After studying art in Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Florence and Paris, in the 1960s, Dani Karavan started working on theater, ballet and opera decors. Thereafter, he became interested in environmental sculpture. The Monument of the Néguev (1963-1968) is one of the first emblematic creations of the artist, which success brought numerous commissions for site-specific sculptures around the world. In 1976, he represented Israel at the Biennale of Venice and participated in the Documenta of Kassel in 1977. The same year he was granted the Israel Price. Taking part in the debate on Public Art, the gallery presented a first exhibition in 1986 entitled Question d’urbanité, along with Gérard Singer and Jean-Pierre Raynaud. The artist showed models and drawings of his Axe Majeur, a 3km-long sculpture installed near Paris on which he started working in 1980. In 1998, he was awarded the Praemium Imperiale Tokyoprice and the gallery presented his work again in 1999 and 2005.
Dani Karavan’s work draws its material from natural elements as diverse as sand, wood, water, wind, trees, and light. His creations are profoundly humanist in character. Each installation has a resonance with the memories of its specific site, true medium of the artist, and is mainly conceived as a place of life, reflection and communion with Nature. From Israel to Japan, from the United States to Korea, from France to Italy, each of the artist’s works invites those who walk through it to experience the essenceof the site itself.
Recently, Dani Karavan started working on smaller sculptures, which he calls his chamber music works. For these new works, the artist uses an innovative technique with concrete made of raw brick. The production of these sculptures, invoking the earthen villages of his childhood and remains from Canaanite and Israelite constructions more than 2000 years old, is supported by the gallery. They have been presented twice: in a solo show of Karavan at the Museum of Modern Art of Céret (South of France) and in the exhibition Quinte-Essence – air-water-earth-fire-ether, celebrating the gallery’s 90thAnniversary in 2015.
In 2017 a work by Dani Karavan is presented at the exhibition Kairos Castle at Gaasbeek Castle in Belgium, with Dutch philosopher and author Joke Hermsen as curator. The artist is also presented on the occasion of the exhibition Passion de l’Art – Galerie Jeanne Bucher Jaeger depuis 1925, first retrospective devoted to the gallery’s history, at Musée Granet in Aix-en-Provence.
In 2018, a work by Dani Karavan is presented at the gallery for the exhibition Dessins de Sculpteurs.
The same year, the gallery showcased a new tribute to Dani Karavan, with the solo show entitled ADAMA, (« Earth » in Hebrew), where all the artist’s latest sculptures were presented, as well as his raw brick bas-reliefs.