Philip Rantzer


The proposed installation Europe consisted of a stage with a sculpture of a black-bearded man dressed in a t-shirt and a pair of sport shoes. The figure reclines on a rest bench on which a text is written in the Romanian language.

The image exhibited consists of a kind of fiction, presenting the European continent (reminiscent of other visual/historical presentations like Romus and Romulus and their presentation of Rome).

Visitors will be invited to participate, comment and analyze the work by stepping up to the stage and writing their comments about the sculpture on the floor.

The questions the audience will be asked are specific to the sculpture’s properties, and the audience’s subjective answers will bestow additional meaning upon the work, which has nothing, or little to do with the artist’s intention.

During the exhibition, statements and reactions to the work will be written on the stage.



b. 1956, Romania

 Immigrated to Israel in 1960, and he currently lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel. Since 1988 he is a senior lecturer at the Haifa University Art Department and since 2002 a professor and the head of the Art Department. The artistic imagination that makes it possible for Rantzer to create unique art works is the same one that tells the story of the society, the different stages in its cultural development. It is an art that watches social and cultural life, but more than that, participates in them. Since the beginning of the 80s, Rantzer has exhibited extensively in more than 40 solo exhibitions and in more than 100 group exhibitions in Israel and abroad, among them: Tefen Museum, Israel (2010) • Lacma Museum, Los Angeles (2007) • Tel Aviv Museum (solo, 2002) • Venice Biennial (1999) • Documenta 9, Kassel (1992) • Israel Museum Jerusalem (solo, 1991).