In the good old days, when we could still travel the world, I came across a Croatian artist in one if my gallery hunting adventures in Europe. Upon telling him I was from Tel Aviv, I asked him if he knew the city or heard about its culture. His answer caught me by surprise: "Of course I know Tel Aviv! It's an important city for contemporary art."
Although I've lived here all my life, I was surprised by how famous our little cultural gem has become in the art scene. If you also feel you need to know more about the local art destinations, join me on this virtual stroll to Tel Aviv attractions or even better, use this guide on your next visit!
Tel Aviv Museum
Founded in 1932, Tel Aviv Museum of Art is the city's largest fine art museum and one of the most important cultural institutions in Israel. The museum displays modern and contemporary art from Israel and abroad, created by leading artists such as Andy Warhol, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Jeff Koons, whose solo exhibition is currently on display until March 2020. When visiting, don't miss the latest addition to the museum, the Herta and Paul Amir Building, which has a unique circular space, as well as the sculpture garden that features unique pieces and has a great coffee shop and an overall calm enviorment, much needed in the intense city life.
Gordon Gallery has held hundreds of exhibitions while publishing countless catalogs and art books since it was founded in 1966 on Gordon Street, Tel Aviv. The gallery is renowned for its collection of fine Israeli art, one of the largest of its kind, and for representing today's leading Israeli artists as well as several important estates. Now located between Tel-Aviv and Jaffa, Gordon has three locations: two gallery spaces and a sculpture garden, all within one block. Together, all spaces offer a comprehensive view of today's art, combined with the perspective gained from decades of exhibiting leading contemporary art.
Gordon Gallery, 5 Hazerem St. Tel Aviv.
Alon Segev Gallery
Gordon Gallery’s next door neighbor is one great companion! Since it opened, Alon Segev Gallery has gained the reputation as one of Israel’s leading contemporary art spaces. It represent young, up and coming artists alongside more well established artists. Its artistic agenda focuses on contemporary art and displaying cutting edge installation pieces in addition to more traditional sculptures, drawings, and paintings.
Alon Segev Gallery, Ha-Mano'a St 7, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Sommer Contemporary Art
Since its foundation in 1999, Sommer Contemporary Art has been committed to promoting Israeli artists in the international scene, as well as representing and exhibiting leading international artists. The gallery maintains a vital and ongoing dialogue with museums and publishing houses while creating meaningful exhibitions and publications. In 2016, Sommer Contemporary Art opened a pop-up space in Zurich that allows the gallery to promote its artists in and outside Europe while developing relationships with local institutions, curators and artists. Local and international curators are regularly invited to its Tel Aviv compounds to present projects specially curated for S2 project room, and to take part in research trips, exposing the gallery’s Israeli artists to international crowds.
Sommer Contemporary Art, Herzl St 16, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art
Located at the heart of Tel Aviv, Chelouche Gallery is one of the leading galleries in the country. It maintains its primacy by presenting a large variety of works, ranging from video art to sculpture, painting, installation and photography. The gallery is the home for both emerging and established Israeli artists such as Miki Kratsman, Nir Evron, Ira Eduardovna and Shai Yehezkelli, alongside international artists such as Peter Greenaway, Melanie Manchot and William Kentridge. The space extends upon four floors (600 sq) offering a variety of exhibition spaces, as well as the 'Chelouche Salon' on the top floor which hosts cultural activities, and a branch of Tola'at Sfarim (“Bookworm”) a famous bookstore-café placed on the ground floor.
Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art, Maze St 7, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Salvador Dali once said "A true artist is not one that is inspired but one who inspire others",
We're sure youll find an inspiration in those Tel Aviv art hubs and mostly, we hope we inspired you to find your art in the heart of the city.