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Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Tel Aviv Museum in 2011-2012

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is one of Israel's main art museums, alongside Jerusalem's famous Israel Museum. The TLV museum opened in 1932 by the city's first mayor, Meir Dizengoff. It presents Israeli and foreign artists.

Please note: The museum is closed on Sundays.

Established in 1932, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art holds an extensive collection of contemporary art, alongside classics, and is also known for its Israeli art collection. Until 1971 the museum was housed in the home of Tel Aviv's first Mayor, Meir Dizengoff.

The Architecture
Today, The main building is located in Shaul Hamelech Blvd, right next to the Tel Aviv Opera House and the courthouse complex. The museum is large enough for tourists to spend at least half a day inside. It consists of two wings: the first wing designed by Dan Eytan and Yitzhak Yashar and the recently opened wing, a magnificently architected building, designed by Preston Scott Cohen.

The museum also includes the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art, which opened in 1959 near Habima Square. Mrs. Helena Rubinstein donated the funds for this building. This modern museum, located in 6 Tarsat Blvd. opened in 1959. In 1999, a new wing was established along with a sculpture garden, right next to the Habima theater. Note: the Habima theater is going through renovations, and is closed to the public.

The Lola Beer Ebner Sculpture Garden in Memory of Dolfi Ebner, with an area of 11,300 square feet, opened in 1996 and includes sculptures by international artists such as Calder, Maillol, Lipchitz, Caro and Graham, and Israeli artists like Danziger, Ullman, Kadishman, Berg and Cohen-Levi.  The garden also holds temporary exhibitions of sculptures.

The Tel Aviv Museum of art's permanent collection spans 35,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, videos and works of architecture and design.

The museum's Art collection covers the most important streams of modern art: Fauvism, German Expressionism, Futurism, Surrealism, Cubism and more. The permanent collection includes works by, to name a few, Juan Miro, Pablo Picasso, Wassily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall, and Gustav Klimt. One of the more special works in the museum is a custom-made giant mural by Roy Lichtenstein which hangs in the entrance foyer of the museum.

The exhibitions
In addition to modern art, the museum's collection includes Italian 16th-18th Century Art, Flemish and Dutch 17th-19th art, Jewish 19th century art and decorative art.
An extensive photography collection was established in 1977 by Israeli photographer Micha Bar Am. It covers 19th and 20th century photos of the Middle East by European photographers, a collection of Soviet photography from the 1930s to the 1970s and a collection of contemporary Israeli photography.

Aside from presenting works of art, the Museum holds a busy schedule of concerts, dance performances, film screenings and lectures. It offers guided tours, schools programs and workshops in the main building and the off-site Meyerhoff Art Education Center.

The New section: Herta and Paul Amir Building (2011)
Nine years after the Tel Aviv Museum of Art announced a competition for planning a new building, the Herta and Paul Amir building opens on November 2nd 2011. This new building, designed by Preston Scott Cohen – the head of Harvard University's Graduate School of Architecture -- doubles Tel Aviv Museum's size to 33,000 square meters. See our photo gallery of the new building architecture.

The Herta and Paul Amir building will present a permanent collection of Israeli art, consisting of 250 works from 1916 to present day. Another gallery in the museum will showcase a changing exhibition. Three more galleries are dedicated to designated themes: design, architecture and photography. Other additions to the expanded museum are an auditorium, where the museum's cultural programs will take place, and a library.

The Herta building is built on a triangular site, which is in contrast to the museum's need of square and rectangular gallery spaces. Cohen's solution was to create sloping parabolic surfaces that are arranged around a "waterfall of light" – a central shaft that brings in natural light from a ceiling window.

The Tel Aviv museum's program offers permanent exhibitions, classical and jazz music, performance arts, lecture series, special events, children's programs, dance, and cinema.
Visiting Hours:
Sunday: closed
Monday-Wednesday: 10 pm - 4 pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 10 am - 10 pm
Friday: 10 am - 2 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm

Tel Aviv Museum of Art 27 Shaul Hamelech Blvd., Tel Aviv 64329.
Information Box Office: Tel. 6077020,
reservations by phone 2-9 p.m.
Administration: Sun.-Thurs. 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tel. 6077000, Fax: 6958099.

Bus lines to the museum: 9,18, 28, 70, 90, 111

Walking distance from Vital Hotel Tel Aviv: 5 min.

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Herta & Paul Amir Building - Tel Aviv Museum of Art