Michal Rovner (Israeli, b.1957) is a renowned painter, photographer, video artist, and writer who exhibits a varied and evocative body of work. Rovner offers a seamless blend of photography, video, digital art, and painting, in order to express the intensity of her personal experience while applying appropriate symbolism to reflect the broader human condition. Rovner was born in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, and began her adult education at Tel Aviv University. While attending this university, she founded the Camera Obscura School of Art with Arie Hammer in 1978, as an educational center for photography, cinema, and television. She received a BFA from Bezalel Academy in 1985.

Rovner then moved to Manhattan in 1987, and wrote articles about arts and culture for a weekend magazine, Yediot Aharonot, an equivalent of the New York Times in Israel. In the early 1990s, Rovner collaborated with filmmaker Robert Frank on scripts for C'est Vrai! and The Last Supper. She returned to Israel following this brief collaboration and began taking photographs along the Israeli border with Lebanon in 1996, capturing the struggles of the region during the time. The work was subsequently presented at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2000, she offered a video installation that covered 17 windows along Park Avenue in Manhattan, leading to an exhibit at the Whitney Museum in 2002, and she became the first Israeli artist to display there. The Jeu de Paume Museum in France chose to display Rovner's work on the exterior wall of the museum, which made Rovner the first Israeli artist to become a part of the Parisian Vies.

Rovner is still active in the art community, and is the world's most successful Israeli artist. She lives in New York.

Timeline

Polaroid Collection material grant
Co-Founded the Camera Obscura School of Art Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv Museum Award
BA, Cinema/Television and Philosophy Tel Aviv University
BFA Bezalel Academy of Art
Artist's Fellowship New York Foundation for the Arts

Exhibitions

2011
Making of Makom, L’Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris, France (solo)
Michal Rovner: Histoires, Musée du Louvre, Paris, France (solo)
2010
Intramoenia Extra Art: Mirages, Eclettica Cultura dell’Arte, Barletta, Italy
Material / Immaterial, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
50 Years at Pace, The Pace Gallery, New York, NY
Re-Location, Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
2009–2010
Michal Rovner: Frequency, Ivorypress Art + Books Space, Madrid, Spain
Hugging and Wrestling: Contemporary Israeli Photography and Video, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, OH
BAROCK: Art, Science, Faith and Technology in the Contemporary Age, MADRE - Museo d’Arte Contemporanea DonnaREgina, Naples, Italy
2009
Michal Rovner: Borders, Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, MA (solo)
Michal Rovner: Particles of Reality, DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montreal, Canada (solo)
Incidental Affairs, Suntory Museum, Osaka, Japan
2008
Michal Rovner: Makom II, PaceWildenstein, New York, NY (solo)
Michal Rovner: Adama, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
Michal Rovner: Video, Sculpture, Installation, Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY (solo)
Depletion: Works from te Doron Sebbag Art Collection, ORS Ltd., Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
Imaginary Coordinates, Spertus Museum, Chicago, IL
International Triennial of Contemporary Art in Prague 2008, National Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic
Art of the State: Contemporary Photography and Video Art from Israel, Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam, The Neatherlands
Reflections, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
2006–2008
Word Into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East, British Museum, London, May 18–September 3, 2006. Traveled to: Dubai Holding, Dubai International Finance Centre, United Arab Emirates, February 6–April 30, 2008. (Catalogue)
2007
Michal Rovner, Galerie Haas & Fuchs, Berlin, Germany (solo)
Turbulence, 3rd Auckland Triennial, New Zealand
Offering Reconciliation, Brandeis University Waltham, Massachusetts, March 22–April 1, 2007. Traveled to: The World Bank, Washington, D. C., April 30–May 6, 2007; Bellevue Art Museum, Bellevue, Washington, June 7–August 19, 2007; United Nations, New York, September 1–28, 2007; Pomegranate Gallery, New York, October 4–8, 2007; Sculpture Objects & Functional Art, Chicago, November 2–4, 2007
Timer 01: Intimità/Intimacy, Triennale Bovisa, Fondazione Triennale di Milano, Milan, Italy
Light Time and Three Dimensions, PaceWildenstein, New York, NY
Beyond Limits, Sotheby’s sculpture exhibition, Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England, UK
Contemporary, Cool and Collected, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, NC
2006–2007
L’Homme Paysage, Palais des Beaux Arts de Lille, France
18: Beckett, Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto at Mississauga, Canada, November 9–December 21, 2006. Travelled to: Walter Phillips Gallery, The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada, March 31–May 27, 2007. (Catalogue)
2006
Michal Rovner: Fields of Fire, PaceWildenstein, New York, NY (solo)
Michal Rovner, Fundació Sa Nostra, Centre de Cultura, Palma, Spain (solo)
Middle Ground: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Art, Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York, NY
Ecce Uomo: (33 + 1) Artisti Conemporanei da Collezioni Private a Milano, Sapzio Oberdan, Milan, Italy (Exhibition catalogue; essays by Gemma De Angelis Testa, Sergio Risaliti, Caroline Corbetta, Edoardo Testori, Pietro Gaglianò)
Approaching Reality’s Borders: Art, Science and Technology, ARCOS Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Sannio, Palazzo del Governo Via Stefano Borgia, Italy
The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama, UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, Los Angeles, CA
Allegories of Displacement, Westport Arts Center, CT
2005–2006
Michal Rovner: Fields, Festival d’Automne à Paris 2005, Jeu de Paume-site Concorde, Paris, October 3, 2005–January 8, 2006. Traveled to: Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel, April 6–July 29, 2006. (Catalogue; texts by Régis Durand, Sylvère Lotringer and Mordechai Omer)
Swarm, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, PA
2005
Michal Rovner: Recent Work, Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, PA (solo)
Michal Rovner: Recent Works, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand (solo)
Banquet: Communication in Evolution, Media Lab, Madrid, Spain
1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Schusev State Museum of Architecture, Moscow, Russia
Logical Conclusions: 40 Years of Rule Based Art, PaceWildenstein, New York, NY
Summer Group Show, PaceWildenstein, New York, NY
Banquet_05 Communication in Evolution, Cultural Center Ciudad Alta, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Madrid, Spain
Groundworks: Environmental Collaboration in Contemporary Art, Regina Miller Gouger Gallery, , Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, PA
2004–2005
BIRDSPACE: A Post-Audubon Artists Aviary, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, January 10–March 21, 2004. Traveled to: Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida, May 29–August 15, 2004; Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, New York, October 9, 2004–January 2, 2005; McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown State University, Ohio, September 9–October 21, 2005. (Catalogue)
Beyond East and West. Seven Transnational Artists. Krannert Art Museum, Universtiy of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign, January 23–April 4, 2004. Traveled to: Louisiana State University Museum of Art, Baton Rouge, April 16–September 4, 2004; Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, October 9–December 12, 2004; Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Massachusetts, February 19–May 15, 2005. (Catalogue)
2004
Michal Rovner: in stone, PaceWildenstein, New York, NY (solo)
Michal Rovner: Recent Work, Regina Gouger Miller Gallery, Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, PA (solo)
Michal Rovner: Recent Works, Gow Langsford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand (solo)
The Artes Mundi Prize Exhibition (Wales International Visual Art Prize), National Museum and Gallery, Cardiff, UK
Shanghai 5 Biennale 2004: Techniques of the Visible, Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai, China
Dwellan: Exhibition of Contemporary Video Art, Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark
Periplo del Mediterraneo: Maestri e nuove espression tra Genova e Istanbul, Accademia Lingustica de Belle Arti, Genova
2002–2004
Moving Pictures: Contemporary Photography and Video from the Guggenheim Museum Collection, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, June 28, 2002–January 12, 2003. Traveled to: Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain, October 8, 2003–May 18, 2004. (Catalogue)
2003
Arena, MACRO, Museo d’arte contemporanea Roma (Al Mattatoio), Rome, Italy (Catalogue; texts by Dobrila Denegri and Èva Forgács) (solo)
Michal Rovner - Coexistence, Studio Stefania Miscetti, Rome, Italy (solo)
Michal Rovner: Against Order? Against Disorder? 50th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Israeli Pavilion, Venice, Italy (solo)
War (What Is It Good For?), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
One Ground: Four Palestinian and Four Israeli Filmmakers, UCR/California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA
Dreams and Conflict: The Dictatorship of the Viewer, 50th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
The Disembodied Spirit, Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Brunswick, ME
NosOtros: Identidad y Alteridad, PhotoEspaña, Madrid, Spain
2002–2003
Michal Rovner, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, UK (solo)
2002
Michal Rovner: The Space Between, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY (solo)
The Endurance of Art, Westport Arts Center, CT
2001–2002
Michael Rovner: Works, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO (solo)
2001
Michal Rovner: New Work, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO (solo)
Michal Rovner, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (solo)
Photographs: A Decade of Collecting, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Harley Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO
2000–2001
The 46th Biennial Exhibition: Media/Metaphor, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
2000
Biennial 2000, The Corcoran Gallery of Art Washington, DC
The Perpetual Well: Contemporary Art from the Collection of the Jewish Museum, traveling exhibition
2000 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY
Looking Ahead: Visions of Israel, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art San Jose, CA
The Tel-Aviv Museum, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
1999
Animal. Anima. Animus., P.S. 1 New York, NY
Apposite Opposites, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL
Landscapes of Israel, The Jewish Museum New York, NY
Museo de Arte Moderno Cuenca
Museo National del Banco Central del Ecuador, Quito
Museo Anthroplogico del Banco Central Guayaquil
Borderline Figuration: Digital Art Forms, Pan American Cultural Exchange
Hindsight: Recent Work from the Permanent Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
1998
Light on the New Millennium - Wind from Extreme Orient, International Exhibition of Contemporary Art Pusan Metropolitan Museum, Pusan, Korea
Rhona Hoffmann Gallery Chicago, IL
Stephen Friedman Gallery London, UK
Selected Works 1991-1998, The Schmidt Center Gallery, Boca Raton, FL
Studio Stefania Miscetti, Rome, Italy
1997
Pace Wildenstein MacGill, New York, NY
Merging (Mural prints), Tate Gallery London, UK
Shoshana Wayne Gallery Santa Monica, CA
Stephen Wirtz Gallery San Francisco, CA
De la minceur de l'image/The Tenuous Image, Dazibao, centre de photographies acteulles Montréal, Québec
Making Pictures: Women and Photography, 1975- Now, Bernard Toale Gallery (Curator: Nicole Klagsbrun) Boston, MA
Mutual Interest (Video Installation), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Mutual Interest (Video Installation), Stedelijk Museum, World Wide Video Festival Amsterdam
1996
A Delicate Balance: Six Israeli Photographers, The Light Factory Charlotte, NC
From the Collection: Recent Acquisitions of Photography, The Corcoran Museum of Art, Washington, DC
1995
Photographic Condition, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Moholy-Nagy and Present Company, The Chicago Art Institute, Chicago, IL
1994
Contemporary Women Photographers, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
The Little House on the Prairie, Marc Jancou Gallery London, UK
Israel Museum Jerusalem
Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, France
New Photography, Shimon Attie, Ab, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
1993
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
In-Camera, The Santa Fe Museum of Art, Santa Fe, CA
First Image: Eight Photographers for the '90s, Laura Carpenter Fine Arts, Santa Fe, CA
1992
Ansel Adams Center (Curator: Andy Grundberg) San Francisco, CA
1992
Apocalyptic Thoughts, The Genia Schreiber University Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel
Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Ansel Adams Center (Curator: Andy Grundberg) San Francisco, CA
1991
Le Mois de la Photo à Montreal, La Maison Culture Mercier Montreal, Canada
Grant Winners: American Israeli Culture Fund, Haifa Museum of Modern Art, Haifa, Israel
1990
Grant Winners: American Israeli Culture Fund, Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
Outside, The Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
1987
Dizengof Center, Tel Aviv, Israel
1985
The First Line, Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Israel
1980
Sof Hasdera Gallery, Tel Aviv, Israel

Public Collections

AGFA Collection
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
Bibliothèque nationale de France, Paris, France
The Bohen Foundation, New York, NY
The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, NY
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Duma Lutie, Brussels
Fine Art Museum, Santa Fe, NM
George Eastman House International Museum of Photography, Rochester, NY
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Lambert Art Collection, Geneva, Switzerland
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Musée de l’Elysee, Lausanne, Switzerland
Musée des Beaux Arts, Calais, France
Museo d’arte contemporanea Roma (Al Mattatoio), Rome, Italy
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC
Paris Audiovisuel, France (Collection of the City of Paris)
Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ
Polaroid Collection, Cambridge, MA
Reader’s Digest Association, Pleasantville, NY
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv, Israel
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Authority, Jerusalem, Israel

Literature

2011
Michal Rovner, Histoires (exhibition catalogue). Text by David Grossman and interview by Marie-Laure Bernadac. Paris: Louvre Museum Editions, 2011.
2010
50 Years at Pace (exhibition catalogue). Texts by Arne Glimcher et al. New York: The Pace Gallery, 2010: illustrated.
Ronnberg, Ami and Kathleen Martin, eds. The Book of Symbols. Köln: Taschen, 2010: 487, illustrated.
Schreuder, Catrien. Pixels and Places: Video Art in Public Space. Rotterdam: NAi Publishers, 2010: 41, illustrated.
2009
Bouganim, Ami. Tel-Aviv: sans répit. Paris: Éditions Autrement, 2009: 98–115.
Michal Rovner: Frequency (exhibition catalogue). Texts by Laurent Cohen and Robert C. Morgan. London: IvoryPress, 2009.
2008
Heartney, Eleanor. Art & Today. London: Phaidon Press Limited, 2008: 298, 303, illustrated.
Depletion: Works from te Doron Sebbag Art Collection, ORS Ltd. (exhibition catalogue). Texts by Aya Lurie, Ernst van Alphen and Nili Goren. Jerusalem: Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2008: 51, illustrated.
2007
Contemporary, Cool and Collected (exhibition catalogue). Text by Robert Hobbs. North Carolina: Mint Museum of Art, 2007:126–127, illustrated.
Chadwick, Whitney. Women, Art, and Society. Thames and Hudson World of Art. London: Thames & Hudson, 2007: 490–91; 315, illustrated.
2006
Porter, Venetia. Word Into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East (exhibition catalogue). London: British Museum Press, 2006: 91, illustrated.
2004
Beyond East and West. Seven Transnational Artists. Urbana-Champaign: Krannert Art Museum, 2004: 60– 65, illustrated.
2003
Michal Rovner: Against Order? Against Disorder? (exhibition catalogue). Text by Mordechai Omer. Israel: H.S. Halfi, Ltd., 2003.
2002
Wolf, Sylvia. Michal Rovner: The Space Between (exhibition catalogue). New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 2002.
Moving Pictures: Contemporary Photography and Video from the Guggenheim Museum Collection (exhibition catalogue). New York: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2002.