The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is a great pit-stop for all art lovers, whether tourist or local, and with some half a million visitors a year it’s one of Tel Aviv’s most popular sites.
Housed in a bright and airy complex in a convenient location situated in central Tel Aviv, the museum has a somewhat modern history, dating back to the 1930s. However, once inside the museums tells quite a different story with an eclectic mix of works from contemporary art to pieces by the Old Masters.
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is home to one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Israeli art in the world. The museum features the work of many Israeli artists who have become present on the international art scene. There are also many interesting and reflective works dealing with the history, culture and conflicts of the country.
The Old Masters collection of art ranges between the 16th to 19th century and includes 130 items from paintings to sculptures with 46 pieces on loan. Amongst the museum’s collection is the works of masters such as Van Gogh, Monet, Chagall, Modigliani and Cezanne. There is also an impressive collection of the works by world famous Edvard Munch, with over 150 prints by this Norwegian artist. Other well-known names featured at the museum include Wassily Kandinsky, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and Pablo Picasso.
But the Tel Aviv Museum of Art isn’t simply a collection of works on canvas. It exhibits pieces across a range of genres from painting, sculpture, prints and drawings, photography and video to architecture and design with the department of drawings and prints alone having over 25,000 works on paper. Photography lovers in particular will be delighted with Ephraim Moshe Lilien’s unique glass negatives works on display whilst the cutting edge works of James Ensor, Lesser Ury and Alexander Archipenko also feature.
As well as art, the museum hosts regular musical and dance performances, film showings and has an impressive series of lectures on art and philosophy.
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art complex is expansive comprising the museum and gallery spaces, the Helena Rubenstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, and the new Herta and Paul Amir building, which opens tomorrow (November 2nd). This extension, which was originally conceived in 2002, adds nearly 20,000 square meters of additional space to the museum. Described as a complex array of space with a vertical “light fall” draining the building’s vertical dimensions, the new structure is bound to impress and expected to draw even greater crowds to this popular Tel Aviv tourist attraction (Tel Aviv citizens get in FREE for the first month).
The museum also has an ever changing range of temporary exhibitions and many works that have been gifted to the museum by benefactors or entrusted to the museum for display.
In short, there is plenty to see and experience in this wonderful museum. In fact, no two visits to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art are ever likely to be the same.
With late night opening on Tuesdays and Thursdays (until 22:00) you can even make the museum a perfect and cultural end to a wonderful day of sight-seeing in this vibrant city.
Address: 27 Shaul Hamelech Blvd, Tel Aviv
Telephone: +972 (0)3 6077020
For more info, see the museum’s official website.