A world-renowned kinetic artist, Yaacov Agam pioneered a new form of art that stresses change and movement. He studied under the Bauhaus' colour-theoretician, Johannes Itten, and then rejected traditional static concepts of painting and sculpture. He has enjoyed great public success since his first one-person show in Paris in 1953, and has become one of the most influential artists of modern times, most recently being honored with the construction of a single artist museum in Tel Aviv in 2020.
Agam was born in 1928 as Yaacov Gipstein in Rishon LeZion, Isreal, and then Mandate Palestine. Agam's initial training in art was at the Bezalel School in Jerusalem. In 1949 he moved to Zurich, remaining there for two years before moving to Paris where he resides to this day.
He has created a body of work that is optic in nature, changing with movement. As the viewer passes by, the colours and perspective alter as well. In 1972, he held a retrospective exhibition in Paris at the Musée National d'Art Moderne. In 1980, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York held the retrospective exhibition "Beyond the Visible" and his "Selected Suites" were at the Jewish Museum, New York (1975). His works are collected worldwide and he has enjoyed major museum shows all over the world, including "Double Metamorphosis 11" in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and "Transparent Rhythms 11 "in the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.