Igael Tumarkin

  • Born 1933 in Dresden, Germany

Igael Tumarkin is a painter, printmaker, and sculptor who created such memorials as Holocaust and Revival (1971) in Rabin Square, Tel Aviv, and a memorial to fallen soldiers in the Negev. His father, Martin Hellberg, was a German theater actor and director. In 1935, when he was only two years old, he moved from Germany to Israel with his Jewish mother and his stepfather, Herzl Tumarkin. After his military service in the Israeli Sea Corps (1951–54), he studied sculpture with Rudi Lehmann (1903–1977) at Ein Hod, an artists’ village near Haifa. Tumarkin returned to Germany in 1955 and worked with the poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956) at the Berliner Ensemble and assisted the stage designer Karl von Appen (1900–1981). He continued his work as a sculptor and stage designer in Europe until 1961. After traveling abroad and living for several years in the United States, he finally settled in Tel Aviv in the late 1970s. His work has been shown internationally, and he has received many awards, including the prestigious Israel Prize, in 2004.

Artworks by Igael Tumarkin in the exhibition