Menashe Kadishman

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Menashe Kadishman : biography

1932 –

Menashe Kadishman ( born 1932, Tel Aviv) is an Israeli sculptor and painter.

Sculptures and Public Works

United States

New York
  • ‘Suspended’, 1977, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville
  • ‘Eight Positive Trees’, 1977, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville
  • ‘The Sacrifice of Isaac’, 1985, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Norman
  • ‘Negative Tree’, 2001, Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa
  • ‘Three Discs’, 1967, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove
  • ‘Segments’, 1968, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas
  • ‘The Forest’, 1970, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas
  • ‘Om’, 1969, University of Houston, Houston


  • ‘Three Discs’, 1967, High Park, Toronto

Costa Rica

  • MADC Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, San José


  • ‘Falling Leaves’, Jewish Museum, Berlin
  • ‘Pieta’, Dominikanerkloster, Braunschweig
  • ‘Negative Trees’, 1974, Wedau Sports Park, Duisburg


  • 1960 Tension, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • 1964 Uprise,a heavy steel sculpture near the Theatre and Performing Arts Center stage. Tel Aviv
  • 1966 In Suspense, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • 1967 In Suspense, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot
  • 1967-74 The Tree Circles, Tel Aviv
  • 1975 In Suspense, University of Tel Aviv, TelAviv
  • 1975 In Suspense, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv-Yaffo
  • 1977 Circles, The Hebrew University, Har Hatsofim, Jerusalem
  • 1979 Continuum, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot
  • 1982-1985 Akedat Issac, Tel Aviv Art Museum, Tel Aviv
  • 1984 – Hill of the Sheep, The Tefen Open Museum of Israeli Art, Galilee
  • 1985 Akedat Issac, University of Tel, Tel Aviv-Yaffo
  • 1985, Trees Israel Museum Billy Rose Sculpture Art Garden, Jerusalem, Israel
  • 1989 Birth, The Open Museum of Israeli Art, Galilee
  • 1990 Trees, Rehavia, Jerusalem
  • 1990 Birth, near the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art. Herzliya
  • 1994 Motherland, Lola Beer Ebner Sculpture Garden, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv-Yaffo
  • 1995 The Family Plaza, The International School for Holocaust Studies, Yad Veshem, Jerusalem
  • 1998 Scream, Lola Beer Ebner Sculpture Garden, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv-Yaffo
  • 2004 Portrait of Shimon Finkel on the facade of Tel Aviv City Hall
  • 2006 Memorial monument for the Etzel, Haganah and Lehi underground organizations, Ramat Gan


  • ‘Prometheus’, 1986–87, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo

United Kingdom

  • Tate Britain, London (England)

Other works

  • ‘Horse’
  • ‘Motherland’
  • ‘Child and Horse’
  • ‘Kissing Birds’
  • ‘Homage to Young Couples’
  • ‘Homage to Barnett Newman’
  • ‘The Flock’
  • ‘Cracked Earth’

Sheep in Menashe Kadishman’s art

In his youth, between 1950 and 1953, Kadishman worked as a shepherd on Kibbutz Ma’ayan Baruch. This experience with nature, sheep and shepherding had a significant impact on his later artistic work and career. The first major appearance of sheep in his work was in the 1978 Venice Biennale, where Kadishman presented a flock of colored live sheep as living art. In 1995, he began painting portraits of sheep (see picture on the right), by the hundreds, and even thousands, each one different from the next. These instantly-recognizable sheep portraits soon became his artistic "trademark".


  • 1947-50 Sculpture, with Moshe Sternschuss, Avni Institute of Art and Design
  • 1954 Sculpture, with Rudi Lehman
  • 1959-60 Art, St. Martin’s School of Art, London
  • 1961 Art, Slade School, London


From 1947 to 1950, Kadishman studied with the Israeli sculptor Moshe Sternschuss at the Avni Institute of Art and Design in Tel Aviv, and in 1954 with the Israeli sculptor Rudi Lehmann in Jerusalem.

In 1959, he moved to London, where he attended the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and the Slade School of Art. During 1959 and 1960 he also studied with Anthony Caro and Reg Butler. He remained here until 1972; he had his first one-man show there in 1965 at the Grosvenor Gallery.

His sculptures of the 1960s were Minimalist in style, and so designed as to appear to defy gravity. This was achieved either through careful balance and construction, as in Suspense (1966), or by using glass and metal so that the metal appeared unsupported, as in Segments (1968). The glass allowed the environment to be part of the work.


  • 1960 the America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship.
  • 1961, the Sainsbury Scholarship, London.
  • 1967 first prize for sculpture, 5th Paris Biennale.
  • 1978 Sandberg Prize recipient
  • 1980 America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship
  • 1981 Eugene Kolb Prize for Israeli Graphic Arts, Tel Aviv Museum Prize of the Jury
  • 1981 Norwegian International Print Biennale, Fredrikstad.
  • 1984 Mendel Pundik Prize for Israeli Art, Tel Aviv Museum
  • 1990 the Dizengoff Prize for Sculpture.
  • 1995 the Israel Prize, for sculpture.
  • 2002 the Honorary Fellowship Award from the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

In 2005, he was voted the 176th-greatest Israeli of all time, in a poll by the Israeli news website Ynet to determine whom the general public considered the 200 Greatest Israelis.