Yaacov Agam

Born 1928


Early 1940s   Trains at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem.

1949   Moves to Zürich, Switzerland to study under the guidance of Johannes Itten at the Kunstgewerbe Schule.

1951   Moves to Paris.

1953   First solo exhibition at the Galerie Graven.

1954   Exhibits three works at the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles.

1955   Establishes himself as a pioneer of kinetic art at the Le Mouvement exhibition at the Galerie Denise René with Jesús Rafael Soto, Carlos Cruz-Díez, and Alexander Calder.

1964   Writes his artistic credo, stating his intention “to show what can be seen within the limits of possibility which exists in the midst of coming into being.”

1972   Retrospective exhibition in Paris at the Musée National d’ Art Moderne.

1980   Retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum.

1996   Is awarded the Jan Amos Comenius Medal by UNESCO for visual education of young children.

1999   Designs the winners’ trophy for the Eurovision Song Contest of this year, held in Jerusalem.

2009   Creates a monument for the World Games in Kaohsiung, Taiwan: “Peaceful Communication with the World.”