Amos Gitaï

Amos Gitaï

Born in 1950, and best known to the public for his film Kippur, shown at Cannes in 2000, the Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai bases his work to a large extent on personal experience, including the Yom Kippur war and other historic events in Israel.

Today, Gitai’s art – not just his films – has attained a profound maturity as he continues to explore themes that have accompanied his rich career as a director in other disciplines such as photography. His images oscillate between personal and collective memory. Taken in the moment, and with all its emotions, they are like an improvised autobiography, becoming, with hindsight, testimony to a shared reality.

The coherence and evolution of his work are now manifest through the diversity of the media he uses, constituting a complex mosaic whose guiding thread is essentially biographical.

Major retrospectives of his work have been shown at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and Lincoln Center in New York and the British Film Institute in London.

 

Photo ©Dan Bronfeld

Awards

Docteur honoris causa of Université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in 2011


Docteur Honoris Causa de l’Université de Saint-Quentin en Yvelines, 2011


Distinction for Excellence, Technion Institute of Technology, Haifa, 2011


Président du Jury du Festival de Deauville 2011


Membre du Jury du Festival international du film de Moscou 2011


Membre du Jury du Festival international du film de Shanghai 2010


Léopard d'honneur du 61e Festival de Locarno, 2008


Prix Roberto Rossellini pour Désengagement, 2007


Membre du Jury de la Mostra de Venise 2007


Distinction for Excellence, Berkeley University of California, School of Envrironment and Design, 2005


Prix Roberto Rossellini pour l’ensemble de son oeuvre, 2005


Kedma reçoit le grand prix du festival international du film de Sao Paulo, 2002


Chevalier des Arts et Lettres 2000


Solo exhibitions

2016


Chronicle of an Assassination Foretold, Bozar Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium.


Chronique d'un assassinat annoncé, Collection Lambert en Avignon, Avignon, France.


 


2015


Architecte de la mémoire - rétrospective, Cinéma Galeries, Brussels, Belgium


 


2014


Architecte de la mémoire, Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne


Biographies, Reina Sofia, Madrid


Army Day Horizontal. Army Day Vertical, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin


Architecte de la mémoire, Cinémathèque française, Paris


 


2013


Intervention in Gitai Weinraub's installation, MoMA, New York


 


2012


Rencontres photographiques d’Arles, Eglise des Frères Prêcheurs, 2012


 


2011


Correspondence, Efrati Gitai – Letters, Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Israel,


Traces - Munio Gitai – Weinraub, Museum of Art, Ein Harod, Israel,


Traces, an installation at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris,


Architetture della memoria, Musée du Cinéma, Turin


 


2010


Lullaby for my father, a video presentation in Kibbutz Kfar Masaryk, Israel


 


2009


The War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness, (with Jeanne Moreau), Festival d'Avignon, France,


Traces - Evento, Bordeaux,


 


2008-2009


Munio Weinraub / Amos Gitai - Architecture und Film in Israel, Pinakothek der Moderne, ArchitekturMuseum, Munich,


Munio Weinraub / Amos Gitai - Architecture and Film in Israel, Tel Aviv Museum, Tel Aviv Museum of Art


 


2008


Amos Gitai: Non-Fiction, MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) New York,


Exhibition in memory of his father Munia Gitai – Weinraub - Amos Gitai,


 


2006


Olivier Cinqualbre and Lionel Richard, Centre Pompidou, Paris


Public Housing - long video presentation screens, Ein Harod Museum,


News from House News from Home, Kunstwerke, Berlin


 


2003


Parcours, Centre Pompidou, Paris


 


2000


Herzliya Museum, Saitama Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, Japan,


 


1998


Open Shen Zen - Performance, Helena Rubinstein Pavilion, Tel - Aviv


 


1994


Exhibition in memory to his father - Munio Gitai – Weinraub, Jerusalem Museum, Israel


Group exhibitions

2017


Ficciones y territorios, Arte para pensar la nueva razón del mundo, Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain.


 


2014


The Disasters of War: 1800-2014, Musée du Louvre-Lens, Lens, France.


 


2013


Disaster, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France. 


Bibliography

Amos Gitai, Alberto Farassino, Mostra Internazionale Riminicinema, Rimini 1989.
The Films of Amos Gitai: a Montage, Paul Willemen, British Film Institute, London 1993.
The War of the Sons of Light against the Sons of Darkness, Amos Gitai, Mazzotta, Milan 1993.
Munio Gitai Weinraub, Bauhaus Architect in Eretz Israel, Richard Ingersoll, Electa, 1994 (in English); Hebrew version published by Yedioth Sefarim in 2009.
Amos Gitai, Cinema forza di pace, Daniela Turco, Le Mani, Geneva 2002 (in Italian).
Exils et territoires: le cinéma d’Amos Gitai, Serge Toubiana, Baptiste Piégay, Arte Editions/Cahiers du cinéma, Paris, 2003;versions in English (Lincoln Center, 2005), Italian (Bruno Mondadori, 2006), Portuguese (Cosac Naify, 2004) and Spanish (Semana Internacional de Cine, Valladolid 2004).
Mont Carmel, Amos Gitai, Albums Haute Enfance, Éditions Gallimard, Paris, 2003; Italian version published by Bompiani, 2004.
Amos Gitai Parcours, Jean-Michel Frodon, Sylvie Pras and Dominique Païni, Centre Pompidou, Paris, 2003.
Amos Gitai, Cinema, Politics, Aesthetics, Irma Klein, HaKibbutz Hameuchad, 2003.
Amos Gitai, Israël, Images, Diaspora, ed. Akira Tochigi and Toshi Fujiwara, FilmArt, Tokyo, 2003 (in Japanese).
Amos Gitai, Serge Toubiana, Mostra internacional de cinema/ Cosac Naify, São Paulo 2004.
Genèses, Amos Gitai, Jean-Michel Frodon and Marie-José Sanselme, Gallimard, Paris 2009. Spanish version published by Macba, Barcelona.
Correspondance d’Efratia Gitai (1929-1994), Gallimard, Paris 2010; versions in Hebrew (Yedioth Sefarim, 2011) and Italian (Bompiani, 2011).
Amos Gitai – News from Home, Walther König, Cologne 2006.
Munio Weinraub / Amos Gitai Architecture und Film in Israel, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich 2008.
Gitai 2 x 3, Jean-Michel Frodon, Resling, 2008 (in Hebrew).
Amos Gitai: 5 films, Jean-Michel Frodon, trilingual edition, CulturesFrance, 2010.

Public and private collections

Spain


Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid 




USA


Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York City, NY