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Igael Tumarkin

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Igael Tumarkin is an Israeli painter and sculptor.

Peter Martin Gregor Heinrich Hellberg (later Igael Tumarkin) was born in Dresden, Germany. His father, Martin Hellberg, was a German theater actor and director. His mother, Berta Gurevitch and his stepfather, Herzl Tumarkin, immigrated to Mandate Palestine when he was two. Tumarkin served in the Israeli Sea Corps. After completing his military service, he studied sculpture in Ein Hod, a village of artists near Mount Carmel.

Igael Tumarkin is famous for the memorial sculpture of the Holocaust in the central square of Tel Aviv (Rabin Square), and for some sculptures situated in the Negev. Tumarkin is also a theoretician and stage designer.


The 1950s found Tumarkin in East Berlin, Amsterdam, and Paris. Upon his return to Israel in 1961, he became a driving force behind the break from the charismatic monopoly of lyric abstraction there. Tumarkin created assemblages of found objects, generally with violent Expressionist undertones and decidedly unlyrical color. His determination to "be different" influenced his younger Israeli colleagues. The furor generated around Igael Tumarkin's works, such as the old pair of trousers stuck to one of his pictures, intensified the mystique surrounding him.




Born October 23, in Dresden, Germany


Emigrated to Palestine, Israel


Military service in the Israeli Army


Worked in the studio of sculptor Rudi Lehmann


Moved to Berlin, Germany, and joined Bertolt Brecht's Berliner Ensemble as a set designer and produced his first iron sculptures


Worked as an assistant to the designer Karl von Appen


Moved back to Israel


First Prize for Memoria of "Choulikat"


Trips to Europe, USA, Africa, and Australia


Sandberg Prize, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

First Prize for Memorial to Sailors, haifa


First Prize for Memorial for "Holocaust and Resurrection," Tel Aviv


Traveled to India, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Tu nisia, morocco, Senegal, Mali, Upper Volta, Mexico, Peru, and other places


Awarded Israel Prize Laureate



1954 – Studied with Rudi Lehmann, Ein-Hod

1955 Studied with Bertolt Brecht, Berliner Ensemble, Berlin

1955-57 Assistant to the designer Karl von Appen


Awards and Recognition

1963 First Prize for Battle of Hulaykat Monument

1968 The Sandberg Prize for Israeli Art, Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel

1968 First Prize for Memorial to Sailors, Haifa

1971 First Prize for Memorial for "Holocaust and Revival", Tel Aviv

1978 First Prize in the Biennale for Drawing, Reike

1984 Award from the President of the Italian Republic

1985 Dizengoff Prize for Sculpture

1990 Guest of the Japan Foundation

1992 August Rodin Prize, The International Sculpture Competition of the Open Museum, Hakone, Japan, for his sculpture of the sign at the entrance to Auschwitz concentration camp Arbeit Macht Frei.

1997 Award of Excellence, the President of the Federal Republic of Germany

1998 Sussman Prize, Vienna

2004 Israel Prize for sculpture


Outdoor and Public Art

1962-68 "Panorama", concrete and steel, Arad, Israel

1962-69 "Age of Science", concrete and steel, Dimona

1963 "Vibrations A & B", concrete, Kiryat Yam and "Window to the Sea", concrete, Atlit

1964-65 "Monument for the Holocaust", concrete and steel, Nazareth

1966 "Peace Memorial", Hebron Road, Jerusalem

1968 "Big Chief", tank assemblage painted, Kiryat Shmona

1969-71 "War and Peace", steel and stone, Ramat-Gan

1970 "Keystone Gate", painted steel, Jerusalem

1970 "Homage to Dürer, painted steel, Haifa

1971 "Homage to Jerusalem", Givat Shapira

1971 Sculpture Garden, 61 Weizmann Street, Holon

1971-75 "Monument to the Holocaust and Revival", corten and glass, Tel Aviv

1972 "Happenings and Homage to Kepler", concrete and painted steel, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv; "Sundial Garden", concrete, Ashkelon; and "Monument to the Fallen", concrete painted white and steel, Jordan Valley

1972-73 "Airport Monument", painted steel, Lod

1973 "Challenge to the Sun", Ramot Alon, Jerusalem

1986 "Chichen Itzma", Kiryat Menahem, Jerusalem

1986 Pisgat Zeev, Jerusalem

1989 Homage to Robert Capa, Pozoblanco, Spain

1989 La Liberte, Bordeaux, France

1991 Bertolt Brecht, Berlin Museum Garden

1992 "Jerusalem – Three Faiths", Mount Scopus, Jerusalem

1993 Semaphore, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot

1993 My Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Hakone Open Air Museum, Japan

1994–96 The Sculpture Garden of Belvoir (Kochav HaYarden)

1997 Memorial for Yitzhak Rabin, Ramat Gan Museum

2000 Abu Nabut Garden, Jaffa




"Igael Tumarkin: 50 years of Mastery," Sissman Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel (solo)


"Out, Still & Kicking," Givon Art Gallery Ltd., Tel Aviv, Israel


"Israeli Contemporary Art Print Exhibition," Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, Korea


The Isreal Museum, Jeruselem, Israel (solo)


"Igael Tumarkin," The Hakone Open-Air Museum, Hakone, Japan (solo)


"Tumarkin: Pesalim, 1957-1992," Muze'on Tel Aviv le-omanut, Tel Aviv, Israel (solo)


"Tumarkin"Sara Gilat Gallery, Jerusalem, Israel (solo)


Kunstverein Springhornhof, Neuenkirchen, Germany (solo)


"Igael Tumarkin, Skupturen, Zeichnungen, Grafik," Das Museum, Marl, Germany (solo)


"Earth, Five Variations on a Theme: I. Tumarkin," The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel (solo)