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Moshe Gershuni is a painter and sculptor born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1936. Gershuni’s family emigrated from Poland, and was able to save several (but not all) family members from the Nazis.
Like many Jews arriving in Israel at the time, Gershuni was greatly influenced by the cloud of World War II for the rest of his life. Gershuni said in an interview, “it was in my consciousness, it was almost the center of my consciousness, in spite of the fact that my early years included the founding of the State and the war with the Arabs, but everything was a function of that experience.”
Gershuni didn’t pursue his career in art until his father’s death in 1960 when he began night classes at the Avni Institute of Art and Design. His early sculptural work was abstract and influenced by the Pop Art scene of the 1960s. As his style progressed he began to incorporate elements of minimalism, and started using found objects in his work including tires and inner tubes.
His work turned more conceptual after this period, owing influence from American conceptual artists of the time, Vito Acconci and Bruce Nauman. In a studio interview Gershuni reflected on how the Holocaust remained a focal point, “it was in my consciousness, it was almost the center of my consciousness, in spite of the fact that my early years included the founding of the State and the war with the Arabs, but everything was a function of that experience.”
Moshe Gershuni’s work, while somewhat controversial, has had a widespread influence on Israeli art. He received the Israel Prize for art in 2003, however due to his refusal to shake the hand of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had the award subsequently revoked. In spite of this a retrospective of Gershuni’s work was put together at the Tel Aviv museum in 2010.
Lives and works in Tel Aviv.
1936 Born in Tel Aviv, Israel
1960-64 Studied at the Avni Art Institute, Tel Aviv
1972-77 Teacher at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem
1978-86 Teacher at the Art Teachers Training College, Ramat Hasharon
1969 Aika Brown Prize, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
1982 The Sandburg Prize, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
1988 Minister of Culture Award for Painting and Sculpture
1989 Eugen Kolb Prize for Isaeli Graphic Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art
2003 The Israel Prize
Selected Solo Exhibitions:
1966 Isael Museum, Jerusalem
1980 Tel Aviv Museum of Art
1982 Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf
1983 Art Museum, Munster, Germany
1984 Jerusalem Print Workshop; I.C.A., Boston, U.S.A.
1986 Israel Museum, Jerusalem
1988 “Thirteen Etchings for Poems by C.N. Bailik,” Tel Aviv Museum of Art
1990 Tel Aviv Museum of Art
1993 Prints, Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat Gan
1997 Jerusalem Print Workshop
1998 Artists’ Studios Gallery, Tel Aviv
1999 Israel Museum, Jerusalem; Centrum Yudaicum, Berlin