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"Poetry does not impose itself, it exposes itself"

- Paul Celan

A world where poetry dialogues with painting: this is what Samuel Ackerman aims to convey to those who contemplate his works. With over thirty oils and gouaches exhibited at Galerie Schwab Beaubourg, it's the world unfolding in Ackerman's art, a world where the various facets of human life are subtly revealed, a world that becomes populated as the artist progresses in his creation. His work oscillates between fascinating complexity and a universe inspired by Malevitch. His creativity draws from his roots and is nourished by various influences. He paints landscapes of the Holy Land with Jewish mysticism, as well as Parisian landscapes and self-portraits reflecting the turmoil of our time.

Born in 1951 in Mukachevo (Ukraine), on the border between Slovakia and Hungary, into a family of Holocaust survivors, Samuel Ackerman graduated from the Academy of Monumental Art in Uzhgorod, a place open to Western culture. Among his youthful influences are the customs of the Roma and Hutsuls, a mountainous people sung by Sergei Parajanov, the Jewish traditions of Central Europe, and Ukrainian folk art.

After completing his military service as a painter and creating a museum for his division, he worked at the Mukachevo Drama Theatre as a set designer. At the age of 22, he emigrated to Israel with his parents and brother.

In 1976, with Mikhail Grobman and Avraham Ofek, he founded the Leviathan group. This group aimed to establish a new Israeli avant-garde, expressing an Israeli Jewish existential identity through Jewish mysticism and the connection with the land of Israel, while allowing each member to find their own formal translation.

In 1984, he moved to Paris with his wife and daughter. His second daughter was born in Paris. The Parisian period gave him the opportunity to reconsider several of his formative influences, such as Russian avant-garde, particularly Malevitch and Khlebnikov, while immersing himself in the world of Dada and the École de Paris. The poetry of Paul Celan inspires him to create works imbued with tragedy, as well as more recent disasters such as the Notre-Dame fire and the war in Ukraine.

Samuel Ackerman has been exhibiting since 1970 in Ukraine, Israel, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Hungary, France, the Netherlands, and Belgium. His works are included in collections at institutions such as the Israel Museum (Jerusalem), Haifa Museum, National Museum of Ukraine (Kiev), and Shevchenko Museum (Kiev).

Expositions personnelles

1976 - Galerie Alexandrowicz, Tel-Aviv, Israël

1983 - "The Hive of Scrolls", The Artist House, Jérusalem, Israël

1984 - "Parable of Ties", Galerie Loeb, Berne, Suisse

1986 - "Entelechie", Galerie Jean-Claude Marcadé, Paris, France

1989 - "Pictural organisms", Galerie Anita Farber, Wiesbaden, Allemagne

1991 - Bibliothèque Nationale des Langues Étrangères, Moscou, Russie

1992 - "The roots of Time", Bibliothèque Nationale de Russie, Saint-Pétersbourg, Russie

1995 - Musée Nationale de l'Art Ukrainien, Kiev, Ukraine

2000 - "Shadow of Ashes", Contemporary Art Center, Kiev, Ukraine

2000 - "Meridian of Heart. In memoriam of Paul Celan", Le Musée de l'Art Ukrainien, Czernowitz, Ukraine

2005 - "Ombres éveillées", Galerie Art et Littérature, Paris, France

2008 - "Les Habits de la Terre", Galerie Le Minotaure, Paris, France

2018 - "Le Blanc pur", Art 14 Gallery, Kiev, Ukraine

2022 - "La Cène de Kazimir", Galerie Le Minotaure, Paris, France

Expositions collectives

1986 - Salon des Beaux-Arts, Le Grand Palais, Paris, France

1990 - "Chagall to Kitaj", Barbican Art Center, Londres, Angleterre

1993 - "Trois artistes", ARECI, La Rochelle, France

2005 - "Artistes russes non-conformistes aujourd'hui", Château-musée Grimaldi, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France

2008 - "Volonté de l'immense", Musée de l'Art Russe, Kiev, Ukraine

2009 - "Phase Zéro. 96 propositions spatiales", Galerie Serge Aboukrat, Paris, France

2012 - "Inspired by Velimir. Khlebnikov and the contemporary art." State Public Library of the Don region, Rostov-sur-le-Don, Russie

Samuel Ackerman expose depuis 1970 en Ukraine, Israël, Suisse, Allemagne, Russie, Hongrie, France, Pays-Bas, Belgique. Ses œuvres figurent entre autres parmi les collections du musée d’Israël (Jérusalem), du musée de Haïfa, du Musée national de l’Ukraine (Kiev) et du musée Chevtchenko (Kiev).

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