George Bernard Shaw once said that one uses a glass mirror to see one’s face as one uses works of art to see one’s soul. In this case Tel Aviv’s soul is very modern, chichi and contemporary.
Tel Aviv Art is neither patronized nor sacred. It mingles with the everyday life routine on street corners and amazes in national museums and private galleries.
The arty heart of Israel represents the country internationally and organizes Art Fairs every year to promote its young artists and to display work in any possible urban space.
Tel Aviv Art Rocks!
Tel Aviv is a place where art lovers will never get bored and the options are limitless. No other city in the world has so many museums per capita and the gallery list is endless, from the leading Sommer to the relatively new Rawart Gallery with its large collection of art works from young promising artists.
I find the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion a real gem of the city. Located in the Habima complex, it is home to Israeli contemporary art showing the most acclaimed Israeli artists. Exhibitions change frequently. Exposing new artists and styles to crowds and allowing everyone to appreciate the evolution of the country’s art scene. Still managing to shock while fearlessly crossing the borders of people’s mentality. It displays works which would be banned from many museums around the world.
The pavilion is a part of the Tel Aviv Art Museum. The museum’s main emphasis is on Israeli art, but it holds a wide collection of European art, including such works as Picasso’s Musketeer with a Pipe and my beloved Friederike Maria Beer’s portrait by Klimt, Kees van Dongen, Matisse, Renoir and many others.
Currently being displayed is the amazing exhibition ‘Bullfighting’, with more than one hundred of Picasso’s drawings dedicated to the theme of the corrida. The recently opened new wing – the Herta and Paul Amir Building – is what the people are talking about all over the city.
Curators, art dealers and art lovers flew in from all over the globe to see the opening exhibition. The awe-inspiring five-storey building, filled with temporary exhibitions, offers a peek into the vibrant world of art in Israel through the work of its finest artists – the works of Pierre Alechinsky, Avigdor Stematsky and Khen Shish, and of photographers such as Thomas Ruff, Isaac Julien and Micha Kirshner. And most charming of all is the ‘Arab with a Flower’ painting by Pinchas Litvinovsky.
Tel Aviv art lovers received a wonderful gift just before 2012, which was declared the Year of Art in Israel. If you are looking for specific info about art museums, event and galleries in Tel Aviv you will love my Tel Aviv Guide I published recently.