The Most Successful Artist to Come Out of Israel Lives Alone in a Tiny 48-square-meter House

Celebrated contemporary artist Michal Rovner was chosen this year to present her work at the Central Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale. She spoke with Haaretz about being enthralled by nature and the meaning of success in the art world

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Michal Rovner, 63, splits her life between New York and Kfar Shmuel in central Israel.
Michal Rovner. She splits her life between New York and Kfar Shmuel in central Israel.Credit: Avishag Shaar Yashuv
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From Rovner's exhibition in the Venice biennale. 'It is like an X-ray of what was going on in this frenzied, pandemic-struck world.'Credit: Michal Rovner studio
In 2011, two monumental stone structures she'd created as part of her series, "Makom II" and "Makom IV," were installed in the Napoleon Court at the entrance to the Louvre.Credit: Ardon Bar-Hama
In 2003, Rovner represented Israel at the Venice Art Biennale, with an exhibition called "Data Zone": a series of works featuring Petri dishes on which tiny human figures were projected.Credit: Courtesy the artist and Pace Gal
Michal Rovner: 'I make things because that’s what I do.'Credit: Luciano Romano

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