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History and Collections

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is one of the most prestigious museums in Israel. The municipal museum was established in 1932 by Tel Aviv's first mayor, Meir Dizengoff, in his own home. Today, it is the country's most important exhibition space for modern art. Its primary focus is on late nineteenth century Impressionists as well as modern art in the first half of the twentieth century. The unique profile of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art results from its combination of works by Israeli and international artists. Suzanne Landau has been the Director of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art since 2012.


Since its inception, the collection of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art has expanded remarkably thanks to numerous donations from artists, collectors and friends from around the world. Due to this, the museum's sites and buildings have continually branched out. The Museum is currently spread over three buildings in the center of the city: the main building on Shaul Hamelech Boulevard, the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion and the Herta and Paul Amir Building, which also houses the Galerie der Deutschen Freunde. Additional exhibition spaces such as the sculpture garden are also available.


The museum sees itself as a platform for contemporary art and boundary-crossing forms of expressions such as photography, video, fashion, design and architecture. With its modern museum work, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art consciously speaks to all social strata of Israel's different ethnic groups and has a firm place in the consciousness of the general public. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art has stages and an auditorium that regularly hosts highly popular interdisciplinary cultural events, conferences, concerts, dance and film events. These attract people from far beyond the borders of Tel Aviv.


In addition to current exhibitions, the museum is home to the following collections:



  • Modern and Contemporary Art

  • Israeli Art

  • Prints and Drawings

  • Photography

  • Architecture and Design

  • Old Masters


For more information on the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, see


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