Sigalit Landau

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Sigalit Ethel Landau[1]
Born1969 (age 53–54)
Jerusalem, Israel
Known forSculptor, Video artist
MovementContemporary art

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


Sigalit Ethel Landau was born in Jerusalem.[2] She was the eldest child of Simcha Landau, who immigrated to Israel from Bukovina, and Maya Sonntag, who immigrated from London. In 1974-1975, the family lived in Philadelphia, and in 1978-1979 in London.[3] Landau grew up on a hill in Jerusalem overlooking the Judean Desert. She attended Rubin Academy of Music High School and majored in dance. Between 1990 and 1995, she studied art at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design,[4] including a semester as an exchange student at Cooper Union in New York City.

Landau is a cousin of the prominent American diplomat and lawyer, Christopher Landau.[5]

Art career[edit]

Thread Waxing Space installation, 2001

Landau is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work includes drawing, sculpture, video and performance art, sometimes self-standing and sometimes forming whole 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.

Salt Crystal Shoes on a Frozen Lake, 2011

One of Landau's best-known works is Salt Works, a series of salt sculptures created by immersing metal sculptural frames into the Dead Sea.[6][7][8]

In another work using salt, Landau put an early 20th century black dress into the Dead Sea for two months and documented how salt crystals coated the fabric and turned it white.[9]



In 1994, 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, 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 on the water breakers in front of Bugrashov beach.

In 1995 she showed her work Iron Door Tent with Guy Bar Amoz at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.[10]

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.

Landau represented Israel at the Venice Biennale in 1997 and again in 2011.[11][12] She exhibited at Documenta X in 1997.

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".[13]

DeadSee 2005, 11:39 min

Returning to Israel during the outburst of the Second Intifada, she worked with Haaretz newspaper front pages, transforming them each day into sculptures of fruit. Her outdoor drying area was the studio's roof, where she took her replete balls-crops-growths to dry.[14][15] These balls were main part of her "The Country" Installation (2002) at the Alon Segev Gallery in Tel Aviv-Yafo.[16]

She opened "The Endless Solution" in 2004 at the Tel Aviv Museum.[17]

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.[18]

In 2008 she exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, project 87.

In 2008 her work Salt sails+Sugar knots was shown at Galerie Kamel Mennour, Paris.[19]


In 2012 she showed her work Caryatid at The Negev Museum of Art, Beersheva, Israel.[20] In 2015, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona featured a semi-retrospective of her work. In 2019 she showed her work Salt Years at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg.[21]

  • 2012 – Soil. Nur.sing, kamel mennour, Paris.
  • 2013 – ‘The Ram in the Thicket’ Maison Hermes in Ginza, Tokyo. Curator: Reiko Setsuda
  • 2013 – ‘ZBIB EL-ARD’ Har-El Printers & Publishers, Jaffa. Curator: Matti Harel

Permanent collections[edit]

Landau's work is included in the collections of:

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • 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. ^ "Not much lives in the Dead Sea -- but this artist's work comes out of it". PBS NewsHour. 28 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Biography" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 March 2016.
  3. ^ Sigalit Landau bio
  4. ^ "Sigalit Landau". Aicf.
  5. ^ "Interview with Christopher Landau". Interviews with Max Raskin. Retrieved 18 April 2023.
  6. ^ "Israeli Artist Breathes Life Into the Dead Sea by Sculpting With Its Salt". Haaretz. 5 September 2018.
  7. ^ "Israelische Künstlerin in Salzburg - Salt Years". Deutschlandfunk.
  8. ^ Judah, Hettie (27 July 2016). "An Artist's Salt Crystal Gown, Created Deep Under the Dead Sea". The New York Times – via
  9. ^ Salt Bride: Black dress submerged in Dead Sea by artist undergoes dramatic transformation
  10. ^ Cohen, Richard I. (20 December 2012). Visualizing and Exhibiting Jewish Space and History. OUP USA. ISBN 9780199934249 – via Google Books.
  11. ^ Lagnado, Caroline (27 May 2011). "Sigalit Landau's Bridges at the Venice Biennale". The Forward.
  12. ^ Jaffe-Schagen, Judy (1 April 2016). Having and Belonging: Homes and Museums in Israel. Berghahn Books. ISBN 9781785331350 – via Google Books.
  13. ^ "Frieze Magazine, review: Sigalit Landau". Archived from the original on 24 August 2014.
  14. ^ "Material Girl". Haaretz. 29 August 2002.
  15. ^ "The Arts : Making Circles". Hadassah Magazine. 2 June 2008.
  16. ^ "Looking for a Different Wow". Haaretz. 27 May 2011.
  17. ^ "Tel Aviv Museum of Art".
  18. ^ Harris, Jonathan (31 March 2011). Globalization and Contemporary Art. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9781444396997 – via Google Books.
  19. ^ "Sigalit Landau, Souvenirs amers de la Mer Morte". Photographie Contemporaine.
  20. ^ Halperin, Renana (11 October 2012). "The Lowdown on the Season's High Art Shows". Haaretz.
  21. ^ Nachrichten, Salzburger (5 July 2019). "Museum der Moderne: Aus dem Toten Meer taucht Erinnerung auf".
  22. ^ "Sigalit Landau | MoMA". The Museum of Modern Art.
  23. ^ "Barbed Hula | Centre Pompidou".
  24. ^ "Nir".
  25. ^ "Sigalit Landau". Magasin III.
  26. ^ "Sigalit Landau, "DeadSee," 2005".
  28. ^ "Tiroche DeLeon Collection - Landau, Sigalit b.1969 / Phoenician Sand Dance".

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