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Zadok Ben-David

Happy Days 5, 2021
Hand-painted stainless-steel flower in Perspex box.
Width 20cm x Height 25cm x Depth 13cm
Edition: Unique

Zadok Ben-David

Zadok Ben-David (1949) is an award-winning artist based in London and Portugal.

Ben-David represented his country Israel at the Venice Biennale in 1988 and participated in biennales worldwide including XXII Cerveira International Art Biennial, Portugal (2022), Breda Photo Biennial, Netherlands (2020), Krasnoyarsk Biennale, Russia (2019), Busan Biennale,
South Korea (2010); Biennale Cuvee, Austria (2009); “Wonder” Singapore Biennale,Singapore (2008) and Sculptuur Biennale, Netherlands (2007).
The artist has exhibited in various museums around the world.
Solo shows and group exhibitions include; Kröller-Müller Museum, Holland (2023),Contemporary Art Museum Maebashi, Japan (2023), Itchimbia Cultural Center, Ecuador(2022), Kew Royal Botanical Gardens, London, United Kingdom (2021), The Centro de Arte Contemporânea Graça Morais, Portugal (2019), Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, France
(2018), Kenpoku Art Festival, Japan (2016), Art Gallery of Uzbekistan and the Israel Museum(2015), National Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Astana (2014), Mysteski Arsenal,Ukraine (2012), Guangdong Art Museum, China (2007), Singapore Museum of Art,Singapore (2003), Neanderthal Museum, Germany (2000), Palais Royal, Paris, France (2000),
and Kunsteuropa, Germany (1992). Ben-David has also exhibited extensively in art galleriesacross Europe, Australia, America, Central Asia, and the Middle East, and his works are included in many public and private collections around the world.

Ben-David is the recipient of numerous awards including the Grande Biennial Prémio at the XIV.Biennale Internacional de Arte de Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal (2007) and the Tel AvivMuseum Prize for Sculpture (2005). In 2008, he was commissioned by the Beijing Olympics to create a unique installation.
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Happy Days 5, 2021, Zadok Ben David 
 
Happy Days 5, 2021 is a single flower box that has a direct link to the large-scale installation Blackfield, 2007-2009.

“I try in my work to explore human attitudes and behavior. Blackfield is an optimistic 
psychological installation presenting two extreme situations – life and death. Yet it is more about choice than fate. The flowers are intended as a metaphor, a symbol of two extreme emotional 
states – happiness and grief.”
– Zadok Ben David, 2017

“In nature, flowers also call to mind rebirth and the future, symbolising the passing of life to the 
next generation. Cherry trees in the same region tend to blossom in unison. But within a week they wither and fall. Death is an inevitable natural occurrence. All things change, wither and 
die. Only nature continuously regenerates.”
– Fumio Nanjo, 2017
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