Micha Ullmann

Sculptor Guest of the Artists-in-Berlin programme 1989/90

„I create places that are empty and allow self-encounter. They force us to remember.“

Israeli sculptor Micha Ullman became famous in Germany with a extraordinary „memorial“. The underground „Bibliothek“ (Library) on Berlin‘s August-Bebel-Platz is a square room set into the ground with nothing but walls of empty shelves. This library has no books. In the evening and at night, visitors can look through the glass into a brightly lit room – located exactly where the Nazis burnt tens of thousands of books on 10 May 1933. Students of the Humboldt University, just across the road, were the main perpetrators. Micha Ullman rarely creates sculptures above ground level, he sinks his works into the ground. Earth and sand are among the materials he uses. Born in Tel Aviv in 1939, Ullman studied art in Jerusalem and London. He taught art in Jerusalem and Haifa, was a visiting professor at Düsseldorf in 1976, and came to Berlin in 1989 as a guest of the DAAD‘s Artists-in-Residence programme. He has held a professorship at the State Academy of Art and Design Stuttgart since 1991. The sculptor, who has won many prizes and awards, has been a member of the Berlin Academy of Art since 1996. He lives in Ramat HaSharon and Stuttgart.