Sao Paulo.

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 1968–69, Scholarship for a Young Artist, Sharret Fund, America-Israel Cultural Foundation
  • 1970 The America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Sharett Fund Scholarship
  • 1970 America-Israel Cultural Foundation, Work Grant
  • 1970 Herman Struck Prize for Excellence, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel
  • 1970 British Council Scholarship for Study in Britain
  • 1972 Aika Braun Prize for a Young Artist, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • 1973 Sandberg Prize for Israeli Art, Israel Museum, Jerusalem


  • 1967 – Art Institute, Bat-Yam
  • 1967– The High Institute for Painting, Tel Aviv


  • Bezalel Academy of Art and Design

Selected Exhibitions[edit]

  • Michael Druks – Solo Exhibition, Dugith Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, 1968.
  • Michael Druks: Environment, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, October 6 - December 31, 1970.
  • Concepts + Information, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, February 2 - March 5, 1971
  • Affidavit: Idea-Process-Document, 6 Israeli artists, House Gallery, London, 1972.
  • 1st British International Drawings Biennale, Middlesbrough, 1973.
  • Flexible Geography & Location Piece, Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, 1973.
  • Off the Top of the Head, Art Meeting Place, London, 1974.
  • Punishments, In-Out Centre, Amsterdam; Agora Studio, Maastricht, 1974.
  • Video Travelling Show, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol & Brighton Polytechnic, 1975.
  • The Video Show, Serpentine Gallery, London, 1975.
  • Artists Video Tapes, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels,1975.
  • The 9e Biennale de Paris, 1975.
  • Everybody’s Own Yard, a photographic study, Ideas Gallery, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London, 1976.
  • Rencontre Internationale Ouverte de Video, Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris and Ferrara,1975.
  • NF2 Photography as Art, Gallery Grada Zagreb,1976.
  • Time, Words and the Camera, work by British artists travelling through Austria, 1976.
  • Documenta 6, Kassel,1977.
  • Video Performance, Neue Gallery, Montreal, 1977.
  • Photography as Art, Art as Photography, organised by Fotoforum, travelled to Kassel, London, Poland,USA, 1977.
  • Artist & & Society, Tel-Aviv Museum, 1978.
  • Ambiguous Definitions, ICA, London, 1978.
  • The Kadishman Connection, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, January 13, 1979 – May 31, 1979.
  • Performance, Centre d’art et Communication, George Pompidou Centre, Paris, 1979.
  • Borders, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, March 18, 1980 – June 30, 1980
  • Michael Druks: Projection on Photographical Situations, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, November 8, 1983 – December 31, 1983
  • Milestones in Israeli Art, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, December 8, 1985 – March 3, 1986
  • 1965 Today, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Spertus Gallery, Palevsky Design Pavilion, Ayala Zacks Abramov Pavilion for Israeli Art, March 31, 2015 – August 29, 2015
  • Michael Druks: Pictures, 1991–1992, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, October 1, 1992 – November 2, 1992
  • The Listening Eye, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, December 7, 1993 – March 5, 1994
  • Preview from the Rita and Arturo Schwarz Collection of Israeli Art – A Gift to the Israel Museum, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, June 13 - August 30, 1995
  • Windows: Glimpses of Seven Themes in Israeli Art, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, February 4 – May 6, 1996
  • Love at First Sight: The Vera and Arturo Schwarz Collection of Israeli Art, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, March 2 - June 23, 2001.
  • The Map is Not the Territory, England & Co, London, 2001.
  • The Map is Not the Territory ii, England & Co, London, 2002.
  • The Map is Not the Territory 3, James Hockey Gallery, Farnham, UK (curated by Jane England), 2003.
  • Druksland, audio-visual retrospective Haifa Museum, 2004.
  • Beneath the Radar in 1970s London, England & Co, London, 2010.
  • Atlas Critique, Parc Saint Leger Centre D'Art Contemporain, Paris, 2012.
  • Contemporary Cartographies: Drawing Thought, CaixaForum, Barcelona, 2012.
  • Wandering Lines: From Automatic Drawing to Abstraction, England & Co, London,2012.
  • Life: A User's Manual, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, April 12, 2011 – February 4, 2012.
  • Michael Druks, solo exhibition, England & Co, London, 2013.
  • Michael Druks: View, Material, Thought, Loushy Art & Projects, Tel Aviv, 2013.
  • Hide and Seek: Works on Paper, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, March 20, 2014 – July 20, 2014
  • Israeli Art: The Renewed Collection Galleries, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israeli Art Gallery, May 11, 2015
  • The Gallery House Archive Project, Goethe Institute, London.
  • Wire(less) Connections, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, May 27, 2016 – March 18, 2017.
  • Map, Map on the Wall, Mapping in Science and Art, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, 2017.
  • This Way Out of England: Gallery House in Retrospect, Raven Row, London.

See also[edit]

Visual arts in Israel


  1. ^ Yona Fisher, 'New Trends Among Israeli Artists', Studio International v 183 no. 942 March 1972 p. 125

External links[edit]

  • Michael Druks collection at the Israel Museum. Retrieved February 2012.
  • "Michael Druks". Information Center for Israeli Art. Israel Museum. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  • Michael Druks on the M HKA site – a museum for contemporary art, film and visual culture in Antwerp