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Menashe Kadishman

July 27, 2010

Tel Aviv, Israel, 1932
“I believe that art grows from feelings and not rational calculations alone.” – Menashe Kadishman

The works of Menashe Kadishman are fixated on the seminal biblical story of the Akiedah, the sacrifice of Isaac, which Kadishman has explored at length and used to touch on issues of war, pain, anguish, forgiveness, familial relationships, birth, rebirth and survival. The most frequent icon Kadishman employs is that of the ram that was sacrificed instead of Isaac. This ram often appears in Kadishman´s paintings, sculptures and installations, and it has become his identifying emblem.

Kadishman was born in Tel Aviv where he studied with sculptors Moshe Sternschuss and Rudi Lehmann before attending St. Martin´s School of Art and Slade School of Art in London.He is a renowned artist whose work has been exhibited around the world at museums including the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in the United States, Guan Shanyue Museum of Art in China and the Israel Museum.

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