Fondazione Antonio Ratti

Haim Steinbach

Once Again the World Is Flat

3 July 1999
Spazio Culturale Antonio Ratti

Haim Steinbach (b. 1944, Rehovot, Israele) lives and works in New York. He became an American citizen in 1962, and completed his studies at Pratt Institute, New York, the University of Aix-Marseille and Aix en Provence, and Yale University in New Haven. His artistic activity began in the 1960s with a series of works which explore the aesthetic and social qualities of objects. He created structures, frames and his well-known shelves conceived to present natural and everyday objects. By exploring the psychological, cultural, and ritualistic context of the art work and its role in the production of meaning, Steinbach has radically redefined the status of the object in art. From the end of the 1980s his work has deeply influenced contemporary art practices around the world.

Steinbach's work has appeared in important group exhibitions such as El arte y su doble (Madrid, 1986), Metropolis (Berlino, 1992), Documenta 9 (Kassel, 1992) and the Venice Biennale (1993, 1997). His solo exhibitions of have been organized at Capc Musée d'art Contemporain, Bourdeaux (1988); the Guggenheim Museum, New York (in collaboration with Ettore Spalletti, 1993), the Castello di Rivoli (1995) and the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna (1997). He currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

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