Nahum Tevet (1946, IL) was the most extreme of the Israeli Minimalists in the mid-1970s. He sees
creativity as a process based on a system of abstentions and reductions; the aim of the creative process being to impart the essence of the plastic medium. However, at least two qualities in his work break the rules of Minimalism: the lyric quality of his color and line, and the frequent resemblance of his works to real objects, likes tables or beds.
1946 – Born in Kibbutz Messilot, Israel
1969-70 – Studied painting with painter Raffi Lavie
since 1973 – Lives and works in Tel Aviv
1980-2013 – Professor at the Fine Art Department, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem
2001-2010 – Head of the Master’s Degree Program in Fine Art, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design
Selected Solo Exhibitions and Projects
2018 Kristof De Clercq gallery, Ghent, Belgium
2017 Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany (with Efrat Natan)
2017 Muzeum Sztuki Lodz, “Nahum Tevet: Works on Glass 1972–1975”, curated by Thierry de Duve.
2016 Bertha and Karl Leubsdorf Gallery, Hunter College, New York, NY, “Nahum Tevet: Works on Glass 1972– 1975”, curated by Thierry de Duve
2015 Kunstmuseum Bochum (Germany) and Ein Harod Museum of Art (Israel), “The Rough law of Gardens –
Nahum Tevet & Olaf Holzappel“, curated by Hans Gunter Golinnski and Galia Bar Or
2014 Loushy Art & Projects, Tel Aviv, “House Tables“
2013 Gallery Giacomo Guidi, Milan, “Nahum Tevet - Islands, Works 2010-2013”
2012 Hezi Cohen Gallery, Tel Aviv, “Gregor Schneider & Nahum Tevet: Pension”, curated by Ory Dessau
Tel Aviv University Art Gallery, “Walking on The Wall, Nahum Tevet Small Sculptures, 1980-2012”, curated by Sarit Shapira
2011 Foksal Gallery, Warsaw, “Diver“
2010 Lodz Biennale, “At the Same Time, Two-Room Installation”
2009 Permanent installation, International Bank head office building, Tel Aviv, “Ursa Major with Chairs and Boats“
Volume! Foundation, Rome, “Installation for Four Rooms“, curated by Claudia Gioia
2008 Herzliya Museum for Contemporary Art, ”Several Things,” curated by Dalia Levin
Museo d’arte Contemporanea Roma (MACRO), “Nahum Tevet”, curated by Danilo Eccher
2007 The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, “Nahum Tevet: Works, 1994-2006”, curated by Sarit Shapira
2005 Le Quartier, Center for Contemporary Art, Quimper, France, “Nahum Tevet: Take Two”, curated by Dominique Abensour
2004 Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA), Dundee, Scotland, “Nahum Tevet: Seven Walks“, curated by Katrina Brown
1998 Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv, “A Page from a Catalogue and Other Works”
1997 Museum of Modern Art, Ludwig Foundation, Vienna, “Opening Moves, Nahum Tevet Sc
Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 James Cohan Gallery, New York, “Nahum Tevet, Richard Long, Alan Saret”
2015 Tel Aviv Museum of Art, “The Museum Presents Itself 2: Israeli Art from the Museum Collection”, curated by Ellen Ginton
2014 Tel Aviv Museum of Art, “In Conversations”, curated by Suzan Landau
2012 Hezi Cohen Gallery, Tel Aviv, “Pension: Gregor Schneider & Nahum Tevet,” curated by Ory Dessau
2011 The Herzliya Biennale of contemporary Art, curated by Ory Dessau
2010 The Lodz Biennale, Poland
2008 Brussels Biennale ”Once is nothing”, curated by Charles Esche and Maria Hlavajova
2006 Palazzo Reale, Milan, “Israel: Art and Life”
2005 Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, “The New Hebrews”
2004 Museo d’arte Contemporanea Roma (MACRO), Rome, “The Mediterraneans”, curated by Danilo Eccher
2003 The Venice Biennale, “Question Five“, installation in the exhibition “Individual Systems”, curated by Igor Zabel
2001 The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, “Love at First Sight: Arturo Schwarz Collection of Israeli Art,”, curated by Amitai Mendelson
2000 Kunstverein Heidelberg, “Zimzum: Contemporary Art from Israel”, curated by Hans Gercke
Louisiana Museum, Humlebæk, Denmark, “Vision and Reality: Conceptions of the 20th Century,”, curated by Kjeld Kjelsen
1999 Carnegie International 99/00, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, curated by Madeleine Grynsztejn
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, “Not To Be Looked At”, curated by Sarit Shapira
1997 Fourth Biennial of Contemporary Art, Lyon, curated by Harald Szeeman
Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen; “Selection from the Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall
Collections,” curated by Annette Osterby and Amy Simon
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, “The Seventies in Israeli Art: The Boundaries of Language”
1996 Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthaal, and Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö, “Untitled (1995-96)”, installation in the exhibition “Painting in the
Extended Field”, curated bt David Neuman and Bo Nilsson
1994 The 22nd Biennial of São Paulo, Israeli section, curated by Sarit Shapira
1990 The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, “Life Size: A Sense of the Real in Recent Art”, curated bt Suzanne Landau
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, “On Paper/In Paper/With Paper”, curated by Meira Perry Lehmann
1988 Luigi Pecci Museum of Contemporary Art, Prato, Italy, “Spaces ’88”, curated by Amnon Barzel
1987 Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Columbia University, Sonnabend Gallery and Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, “Similia/ Dissimilia”, curated by Rainer Crone
Documenta 8, Kassel, curated by Manfred Schneckenburger
1986 Tel Aviv Museum of Art, “The Want of Matter: A Quality in Israeli Art”, curated by Sarah Breitberg-Semel
1981 Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, “Black”
1980 Biennale de Paris
1979 Brooklyn Museum, New York, “Seven Artists from Israel, 1948-1978”, curated by Maurice Tuchman and Stephanie Barron
1978 Uri and Rami Nechushtan Museum, Kibbutz Ashdot Yaakov Meuchad, “Location/Direction ‘78”
1977 Los Angeles County Museum, “Seven Artists from Israel, 1948-1978”, curated by Maurice Tuchman and Stephanie Barron
Louisiana Museum, Humlebæk, Denmark, “10 Artists from Israel”, curated by Yona Fischer
1974 The Kibbutz Gallery, Tel Aviv, “Five Young Artists”
1971 The Artists’ House, Tel Aviv, “New Faces”, curated by Raffi Lavie
2013 The EMET Prize for Art, Science and Culture, The office of The Prime Minister of Israel & A.M.N Foundation
2011 Dizengoff Prize for Painting and Sculpture, Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality
2007 Minister of Culture and Science Prize for Life Achievement in Art
1986 Sandberg Prize for an Israeli Artist, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
1984 Israel Discount Bank Prize for an Israeli Artist, Tel Aviv Museum
– Philadelphia Museum of Art
– Museum of Modern Art, MOMA , New York
– Portland Art Museum,Portland.
– Museum of Modern Art, Ludwig Foundation,MUMOK, Wien.
– Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, Germany.
– Kunsthalle Mannheim, Germany.
– Glaskasten Sculpture Museum, Marl, Germany
– Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall
– FRAC Bretagne, France
– Robert Rauschenberg Collection, New York
– The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
– Tel Aviv Museum of Art
– Haifa Museum of Art
– Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art.
– Giuliano Gori Collection, Fattoria di Celle, Pistoia, Italy
– Leo Katz Collection, Boguta, Colombia.
– Ygaal Ahuvi Collection, Tel Aviv.
– Genny and Selmo Nissenbaum Collection, New York.
And private collections in Israel and abroad.