Efrat Natan

Born in 1947 in kibbutz Kfar Ruppin, lives and works in Tel aviv, Israel.

From the beginning of the 1970s her work deals with issues of Israeli collective and the values of early Zionism. Natan’s work has a nostalgic dimension and an admiration for the spirit of the early Zionist Settlers, while simultaneously criticising this society and the failures and dangers resulting from any idealistic social perception.
Natan created several installations dealing with the relationship between the viewer and the work of art, while criticising Israeli militarism after the Six Day War. A notable work was the performance “Bust” in which she built a wooden statue, which she wore as a mask. The sculpture was shaped as the letter T, resembling a cross or a plane and limited her vision. Nathan wore the sculpture on the day following the IDF parade in 1973 and marched throughout Tel Aviv.
Her sculpture “Swing of the Scythe” (2002) appears in the permanent exhibition at the Israel Museum. It is composed of scythes arranged in a circle, each scythe leaning on the next in a collaborative kind of fan, while imitating the harvesting act in sculpture. The scythe related to Nathan’s childhood memories in the Kibbutz, as well as to the myth of the Pioneer – the hero of the Zionist revolution. The scythe was one of the symbols of the renewed relationship between the Jews and the land.

Education and Curatorial
1968-1971 Studied art at the Avni Institute and under Raffi Lavie
1986-2008 Curator at the Youth Wing of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Awards And Prizes
1978 Beatrice Kolliner Prize for a Young Israeli Artist, Israel Museum, Jerusalem
2000 Creative Encouragement Award, Ministry of Science, Culture and Sport
2006 Encouragement of the Arts Prize, Ministry of Science, Culture and Sport
2006 Prize for Plastic Arts, Ministry of Education
2009 Award, The Council of Art and Culture at the National Lottery
2013 Sandberg Prize for Israeli Art, Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Selected Solo Exhibitions 
2016 Efrat Natan: Whitewash and Tar, The israel museum, Jerusalem
2011 Wall Work 1: Tent, The israel museum, Jerusalem
2007 Summer in Winter, rosenfeld gallery, Tel aviv
2002 Winds, The kibbutz gallery, Tel aviv
2001 Old and New Works, gallery of david yallin college, Jerusalem
1979 Roof Work (installation), Tel aviv

Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 Behold the Man: Jesus in Israeli Art, The israel museum, Jerusalem
2015 A Brief History of Humankind—from the Collection, The israel museum, Jerusalem
2010 The Permanent Exhibition: Israeli Art, The israel museum, Jerusalem
2005 The New Hebrews: A Century of Art in Israel, martin-gropius-bau, berlin
2005 Togetherness, Tel aviv museum of art
1998 The eyes of the State—Aspects of Israeli Art in the ’70s: Visual art in a state without borders Tel aviv museum of art
1995 Five Young Artists: Reconstruction, The kibbutz gallery, Tel aviv
1974 Five Young Artists, the kibbutz gallery, Tel aviv
Sarah Gilat gallery, Jerusalem

Selected exhibition projects curated for the Youth Wing of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
2004 Sport and Art
2000 It’s About Time!
1998 Earth
1986 Big and Small