Artist Talk: Ron Arad. Public Art or Art for the Community


From 18 November 2016




Garage Auditorium
Artist Talk: Ron Arad. Public Art or Art for the CommunityArtist Talk: Ron Arad. Public Art or Art for the Community


On the eve of the opening of his solo exhibition in Moscow, artist, designer, and architect Ron Arad will talk about public art and how it is influenced by existing landmarks.

Public Art is easier to commission than to decommission, and involves than just the artist and his ideas. The public is closely involved but mainly the public; the culture and attitudes of society as a whole. Where sometimes the artist's curiosity and delight is sufficient, not so in Public Art. In his lecture, Arad will talk about his unique 16-meter mobile sculpture 'Spyre', which adorned the entrance to the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 2016, and other public projects, including 'Big Blue' in Canary Wharf (London), 'Evergreen!' (Tokyo), 'Kesher' (Tel Aviv), and 'Vortext' (Seoul).

In summer 2016, three major installations by Ron Arad According to Arad, the satisfaction of personal interests, ambitions and tastes is not enough to produce a successful project. In the creation of public art, society itself plays a key role through its involvement in the creation process and its response thereafter.


One of the most influential designers and architects of our time, Ron Arad, was born in Tel Aviv in 1951. Arad's continuous experimentation with the limits and possibilities of materials, from the choice of metal to the choice of composition as a whole, and his completely new, radical ideas about the shape and structure of objects and buildings make him a central figure in the world of design and architecture. Ron Arad teaches at the most prestigious educational institutions of Vienna and London. His architectural projects include an opera house complex in Tel Aviv, the boutique of fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto in Tokyo, the interior of the Belgo restaurants in London, a new design museum in Israel, and exclusive residences and hotels around the world.

The works of Ron Arad have been displayed in the most famous museums of the world including Centre Pompidou (Paris), MoMA (New York), Barbican Center (London), Pinacoteca Agnelli (Turin) and Design Museum (Holon).