1957 (age 60–61)|
Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv University, |
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
Michal Rovner (born 1957) is an Israeli video, photo and cinema artist.
Michal Rovner was born in Tel Aviv, Israel. She studied cinema, television, and philosophy at Tel Aviv University and subsequently at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem in 1981, receiving a BFA in photography and art in 1985. In 1978, with artist Arie Hammer, she co-founded the Camera Obscura School of Art in Tel Aviv, the city’s first school for photographers. She moved to New York in 1987.
In her early photography series Outside (1990–91), Rovner photographed a Bedouin encampment in the desert and reprinted it, distorting its size and color. For the Decoy series (1991), she distorted radar and surveillance images to create photographs of indistinct groups of people with blurred features. In One-Person Game Against Nature (1992–93), she again distorted images, this time her own photographs of people floating in the Dead Sea.
In 1996, Rovner began to use film and video, creating works featuring anonymous crowds of people or animals, as in Monoprints of Birds (1998). While she has eschewed direct political commentary in her work, in 1995–96 she produced installations for the Israel-Lebanon border that were situated on electric fences and guard towers in the line of ongoing exchanges of fire. These were complemented by her video Border (1996–97), in which she futilely attempted to demarcate and cross the border from Israel into Lebanon.
Her video Notes (2001) was a collaboration with the composer Philip Glass; Rovner used footage of a group of people walking on an inclined angle, and Glass composed music inspired by this moving image (their collaboration was documented in the 2003 documentary Looking Glass). Time Left (2002), a multichannel-video installation comprising images of endless rows of indistinct beings, was the centerpiece of her mid-career retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York in 2002. For the exhibition In Stone, at PaceWildenstein in New York in 2004, she mixed sculpture and video by projecting minute images of crowds onto tablets of stone, blurring the line between image and text.
In the film Fields of Fire (2005), Rovner’s images of oilfields in the Republic of Kazakhstan reflect the persistent instability of a region at the epicenter of international scrutiny. Living Landscape (2005), a site-specific video wall at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, projects a montage of pre-WWII footage of dances, music, and daily lives of European Jews.
Rovner represented Israel in the 50th Venice Biennale and turned the Israeli pavilion into one of the most interesting one that year. "....Rovner's media art is like no other. She stands alone in the pure and artful way she bends digital technology to suit her own vision. She makes of these tools fine materials like the smoothest of marble or the supplest of paints..."
Her installation in the Louvre in 2011 was called "Histories". The Louvre chose Rovner for its Summer season outdoor display, next to the famous entrance Pyramid. Rovner's idea was to explore the themes of physical and psychological borders and of identity. In winter 2012 Rovner presented "Topography" show in Pace Gallery, New York, continuing environment and science theme.
Rovner has had numerous solo exhibitions since her first, at Dizengoff Center in Tel Aviv in 1987, including shows at the Prague House of Photography (1992), the Art Institute of Chicago (1993), the Whitney Museum of Art in New York (2002), Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Rome (2003), and Jeu de Paume in Paris (2005). She has also exhibited widely in group exhibitions, such as the Photography Biennial in Ein Harod, Israel (1986), New Photography 10 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (1994), Photographic Condition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (1995), Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam (1999), Whitney Biennial (2000), Biennial Exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. (2000), Venice Biennale (2003), Shanghai Bienniale (2004) and the Auckland Triennial (2007)
- 2016 - Night, Pace Gallery, 510 West 25th Street, New York, September 16–October 22, 2016.
- 2015 - Dislocations, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, September 18–November 29, 2015.
- 2015 - Panorama, Pace London, 6 Burlington Gardens, April 29–June 15, 2015.
- 2014 - Nofim, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, May 10–July 12, 2014.
- 2013 - Three Rooms, Instituto Cultural Cabañas, Guadalajara, Mexico, December 4, 2013 – January 19, 2014.
- 2012 - Topography, Pace Gallery, 508 West 25th Street, New York, November 8–December 22, 2012.
- 2011 - Histoires, Musée du Louvre, Paris, May 19–October 24.
- 2011 - Making of Makom, L’Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, May 18–29, 2011.
- 2009 - Frequency, Ivorypress Art + Books Space, Madrid, October 8, 2009 – January 16, 2010.
- 2009 - Particles of Reality, DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montreal, May 21–September 27, 2009.
- 2009 - Borders, Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, Massachusetts, March 11–June 14, 2009.
- 2008 - Video, Sculpture, Installation, Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, New York, June 28–September 28.
- 2008 - Adama, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, California, April 29–June 14, 2008.
- 2007 - Michal Rovner, Galerie Haas & Fuchs, Berlin, November 3–December 28, 2007.
- 2006 - Michal Rovner, Fundació Sa Nostra, Centre de Cultura, Palma, Spain, September 21–November 11, 2006.
- 2006 - Fields of Fire, PaceWildenstein, 534 West 25th Street, New York, February 16–March 18, 2006.
- 2005 - Fields, Jeu de Paume in collaboration with Festival d’Automne à Paris, Paris, October 3, 2005 – January 8, 2006. Traveled to: Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel, April 6–July 29, 2006.
- 2005 - Recent Works, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand, March 15–April 9, 2005.
- 2005 - Recent Work, Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, January 14–March 13, 2005.
- 2004 - in stone, PaceWildenstein, 534 West 25th Street, New York, April 30–June 5 (extended through July 16), 2004.
- 2003 - Against Order? Against Disorder? 50th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Israeli Pavilion, Venice, June 15–November 2, 2003.
- 2003 - Michal Rovner, MACRO, Museo d’arte contemporanea Roma (Al Mattatoio), Rome, May 9–August 17, 2003.
- 2003 - Coexistence, Studio Stefania Miscetti, Rome, May 9–August 17, 2003.
- 2002 - Michal Rovner, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, November 29, 2002 – January 26, 2003.
- 2002 - The Space Between, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, July 11–October 13, 2002.
- 2001 - Works, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Missouri, October 12, 2001 – January 6, 2002.
- 2001 - Michal Rovner, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica California, March 31–April 28, 2001.
- 2001 - New Work, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, March 16–April 30, 2001.
- 2000 - New Works, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, May 2000.
- 2000 - Between, New Gallery, Houston, January 9–March 2, 2000.
- 1998 - Border, New Gallery, Houston, 1998.
- 1998 - Recall Seeing, Studio Stefania Miscetti, Rome, 1998.
- 1998 - Selected Works 1991–1998, The Schmidt Center Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, November 6–January 17, 1998.
- 1998 - Recent Work, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, October 23–November 28, 1998.
- 1998 - Michal Rovner, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, September 14–October 14, 1998.
- 1997 - Michal Rovner, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, November 1997.
- 1997 - Photographic Works, Pace / MacGill Gallery, New York, October 30–November 29, 1997.
- 1997- Michal Rovner, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, California, June–August 1997.
- 1997 - Michal Rovner: Art Now 10, Tate Gallery, London, May 26–August 3, 1997.
- 1996 - Works 1991–1996, The Bohen Foundation, New York, 1996.
- 1995 - Michal Rovner, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, September 19–October 20, 1995.
- 1995 - New Work, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, September 9–November 4, 1995.
- 1994 - Michal Rovner, John Stoller Gallery, Minneapolis, 1994.
- 1994 - Michal Rovner, New Gallery, Houston, 1994.
- 1994 - Michal Rovner, Laura Carpenter Fine Arts, Santa Fe, 1994.
- 1994 - One Person Game Against Nature, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Summer 1994.
- 1993 - Michal Rovner, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, November 3–December 24, 1993.
- 1993 - Michal Rovner, The Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois, October 30, 1993 – January 16, 1994.
- 1993 - Michal Rovner, Peter Kilchmann Gallery, Zurich, June–July 1993.
- 1992 - Michal Rovner, Prague House of Photography, 1992.
- 1992 - “Outside 1990” and “Outside 1991,” Betsey Rosenfeld Gallery, Chicago, 1992.
- 1992 - “Outside 1990” and “Outside 1991,” Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, 1992.
- 1991 - Le Mois de la Photo a Montreal, La Maison de la Culture Mercier, Montreal, 1991.
- 1991 - Decoy: Michal Rovner, Grant Gallery, Denver, 1991. Traveled to: The Friends of Photography, Ansel Adams Center, San Francisco, as Decoy: Michal Rovner, Photographs of the Gulf War, January 15–March 1, 1992.
- 1990 - Outside: Michal Rovner, Works 1987–1990, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel, December 1990.
- 1990 - Michal Rovner, Brent Sikkema Fine Art, New York, 1990.
- 1987 - Dizengoff Center, Tel Aviv
Awards and recognition
In 1997, Rovner received the Tel Aviv Museum Award and in 2008 she received an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She lives and works in New York and Israel, where she has a farm in the Valley of Ayalon, between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
"My work is not directly related to the Israeli-Palestinian question. I present situations of conflict, tensions, fractures.. vulnerability. (...) I always begin with reality. I record it and subsequently, little by little, I extract the image of reality, which becomes more fuzzy, losing its own definition, and bringing therefore something else."
List of works
- 2006 - Hitlakdut, Installation with video projection on a stone.
- 2005 - Fire Lines 9, Pigments on paper.
- 2005 - Fire Lines 3, Pigments on paper.
- 2005 - Fire Lines 1, Pigments on paper.
- 2004-2005 - Fields of Fire, Video Installation in collaboration with Heiner Goebbels for the audio part.
- 2005 - Postcard
- 2004 - Tablets, Two stone and sand shelves, video and audio channels.
- 2004-2005, Cabinet Stones, Steel, glass and stone window, video projection.
- 2004 - The Well, Limestone wells, video projection.
- 2003 - Time Left, Installation with video and sound.
- 2003 - Data Zone, Installation with video projections.
- 2003 - Against Order ? Against Disorder ? Installation with video projections.
- 2000 - Coexistence 2, Video Installation. Photogram. Variable Dimensions.
- 1996-1997 - Border, Video Film.
Her works have appeared in collections around the world such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
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