Yaacov AGAM

Emblematic figure of the kinetic art

“I went in search of the first gesture of the first expression of humanity”. Yaacov Agam.

The Israeli visual artist Yaacov Agam, whose real name is Yaacov Gipstein, was born in Rishon LeZion in 1928. He is an emblematic figure of the kinetic art.

The fourth dimension

Exhibiting alongside Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, Victor Vasarely, Pol Bury, Jesus-Rafael Soto and Jean Tinguely in the 1950s, he enjoyed even greater success in the 1970s, creating, among other things, the anteroom of Georges Pompidou’s private apartments at the Élysée Palace.

The kinetic art of Agam precipitates the painting in the movement. Agam calls “the fourth dimension” the new notion that introduces time and movement into art, a dimension that the artist wants to be spiritual and conceptual.

His works obtain their effect by the displacement of the spectator in relation to the work. Through perforations and openings, the color and form change constantly, depending on the position of the viewer. Whether he is creating paintings, sculptures or public monuments, he relies on geometric patterns to produce effects that vary according to the angle of view.