Museum of Art, Tel Aviv-Yafo
The Tel-Aviv Museum of Art has a very interesting collection of 19th and 20th century European paintings. Impressionists are well represented, with Renoir, Monet and others, all the way to Van-Gogh, Cezanne, Picasso, Mondrian and more. Jewish art and Jewish themes are represented by Chagall and others.
Besides the permanent collection, there are always interesting temporary exhibitions of contemporary Israeli art. There are guided tours and galkery talks, and in the museum's auditoriums concerts are held and quality movies are shown.
A new and modern addition, the Herta and Paul Amir building, is connected to the original museum by a walkway (see separate tip).
The entrance ticket also includes entrance to the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion, located about 10 minutes away from the main museum complex (near Ha-Bima Theater).
TAMA is one of 3 world class visual art museums in Israel (the Israel Museum and the Herzliya Museum of Art the others). It may not spring to mind in the same way that MOMA, the Tate, Louvre does, but TAMA has a few surprises up its sleeve when you wander through its hallowed marbled interior.
A big, concrete bunker with many additions added to it over the years (founded in 1931), natural light and space abounds, hugely complementary to most works of art (although smaller rooms are available for more intimate exhibitions). The work is a real mix - and this is where the surprises are to be had - especially on the 1st floor: private collections have been donated to the Gallery. The history of modern art is to be found here - every conceivable artist (and a few inconceivable ones) to be found - 19th century Impressionists, 20th century Fauvists, Cubists, Expressionists etc are represented.
But they have enough space to present not only the permanent collection but also a number of interesting contemporary exhibitions. Generally, there is a focus on Israeli and Jewish work, but not exclusively. It's great to see such an important museum supporting living artists - in April 2007, I saw an exhibition of Rothko along with work by Israeli photographer Barry Frydlender, a 20 year retrospective of Israeli Nurit David, Ra'anan Levy, an Israeli living in France and, in the seperate Helena Rubenstein Pavillion, an amazing exhibition by Adi Nes. Contemporary Israeli art is internationally highly respected - Sigalit Landau, Adi Nes, Uri Gersht, Yehudit Sassportes are just a few names who have had major exhibitions at TAMA before moving on to the international arena with considerable acclaim.
The huge new extension has now opened, incorporating new galleries small and large, a new cafe, auditorium and a section to be devoted to design and architecture. The design of the new extension is on the monumental side which is somewhat overpowering. Great galleries but the access spaces and corridors are huge.
In addition, the Museum hosts an arthouse cinema (approx 150 seats) and the 520 seat Racanti Hall and the 200 seat Kauffman-Gitter Auditorium, both of which present world class classical and jazz music.
Entrance Fee (Museum): NIS 48 - but also various discounts.
Opening hours: Mon & Wed, 10am-4pm: Tues & Thurs, 10am-10pm: Fri, 10am-2pm: Sat 10am-4pm (closed Sun)
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is the main museum in Tel-Aviv and one of the largest in Israel. There are not only Israeli art exhibitions here but also some international arts that presenting local and foreign artists.
The Museum does not allow you to take photos indoors, but I took a few of the entrance area, as you can see it is a great expanse of concrete set in the middle of the city. It does have some works by the best Israeli artists, like Agam, so if you enjoy museums it is okay.
A visit to the museum of Art of TA is really interesting if you are an art lover. Very nice pieces especially of French painters like gauguin. Also some work of Belgian artists like James Ensor
Paid 21 NIS for entrance (on Sat.) but the price written on the board was 42 NIS. Beware !
Tel Aviv has Israel's leading art museum including many european masterpieces along with the best collection of Israeli art in the country.