Don’t Miss the Tel Aviv Art Museum

Art enthusiasts will love this amazing art museum and those who want to get an insight into the Israeli culture will also benefit from a visit to the Tel Aviv Art Museum. The museum is one of Tel Aviv’s most visited sites with about 500,000 visitors each year.

The museum is housed in a complex of buildings in central Tel Aviv and although the museum dates back to 1932 it gained a new wing, the Herta and Paul Amir Building in 2011 which has become an attraction in itself. The original museum building was the former residence of Meir Dizengoff, Tel Aviv’s first mayor on Rothschild Boulevard but in 1971 the museum relocated to its present location. Today the museum is housed in three buildings: the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion of Contemporary Art on Tarsat Blvd and the main complex consisting of the Main Building and the adjacent Herta and Paul Amir Building on Shaul Hamelech Boulevard . The museum has additional exhibition space at the Lola Beer Ebner Sculpture Garden. The work on show is diverse, spanning several eras, artistic styles and geographical origins.

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Herta and Paul Amir Building

The newest wing of the museum was opened in 2011 alongside of the museum’s main building. It houses the Israeli Architecture Archives and exhibitions of photography and visual arts. The building covers 5.6km²  spread over five floors. The museum building was the creation of Preston Scott Cohen. The Herta and Paul Amir Building has become a modern landmark in the city. The dramatic architecture includes 2 floors above ground and 3 below ground all spiraling around a central atrium. Each gallery is built on a different axes stacked one above the other. The galleries overlook the 26 meter high atrium through long windows in angular walls. Natural light floods in through the atrium skylight. The building has a triangular shape with rectangular galleries. The exterior has tessellated concrete walls with multiple angles and windows matching the rectangular and triangular panels.

Credit - Wikipedia by Michael Yaakobson.

Credit – Wikipedia by Michael Yaakobson.

Tel Aviv Art Museum Collection

In the main building you can explore exhibition galleries displaying the most important collections. Collections include Israeli art; impressionist and post-impressionist; 20th century art; contemporary art; architecture and design; European art of the 18th-19th century; didactic exhibitions for children and parents; sculptures; photography and several galleries for changing exhibitions. You can see prints, drawings, paintings, video instillations and Old Masters. The museum is home to one of the world’s largest collections of Israeli art. Highlights of the museum include Vincent van Gogh’s The Shepherdess; Marc Chagall’s Solitude; a Roy Lichtenstein mural; Pissarro’s The Vieux-Moulin in Knokke and pieces by Kandinsky, Pollock,  Maurice de Vlaminck, Pablo Picasso, Kiefer, Reuven Rubin and Nahum Gutman. The museum hosts regular workshops, lectures and special live performances and film screenings.

Practical Information:

Address: 27 Shaul Hamelech Blvd, Tel Aviv

Open Hours: Mon, Wed, Sat 10am-6pm; Tues, Thurs 10am-9pm; Fri 10am-2pm and Sunday the museum is closed.

Information: 03 6077020

Admission: Adults 50ILS; Tel Aviv residents 40ILS; students 40ILS; children under 18yrs free; seniors 25ILS. Children under 13 years must be accompanied by an adult and one adult can be responsible to up to three children.