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Micha Ullman, Israeli, born in 1939.
Micha Ullman was born in Tel Aviv. In 1953-1957, he studied at Kfar Hayarok agricultural school. After his military service, he joined the Nahal group at Kibbutz Erez. In 1960-1964, he studied at Bezalel Art School. In 1966, after a year of study in London, he worked as a graphic artist and illustrator for Maariv newspaper. In the 1970s, he worked as an art instructor at Bezalel. In 1978, he was dismissed due to his involvement in a "students revolt" at the school. He lives and works in Ramat Hasharon.
In the 1970s, Ullman created works using earth and initiated art projects influenced by American conceptual art and social-ecological ideas. Many of his early sculptural work involved digging in the ground. In 1972, for example, he created "Exchange of Earth" in which he dug pits, with the help of local children at Kibbutz Metzer and the neighboring Arab village of Meser, and switched the earth between them. Over the course of the 1970s, his work began to focus increasingly on human structures.
In the 1980s, the house became a central motif. In 1980, he showed "The Third Watch: Trenches, Earth and Concrete" in the Israeli pavilion at the Venice Biennale. He dug trenches in the floor in which he placed chair-like earthen structures. "Havdalah" (1988) and "Yesod" (1989) feature building-like constructions that are upside down or buried.
From the 1990s, Ullman began to explore elements of time and history, and especially the Holocaust. His holes and constructions accentuated the emptiness of human structures. In "Library" (1995), for example, at Bebelplatz Square in Berlin, Ullman created an underground library of empty white shelves. .
1960-64 Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem
1965 Central School of Arts and Crafts, London, England, etching
1970-78 Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, drawing, basic design and etching
1976 Guest lecturer at Fine Arts Academy, Dusseldorf, Germany
1979 Haifa University, Professor of basic design, drawing, three dimensional design
1979-89 Faculty of Architecture, Technion, Haifa
1991 State Academy of Fine Arts, Stuttgart, Germany, Professor of Sculpture
Awards And Prizes
1963 Sonneborn Prize, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem
1972 Beatrice Kolliner Prize for a Young Israeli Artist, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
1980 Sandberg Prize for Israeli Art, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
1985 The Mendel and Eva Pundik Foundation Prize for an Israeli Artist, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
1989 Annual Scholarship, DAAD, (German Academic Exchange Service - Deutscher Akademischer Austasch Dienst) Berlin, Germany
1995 Kate Kollwitz Prize, Art Academy (Akademie der Kunste), Berlin, Germany
1996 Sussman Prize for Artists Depicting the Holocaust, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem
1996 Member of the Akademie der Kunste (Art Academy), Berlin, Germany
1997 Prize from the Society of International Culture and Peace, Amman, Jordan
1998 George and Janet Jaffin Prize for Excellence in Plastic Arts, America-Israel Cultural Foundation
2004 Honorary Ph.D, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem
2005 Hans-Thoma-Preis, Staatspreis des Landes (National Prize of the Land of ) Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
2009 Prize for Sculpture, Ministry of Education and Culture
2010 Gerhard-Altenbourg Preis, Lindenbaum Museum, Altenbourg, Germany
2011 Moses Mendelssohn Preis des Landes (National Prize), Berlin, Germany
2000 Gamzu Prize, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv
2000 Aptowitzer Foundation Award for Distinguished Achievement in Contemporary Creative Arts, Haifa Museum of Art