Sigalit Landau

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Sigalit Landau
Portrait of Sigalit Landau.jpg
Born1969 (age 49–50)
Known forSculptor, Video Artist
MovementIsraeli art

Sigalit Landau (Hebrew: סיגלית לנדאו‎; born 1969) is an Israeli sculptor, video and installation artist.


Sigalit Landau was born in Jerusalem[1] and spent several years in the US and the UK.

Between 1990 to 1995, she studied Art at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. During this time, she spent one-semester as an exchange student at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York. She currently lives and works in Israel with her partner in life and art Yotam From and her daughter Imree. Her brother is the artist Daniel Landau.[2]

Artistic career[edit]

Landau creates with a diverse range of media – including drawing, sculpture, video and performance – creating works and installations which sometimes stand on their own and sometimes form complete, inclusive environments. Her complex works touch on social, historical, political, and ecological issues, embracing topics such as homelessness, banishment, and the relationships between victim and victimizer and between decay and growth. As much of her work is concerned with the human condition, the body (often her own) is a key motif and guide. Using salt, sugar, paper and ready-made objects, Landau creates large-scale in site installations, which totally change the spaces she works in.

Her work — sculptural and performative — explores the complexities of living in a divided, traumatic geographical reality. It is art emerging from a predestined, inescapable physical geopolitical reality: arguably the most conflict-ridden, volatile point on earth. Sigalit Landau represented Israel twice at the Venice Biennale (1997, 2011) and once in the DocumentaX [1997]. She has exhibited in some of the world’s leading venues, including the MoMA [solo project] [2008], The Berlin KW [one person exhibition] [2008], the Tel Aviv Museum of Art [one person exhibition] [2005]. Last year the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona featured a semi-retrospective of her work [2015].

Landau showed in the group exhibition 'Tranzit' in the haunted spaces of floor 5, at the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station, and in Export Surplus, the Bugrashov Gallery’s street show. Both shows were part of ArtFocus 1 (1994), and both early exhibitions dealt with nomadism and place, and deciphering the essence of these sites. In one, she inhabited a homeless shelter; in the other Landau created a castaway group show that Included Yochai Avrahami, Sharon Horody, Yossi Dar, Yasmin Bergner, Gil Nader, Yoav Shmueli on the water breakers in front of Bugrashov beach beach.

Her next installation, with Guy Bar Amotz at the Israel Museum, turned her gaze back on Jerusalem, where she had grown up in. Their show was called 'Grrrr…'. Landau took this exhibition as an opportunity to peep through one of the world’s navels, into and under Temple Mount and, in parallel, into and under the maintenance agenda of the Israel Museum. Jerusalem, a place overburdened with holes, holiness and less holy layers (mental debris) and a history of being claimed, built and destroyed by empires.

In 1996 Landau exhibit at the 'Witte de With'. Following her Rotterdam experience, Landau made and showed 'Resident Alien I' the following year in the Herzliya Museum, and after that in Documenta X and at the 47th Venice Biennale. She deformed the metal floor of the cargo containers using heat and intense hammering to look like a function as hills.

In 1999 Landau exhibited her work in the Chisenhale Gallery, London, and then at Spacex in Exeter. The following year, she won the first Times/ArtAngel Open commission: to transformed a concrete mixer into a music box, she had every intention of "living in it forever and traveling with the story performed with it in the streets…".

In her 2001 New York City Exhibition, Sigalit turned the Thread Waxing space into a cotton candy crater, spinning the sweet fibers around herself and the audience, to the music of "Arab-Snow".[3]

DeadSee, Israel Museum

Returning to Israel This was the time of the Second Intifada and she worked with Haaretz newspaper front pages. She transformed the media mass [paper] into daily fruit. Her outdoor drying area was the studio’s roof, where she took her replete balls-crops-growths to dry. Thouse balls were main part of her "The Country" Installation (2002) at the Alon Segev Gallery in Tel Aviv-Yaffo.

After her mother’s death in 2003, she opened "The Endless Solution" (2005) in the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art. The Mediterranean town was turned by a salty current into a 21st–century "Deaditerranean prairie". A frugal tribe of refugees came into being, and with it a salty explosion of buoyant video works.

In "The Dining Hall" (2007) at Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, Germany, She made a chain of installations dealing with private, communal, and public food, feeding and starving. Culminating in a monumental public sculpture of bloody doner kebabs, dedicated to the Turkish doner kebab carvers in the streets of Germany.

My work is about building bridges. [Un]consciously looking for new and vital materials to connect the past to the future, the west to the east, the private with the collective, the sub-existential to the Uber-profound, found objects to the deepest epic narratives and mythologies… using scattered, broken words to define bric-a-brac and transform it into a soft heap of hope, to act beyond the uncertainty on the horizon.

Her work is part of prominent institutional and private collections including the MoMA, the Centre Pompidou, Stockholm’s Magazine 3, the NY Jewish Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the Israel Museum, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Rubell Family Collection (Miami), the Jose Mugrabi Collection (NY), and the Igal Ahouvi Collection (TLV).


  • 1993 Jewish National Fund Sculpture Award
  • 1994 America-Israel Cultural Fund
  • 1994 Mary Fisher Prize, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem
  • 1996 Ineborg Bachman Scholarship
  • 1998 Artist in Residence at the Hoffmann Collection, Berlin, Germany
  • 1999 First Prize in the British Competition by ArtAngel and London newspaper "The Times"
  • 2001 Acquisition Prize, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
  • 2001 Prize for a Young Artist, Israeli Ministry of Science, Culture and Sport
  • 2003 America-Israel Cultural Foundation Janet and George Jaffin Scholarship Prize
  • 2003 Residency, IASPIS - The International Artists Studio Program, Stockholm
  • 2004 Nathan Gottesdiener Foundation, The Israeli Art Prize, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
  • 2004 Beatrice S. Kolliner Award for Young Israeli Artist, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • 2007 The Dan Sandel and the Sandel Family Foundation Sculpture Award, Tel Aviv Museum of Art
  • 2012 'Artis' Grant Recipient
  • 2016 The Sandberg Prize for Israeli Art, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • 2017 Honorary Doctoral Degree, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheba



See also[edit]


  1. ^ Biography Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Yuval Avivi, An interview with Daniel Landau, Time out Tel Aviv, September 2, 2013; Matan Shiram, "practical art" coferene: discussion about the interaction between arts and marketing nowadays", Globes, June 19, 2014; Yonatan Esterkin, "Four walls jungle", an interview with Daniel Landau, Nrg Maariv, September 26, 2009
  3. ^ Frieze Magazine, review: Sigalit Landau Archived 2014-08-24 at the Wayback Machine.

External links[edit]

  • *Podcast/interview with Sigalit Landau, 2015
  • Sigalit Landau collection at the Israel Museum. Retrieved January 22, 2012.
  • "Sigalit Landau". Information Center for Israeli Art. Israel Museum. Retrieved January 22, 2012.
  • Art of Sigalit Landau at Europeana. Retrieved January 22, 2012