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1933

Born in Iași, Romania.

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1945

Begins to study art.

Etrog family Rasco Rishon Letzion Israel
1950

Emigrates to Israel.

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1953 - 1955

Studies drawing, painting, sculpture, graphics and theatre set design at Tel Aviv Art Institute.

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1956

First group exhibition, Israel Painters’ & Sculptures’ Association, Tel Aviv.

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1958

First solo exhibition, Z.O.A. House, Tel Aviv.

Awarded scholarship to study at the Brooklyn Museum Art School.

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1959

Meets well-known Toronto collector Sam Zacks who buys painted construction White Scaffolding.

Zacks offers Etrog a studio in Southampton, Ontario for the summer.

First Canadian solo exhibition at Gallery Moos, Toronto.

James Johnson Sweeney, Director of the Guggenheim Museum in New York, selects sculpture for the museum’s collection.

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1961

Famed US collector Joseph Hirshhorn buys multiple works by the artist.

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1963

Alfred H. Barr, Founding Director of MoMA, NY, selects sculpture for the museum’s collection.

After commuting between Toronto and New York, closes New York studio and settles in Toronto.

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1965

Begins casting in Italy and opens a studio in Firenze.

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1966

Becomes a Canadian citizen.

Represents Canada at the Venice Biennale along with Alex Coleville and Yves Gaucher.

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1967

Commissioned by the Canadian government to create Moses and Flight for Expo ‘67, Montreal.

Designs and illustrates book The Bird that Does not Exist by Claude Aveline.

Monograph Sorel Etrog: Sculpture by William Withrow.

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1968

Designs the Canadian film award, the “Etrog” (renamed “Genie” in the 1980’s).

Meets Eugene Ionesco in Paris.

Monograph by Theodore Allen Heinrich, The Painted Constructions 1952 – 1960 of Sorel Etrog.

Monograph by Carlo L. Ragghianti Sorel Etrog: Sculptures, Engraving, Lithographs, Documents.

Opens One Decade, the traveling exhibition organized by the AGO with an accompanied catalogue, which travels to 11 venues throughout Ontario.

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1969

Designs and illustrates book Chocs by Eugene Ionesco.

Upon meeting Samuel Beckett, draws his portrait.

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1971

Designs the medallion commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

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1975

Writes and directs film, Spiral, broadcast on CBC.

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1976 - 1979

Collaborates with Marshall McLuhan on the publication Spiral and other related projects.

Designs sets and costumes for stage play The Celtic Hero: Four Cuchulain Plays by W.B Yates, at Toronto’s Bayview Theatre.

Divorces Lika.

Represents Canada at Art Expo in Bari, Italy.

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1979 - 1980

Studio in Paris.

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1982

Curates important exhibition of contemporary outdoor sculpture at the Guild Inn Scarborough, Ontario.

Publishes “Dream Chamber: Joyce and the Dada Circus” in Dream Chamber / About Roaratorio, edited by Robert O’Driscoll.

Designs and illustrates book Imagination Dead Imagination by Samuel Beckett.

Installation Musicage celebrating 70th birthday of composer John Cage, Toronto.

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1984

Illustrates, Choreographs and composes electronic music for public performance “The Bodifestation of the Kite,” a tribute to Samuel Beckett, dance by Gloria Luoma of the National Ballet of Canada, at the Grunwald Gallery, Toronto.

Commissioned to create Sunlife, a large outdoor sculpture for Sun Life Assurance of Canada.

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1988

Commissioned to create Powersoul for the summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea.

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1994

Sunbird II is installed in Reviers Normandy to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Normandy by Canadian Forces.

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1995

Named Member of the Order of Canada.

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1996 - 1997

Appointed Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts & des Lettres by France.

Designs Annual Award: Prix Alliance Française Toronto (Canada France Cultural Award) for French Consulate.

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2001

Monograph published Sorel Etrog by Pierre Restany.

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2003 - 2005

Thirty year sculpture retrospective at Buschlen Mowatt Gallery, Palm Desert, CA.

Represents Canada in the inaugural Vancouver International Biennale, awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by the Biennale Board of Directors.

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2013

Retrospective at the Art Gallery of Ontario: Sorel Etrog: Five Decades.

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2014

Passes away in Toronto.

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2016

The Hennick Family Wellness Gallery at Mount Sinai opens with 86 works donated by the artist.