Gideon Gechtman was a center pillar to Israeli art and one of Chelouche Gallery’s artists for over two decades. With rare integrity, he paved an innovative conceptual path in which he went uncompromising. His artistic language influenced and still influencing generations of artists. His creation dealt consistently and persistently with death, memory and perpetuation.
His most recent and last work “Launching Apparatus” was exhibited at Chelouche Gallery in September – October 2008, a show that was chosen by Art Asia Pacific Magazine among the ten most significant exhibitions in the world for 2008.
1975-1976 Tel Aviv University, history of Art and Philosophy
1968-1971 Hammersmith College of Art, London, England ( sculpture)
1962-1963 Ealing School of Art , London, England (Painting)
1961-1962 Avni Institute for Art, Tel- Aviv ( Painting )
1999-2008 Planner, Zeisler & Gechtman Architects, Rishon Le zion, Israel.
Coordinator of sculpture studies at the Teachers Trainning College
1976-1999 Teacher, Training College Ministry of Education, Beit Berl, Israel, sculpture
1972-1975 Lecturer, Bezalel Academy of Arts, Jerusalem, sculpture
Selected One-Person Exhibitions
2019 Life Textures, Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv, Curator: Nira Itzhaki
2013 Gideon Gechtman, 1942 – 2008, A Retrospective Exhibition, the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Curator: Aya Miron
2012 Butterflies & Pyramids, Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv, Curator: Nira Itzhaki
2008 Launching Apparatus, Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv
2007 Initial Concept, Petach-Tikva Museum of Art
Dead Line, Beit Kanner Municipal Gallery, Rishon L’ezion
2003 Hedva, Gideon and all the Rest, Artists House, Tel Aviv
Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa
2001 Etude, Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Infinite Regress , Wiensowski & Harbord , Berlin
1999 Yotam, Herzeliya Museum, Israel
1996 Works, Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
1992 Echo, Bograshov Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
1988 Preparation for Mausoleum No.1, Artists Studios Workshops, Jerusalem, Israel
1985 Mitot, Kibbutz Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
1984 Naomi Giveon Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
1973 Exposure, Yodfat Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 Four Installations, Municipal Art Gallery Rishon Lezion, Curator: Efi Gen, Second Curator: Adi Angel
2019 Chronicles – Haaretz in Israeli Art, Minus 1 Gallery, TLV
2019 Nurse,Nurse, main exhibition at The 11th Manofim JRS Art Festival, Curators: Rinat Edelstein and Lee He Shulov
2019 Fake News – Fake Truth, Haifa Museum of Art, Curator: Svetlana Reingold
2013 The Dead or Alive Gallery, City Gallery Kfar Saba. Curator: Ilana Tenenbaum
Portraits, Oranim Academic College, Qiryat Tiv’on. Curator: Prof. David Wakstein
Vestige, Artists’ Studios, Art Cube Gallery, Jerusalem. Curator: Avi Lubin
2012 Like a Betterfy to a Fire- Traces of Reality, Kfar-Saba City Gallery. Curator: Orit Lotringer
Accelerating Toward Apocalypse, Art from the Doron Sabag’s collection, ORS Inc. Curator: Tal Yahas
Spring 2012, The Middle East Center for the Arts (MECA), NJ
2008 Check-Post, Art in Israel in the 1980s, Haifa Museum of Art
My Own Body, Art in Israel 1968-1978, Tel Aviv Museum of Art
2007 Winners of the Ministry of Sience Culture and Sport Prize for Art and Design
2006, Petach-Tikva Museum of Art, Petach-Tikva
2006 Mini Israel, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Illness Report, Gallery of Ben Gurion University, Beer Sheva
2005 Transpositions, Petach Tikva Museum of Art
The Holocaust in the Visual Arts after World War 2, Yad Vashem Museum, Jerusalem
Team Work, Kalisher College of Art and Technology
Uncertainty, Chelouche Gallery, Tel- Aviv, Israel
2004 Rose C’est La Vie: On Flowers in Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art
The Puppet Show, Time for Art Gallery, Tel Aviv
Art Forum Berlin 2004, Berlin
2003 Surface Talk, Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv
Israeli Object: a Matter of Time, Artist’ House, Jerusalem
Second Triannale for Installation, Haifa museum of art, Israel.
2002 Local cross section, Ministry of science, culture & sports, Tel Aviv
Art-Forum Berlin 2002, Berlin
2001 Summer Profile, Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv
The Collection, The Museum Moderner Kunst , Wien
Novalog 2001, Tel Aviv Berlin New media experience, Kalisher Gallery Tel- Aviv, Staatsbank, Berlin
Markers, an outdoor Banner Event of artists and poets Venice 2001.
2000 Construction in Process, This Earth is a Flower, Bydgoszcz Poland
Le republiche dell’arte, Palzzo Delle Papesse centra Arte Contemporanea, Siena, Italy.
Collaboration Gideon Gechtman & Gal Weinstein, ORANIM, the Vera’ Silvia and Arturo Schwarz Collection of Contemporary Art, Tel- Aviv Museum of Art
Collection, Chelouche Gallery, Tel Aviv
1999 Sarajevo-2000, Museum Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Wien
La Casa, Il Corpo, Il Cuore, Museum Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Wien
After Rabin – New Art from Israel, The Jewish Museum New York
1998 International Passage, Gideon Gechtman, Bertrand Lavier, Haim Steinbach, Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Out of Action: Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, California U.S.A.
Tikkun Aspecst in Israeli Art of the 70’s, Tel Aviv University Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Perspectives on Israeli Art of the 70’s, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
1997 Fantasy, Herzelya Museum of Art, Herzelya, Israel
Another Language, Haifa Museum of Art, Israel
1994 Burnt Whole, W.P.A Washington, U.S.A.
1993 Makom, Museum Moderner Kunst, Wien, Austria
Antipathos, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
1992 The second Biennale of Sculpture, Ein Hod, Israel
1991 Perspective Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
1990 Life Size, Israel Museum, Israel
1988 40 from Israel, Brooklyn Museum, New York
1978 Artist-Society-Artist, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel
1975 Open Workshop Israel Museum, Jerusalem
1970 Young Contemporaries Royal Academy, London
2006 Special project grant – Israeli lottery “Mifal HaPayiss”
2006 Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports award for life-long achievements
2001 Artist Residency Program witting the Elizabeth Foundation Artist for Arts studio centre
(EFASR) in NYC.
Ministry of Culture, Foreign Ministry and the New York Israel Cultural Cooperation (NYICCC).
Haifa Museum award for Art founded by the APTOWITZER foundation for Haifa.
1999 The George and Janet Jeffin Prize, American Israel Cultural Foundation
1997 Israel Museum, Jerusalem- the Israel Discount Bank Prize for an Israeli Artist , Israel
1995 Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Prize for Israeli Artist,Israel
1993 Minister of Arts and Science Prize, Israel.
1990 Ministry of Education and Culture Prize, Israel.
1990 The Histadrut Prize for painting and sculpture, Israel.
1970 “Young Contemporaries”, London
1. Gideon Gechtman, Works, 1971- 1986
exhibition catalogue, Tel Aviv Stavit Edition, 1986
2. Gideon Gechtman, Kav No. 9, Interview with Moshe Ninio and Ury Hass (January 1989)
Makom : Zeitgenossische Kunst ous Israel.
3. Exhibition catalouge Vienna Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig 1993.
4. Out of Action between performance and the object 1949-1979,
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles , Thames And Hudson with essays by Kristin Stiles, Guy Brett, Huber Klocker , Shinichira Osaki , Paul Schimmel
5. Tikkun, Perspectives on Israeli Art of the Seventies, The Genia Schreiber University Gallery, Tel Aviv University catalogue, with essay by Mordechi Omer.
Chelouche Gallery is one of the most prominent and leading galleries in Israel. Located in Tel Aviv, Chelouche Gallery maintains its primacy by presenting a large variety of works, ranging from video art to sculpture, painting, installation and photography. Since its inception, the gallery has been promoting an international and local exhibition program, in collaboration with curators and artists from Israel and around the world, placing itself one step ahead in the Israeli contemporary art scene.