The Eretz Israel Museum is multidisciplinary museum in the Ramat Aviv neighborhood of Tel aviv. The Museum opened in 1953 and is made up of numerous pavilions that surround an excavation site that is still being worked on in the heart of the museum grounds. Each pavilion is dedicated to a different subject and come together to provide an extensive study of the history and culture of the land of Israel.
There are permanent and temporary exhibitions in fields such as archaeology, Judaica, cultural history, traditional crafts and local identity. There are also reconstructed instillations that work such as wine presses, oil presses and a flour mill, allowing visitors to experience times gone by in the land. There is also a state-of-the-art planetarium on site with twice-daily shows. The Eretz Israel Museum shop has unique Israeli-made products for sale.
The Tel aviv Museum of Art was established in 1932, before the establishment of the State of Israel, in the building that was the home of Meir Dizengoff, Tel Aviv's first mayor and in 1971 moved to it's current location on King Saul Avenue. The Museum is home to an extensive collection of both classical and contemporary art, with a clear emphasis on Israeli art, a sculpture garden and youth wing.
The Museum is situated in the cultural centre of the city- the Golda Meir Cultural and Art Center, where it sits alongside the Israeli Opera and Musical Theatre. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is a hub of activity for the local arts scene and aside from it's collections, presents music, dance and film performances, as well as lectures on philosophy and art. There is also a fully-computerized art library on site that serves thousands of students, scholars and curators every year. The Museum is, without a doubt, the most comprehensive reference centre in the Middle East.
The Museum's permanent collection displays some of the leading artists from the first half of the twentieth century, as well as many of the major movements of modern art; Fauvism, German Expressionism, Cubism and Futurism, to name just a few. French art, such as Impressionists and the School of Paris, alongside key works of Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro's Surrealist creations are all displayed in the Museum.
The temporary exhibitions of individual artist's work and group shows around a common theme are a huge attraction at the Museum, offering a glimpse into the dynamic and vibrant Israeli world of art.
The Museum is also home to a small cinema- the Tel Aviv Museum Cinema- that screens foreign films which are usually highly-praised by the critics. Be sure to check that the film has English subtitles.
The Museum offers guided tours in English every Wednesday at 11:30.
The Ilana Goor Museum is located in a building in the city of Jaffa that, 250 years ago, served as a hostel for Jewish pilgrims who were on their way to Jerusalem. The world-renowned artist, Ilana Goor, took it upon herself to restore this magnificent building to it's former beauty, preserving the beauty of the architecture of the building's era and simultaneously injecting the place with the vibrancy of the modern art that has gained her world-wide fame.
Ilana Goor was born in Tiberias, Israel to a family of doctors, many of whom were artists. She never studied art formally, developing her style along with her technique and resulting in powerful, emotion-filled works. Ilana has statues that are displayed in public places all around Israel as well as in private collections. She has presented exhibitions world-wide, currently has her work displayed in sixteen designer showrooms in the United States and sells her jewelry, clothing and furniture collections all over the world.
The museum presents a wide selection of Ilana's works as well as those of other Israeli and international artists. The museum is the embodiment of everything that Ilana believes in- the fusion of old with new, the combination of rural and industrial, the mixing of organic an geometrical; all effortlessly and in perfect unification.
The Ilana Goor Museum has an usually homey feeling about it and when one learns that the Museum is, in fact, part of Ilana Goor's house, this comes as no surprise. The stunning art pieces; sculptures, jewelry, furniture, paintings and more, are thoughtfully placed around the magnificent building and the incredible view of the sea, visible through every window, simply adds to the invigorating breath of fresh-air that is the Ilana Goor Museum.
There is a rooftop café on the premises with a breath-taking view of the Mediterranean Sea, as well as a gift shop.
The Rubin Museum (known in Hebrew as Bet Reuven) is the house-turned museum of the painter Reuven Rubin, situated in the heart of Tel aviv.
Reuven Rubin was one of the very first Israeli artists who gained world-wide recognition. Rubin was born in 1893 in Romania and immigrated to Israel at the beginning of the twentieth century in order to study in the prestigious Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem.
Rubin lived, together with his family, in this house on 14 Bialik Street from the year 1945 until he died in 1974 and bestowed the house to the city of Tel Aviv. Just under a decade after his death, the house was opened to the public as a museum.
The Museum displays a collection of Reuven Rubin's paintings that are occasionally replaced by guest exhibitions that focus on the early period of Israeli art. The Museum consists of four floors; at basement level there is a new children's workshop that opens up to the backyard, at street level the main gallery, entry hall and the Museum's shop, the second floor is home to an additional gallery as well as a library and reading room and the third floor is where Rubin's own studio is preserved as it was during his lifetime. The third floor also contains a biographical journey into Rubin's life story through photographs, documents and sketches.
The Rubin Museum makes for a quiet and charming visit into Reuven Rubin's life, works and legacy.
The Shorashim Art Gallery in Tel aviv was established in 1987, holding four seasonal Art & Antiques Auctions a year ever since. In addition, Shorashim publishes the "Israel Art Index" on a biennial basis, listing over 6000 artists and the current market value of their work. The "Israel Art Index" has an important role in setting the market value of artistic works and artists in the country.
A number of art exhibitions are held in Shorashim every year, playing a very active role in the local artistic scene. Shorashim use modern technology to their benefit, displaying online exhibitions that expose up-and-coming artists alongside established ones. In fact, monthly online auctions are held, with an emphasis on Jewish and Israeli art and antiques.
The Alfred Gallery is a cooperative art gallery that holds the works of fifteen artists who are all actively involved in all aspects of the upkeep of the gallery- including dealing with the financial side and general functioning of the place. The communal characteristic of the gallery creates a dynamic and supportive atmosphere in which the artists can display their works.
The establishment of the gallery can be largely attributed to the needs of the artists to be rid of the total dependence on the bigger galleries that practically dictate the Israeli art market, and from the recognition that the artistic center of Israel and of Tel aviv is small and closed. The gallery allows personal artistic growth for each and every member, as well as for the guest artists who display their works in the gallery. Additionally, the gallery enlarges the artistic sphere in Israel by widening the boundaries of the artistic field in Tel Aviv.
The Tmoona Theatre opened its doors in 1999 and since then has made a name for itself as the host of some of Israel's most prominent fringe productions as well as hosting live music events that are largely of the indie genre.
The Tmoona Theatre could be described as a community theatre and performance space that has a strong affinity for avant garde material. The performances are aimed at the local crowd and thereby present an interesting window into the local anthropology. A bar and café overlook the stage and the whole area is dimly lit and intriguingly decorated. This space is the usual location for the musical acts whereas the small theatre space is found nearby.
Gebo Art Space, established in 2007, was founded as a studio-gallery for Johanan Herson and Marlen Ferrer. Rapha'l Barbibay joined them and one of their leading principles is to offer artists who would otherwise not have the opportunity, such as those from the periphery, the chance to exhibit their works alongside established artists in central Tel aviv; the heart of the Israeli art world.
The Gebo Art Gallery offers a unique open space environment that is aimed at creating a dialogue between art and design. International artists and Israeli artists are invited to display their pieces here.
How to get there: Buses 7, 9, 18, 28, 70, 82, 120, 147, 149, 282
The Dollinger Art Project is dedicated to creating a continuous dialogue between local and global talent, exposing fresh Israeli talent to the international art scene and vice versa. The Dollinger Art Gallery strengthens cultural ties between Israel and other countries and also helps emerging artists raise their profile and establish themselves on an international scale.
For many new artists, having an exhibition in the Alon Segev Gallery is an important step to national and even international recognition. Open since 2000, the Alon Segev Gallery focuses on displaying the contemporary pieces of established artist alongside the freshest talent from both Israel and abroad.
Contemporary art in all its forms; sculptures, drawings, paintings and video, is displayed in the gallery and the pieces are often the subject of conversation in Israeli publications. Artists whose works appear in the gallery live, work and exhibit in a variety of countries.
The vision of the Alon Segev Gallery is to expose Israeli contemporary art to the international audience, due to the belief that Israeli art has what to add to the world-wide scene.
The "Office in Tel aviv" was founded in January 2004 and is non-commercial, not a gallery and not a museum. So what is it? "Office in Tel Aviv" is a small, white, cubical office space that is experimenting with a concept that is new in Israel; the daily working, side-by-side, of a curator and artist. Viewers are invited to come and share this experience of an alternative space for interdisciplinary art.
The original Gordon Gallery was founded in 1966 on Gordon Street. The present Gordon Gallery is situated on Ben-Yehuda Street. In the past forty-five years the gallery has held over 400 exhibitions, published countless catalogues and two major art books. The first auction house was also set up in the gallery in 1977 and auctions were held there every half a year for twenty-five years.
In the sixties and seventies the Gordon Gallery was the place that young avant-garde artists were given the chance to shine in and become a recognized name. Many artists who today stand at the forefront of Israeli art started their careers exhibiting in the leading Gordon Gallery.
Since 2002 when the establishment changed hands, there has been an emphasis on exhibiting photography in the gallery as well as contemporary art work by leading Israeli artists.
8art is a studio and gallery of culture and art, including workshops, cultural events and a display gallery of exhibitions. 8art is an expansive space with a minimalist, clean-cut design in an excellent, easy-to-reach location in central Tel aviv.
8art was established by Dari Levi with the intention of creating a stage for contemporary culture and art. Dari Levi is a photographer and designer who has displayed exhibitions in Israel and abroad and was one of the founders of the magazine "42 degrees" which is an alternative magazine for culture and fashion (today it is known as "360").
The Engel Gallery was founded in Jerusalem in 1955 with the aim of promoting and exhibiting Israeli art in Israel and abroad. The gallery has published a number of prints and books, collaborates constantly with local and international museums and participates in art fairs. In the early eighties the second generation of the Engel family launched a gallery in Tel aviv.
The Tel Avivian branch of the Engel Gallery holds temporary exhibitions of contemporary art by established artists and the aim of the exhibitions is to create and explore a discourse about the place of art in Israeli culture. There is artwork by three generations of Israeli artists in the gallery's collections as well as modern European art and contemporary art.
The Rosenfeld Gallery was founded in 1952 and fast became a prestigious institution with a fine reputation. It has become one of the most prominent exhibition spaces in the local art scene. The artists represented there have flourished to become some of the best Israeli artists.
The gallery was renovated in 1999, expanding it in to a three-story display space. With the expansion came a change in orientation; with its focus being on contemporary art and spotting up-and-coming talent. New artists display their works alongside more established artists.