Botanic Garden Offers Ben-David

Singapore - When you’ve got a formula that works, why not take it on the road? That’s what Sotheby’s has done with its wildly popular outdoor sculpture shows.

Independent art collectors of ArtKabinett social network appreciate the exposure of private artists in these public venues.

The auction house combines a corporately-sponsored public display of a sculptor’s work with a selling exhibition in a prominent semi-public space in places like Isleworth, Florida or England’s storied Chatsworth. Now they’re trying the same thing in Singapore.

The show will feature 16 monumental works by the award-winning international artist Zadok Ben-David in the magnificent setting of Singapore Botanic Gardens.

The exhibition, which will run from 23 October 2012 to 31 January 2013, has been organized with the support of the National Parks Board and Singapore Tourism Board.

Yemeni-born, raised in Israel and now London-based, Zadok Ben-David has a well established reputation in Asia. 

In 2007, he was the subject of a solo exhibition at Guangdong Art Museum in China and in 2008 he was commissioned to create a landmark sculpture for the Beijing Olympics.

Ben-David’s celebrated Blackfield installation, featuring a forest of 20,000 tiny botanical sculptures, has been on a world touring exhibition since its creation in 2008 and has elicited a rapturous response in every location.

For the exhibition at Singapore Botanic Gardens this autumn, Ben-David has created 12 new works, drawn from themes from some of his most powerful sculpture series. 

Figures, trees and butterflies are entwined in works which challenge our perceptions of reality.  Each is a unique creation made of Corten (or “weathering”) steel.

In 1988, Ben-David represented Israel in the Venice Biennale. Ben-David’s largest solo show to date was at the Guangdong Art Museum in Guangzhou, China in spring 2007.

He is the recipient of numerous awards. Recent awards include Grande Biennial Prémio at the XIV Biennale Internacional de Arte de Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal 2007 and the Tel Aviv Museum prize for sculpture 2005. In 2008, he was commissioned to make a sculpture for the Beijing Olympics.

Ben-David’s most recent solo show, “Human Nature” at the Tel Aviv Museum, had achieved record-breaking attendance in the thirty-year history of the museum when it ended in February 2010.

In the last couple of years Ben-David has showed in Italy, Derbyshire UK and the Busan Biennale in South Korea. His works feature in the collections of important public and private institutions in Europe, East Asia, United States, Israel and Australia.
Ben-David works and lives in London.