The Passover Haggadah
  Modern Art in Dialogue with an Ancient Text
      Yaakov Agam
     
     

Yaacov Agam is an Israeli sculptor and experimental artist, who is best known for his contributions to optical and kinetic art. He was born on May 11, 1928 in Rishon LeZion, Israel to a religious family. Agam trained at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem, before moving to Z�rich and finally settling in Paris. His first solo exhibition was at the Galerie Graven in 1953, and in 1955 he established himself as one of the leading pioneers of kinetic art at the Le Mouvement exhibition at the Galerie Denise Ren�, alongside such artists as Jes�s Rafael Soto, Carlos Cruz-D�ez, Pol Bury, Alexander Calder and Jean Tinguely. Agam's work is usually abstract, kinetic art, and he frequently employs movement, viewer participation, and light and sound within his work. His best known pieces include "Double Metamorphosis III" (1965), "Visual Music Orchestration" (1989) and fountains at the La D�fense district in Paris (1975) and in Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv (1986). He is also known for a type of print known as an Agamograph, which employs lenticular printing to present radically different images, depending on the angle from which it is viewed. The lenticular technique was executed in large scale in the 30' x 30' (9.14 M x 9.14 M) "Complex Vision" (1969) which adorns the facade of the Callahan Eye Foundation Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. In 1996 Agam was awarded the Jan Amos Comenius Medal by UNESCO for the "Agam Method" for visual education of young children.


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