The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is Israel’s largest art museum, with an impressive collection of permanent and temporary exhibits. The Museum opened in 1932, even before the state of Israel was established, and a new wing opened in 2011. The museum showcases both Israeli and international artists, including impressionism and post-impressionism pieces. Permanently on display include the works of Cezanne, Chagall, Dali, Monet, Henri Moore, Auguste Rodin, Archipenko, Picasso, Klimt, and Kandinsky. If you plan to visit just one traditional art museum when in Israel – make it the Tel Aviv Museum of Art!
The new Herta and Paul Amir Building at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, opened in November 2011, is a visual and architectural masterpiece in itself. 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 19,000 square meters in size, three above ground and two below, linked by an 87-foot atrium and a lightwell which floods the art and gallery spaces in light.
A ticket to the museum also includes entry to the Helena Rubenstein Pavilion, a space that showcases the cutting edge of the Israeli contemporary art scene. Its exhibitions include political and social messages expressed through art in a building of architectural interest.
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art also shows alternative foreign films in its cinema and concerts in the auditorium.