The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is Israel’s largest art museum, with a large collection of permanent exhibits as well as temporary exhibits. The Museum opened in 1932, before even the state of Israel was established, and a new wing opened in 2011. The museum shows the works of both Israeli and international artists including impressionism and post-impressionism. Permanently on display include the works of Cezanne, Chagall, Dali, Monet, Henri Moore, Auguste Rodin, Archipenko, Picasso, Klimt, Kadinsky. If you want to go to just one traditional art museum when in Israel, make it this one!
The new Amir Wing of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art
The new Herta and Paul Amir Building at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, opened in November 2011, and is itself a visual and architectural masterpiece. Designed by Preston Scott Cohen the new building was described by the New York Times as “an elongated Rubik’s Cube doused with bleach” and features a facade comprising of 465 flat, interlocking, precast concrete panels of different shapes and sizes. Inside are five floors of art over 19,000sq meters in size, three above ground and two below, linked by an 87-foot atrium, a lightwell which floods the art and gallery spaces in light.
Tel Aviv Museum of Art by Flickr user naama
A ticket to the musem also includes entry to the Helena Rubenstein Pavilion, a space which showcases the cutting edge of the Israeli contemporary art scene. Its exhibitions include political and social messages expressed through art in a building or architectural interest.
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art also shows alternative foreign films in its cinema and concerts in the auditorium.