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Mordechai Ardon

July 9, 2010

Tochow, Poland, 1896 – Jerusalem, Israel, 1992
“That is the problem. The ´Thou´ does not play any part in modern art. Artists are suns
revolving on their own axes, surrounded by a wealth of moons with their faces turned
towards them…” – Mordechai Ardon

The renowned and influential artist, Mordechai Ardon, grew up in an Orthodox family in Poland. Ardon traveled to Berlin in 1919 where he briefly considered a career in acting, but soon found his true calling as a painter. He studied art at the Bauhaus School under Klee, Kandinsky, Feininger and Itten after which he studied with Max Doerner at the Munich Academy. He immigrated to Israel in 1933 where he became a professor at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design and worked to develop a style that was unique to
Israel. For twelve years Ardon was director of Bezalel after which he was the artistic advisor to the Ministry of Education for nine years. Ardon´s bright abstract works draw on ancient Jewish letters, texts and Kabbalah. His work is notably Modern while still original and connected to Eretz Yisroel. His works are included in the collections of various museums around the world such as the Israel Museum, the Tate Gallery in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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