The Tel aviv Museum of Art was established in 1932, before the establishment of the State of Israel, in the building that was the home of Meir Dizengoff, Tel Aviv's first mayor and in 1971 moved to it's current location on King Saul Avenue. The Museum is home to an extensive collection of both classical and contemporary art, with a clear emphasis on Israeli art, a sculpture garden and youth wing.
The Museum is situated in the cultural centre of the city- the Golda Meir Cultural and Art Center, where it sits alongside the Israeli Opera and Musical Theatre. The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is a hub of activity for the local arts scene and aside from it's collections, presents music, dance and film performances, as well as lectures on philosophy and art. There is also a fully-computerized art library on site that serves thousands of students, scholars and curators every year. The Museum is, without a doubt, the most comprehensive reference centre in the Middle East.
The Museum's permanent collection displays some of the leading artists from the first half of the twentieth century, as well as many of the major movements of modern art; Fauvism, German Expressionism, Cubism and Futurism, to name just a few. French art, such as Impressionists and the School of Paris, alongside key works of Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro's Surrealist creations are all displayed in the Museum.
The temporary exhibitions of individual artist's work and group shows around a common theme are a huge attraction at the Museum, offering a glimpse into the dynamic and vibrant Israeli world of art.
The Museum is also home to a small cinema- the Tel Aviv Museum Cinema- that screens foreign films which are usually highly-praised by the critics. Be sure to check that the film has English subtitles.
The Museum offers guided tours in English every Wednesday at 11:30.
address: The Tel Aviv Museum is situated at 27 King Saul Avenue (Shderot Shaul Hamelech in Hebrew)
Open Hours: Mon & Wed: 10:00-16:00, Tues & Thu: 10:00-22:00, Fri: 10:00-14:00, Sat: 10:00-16:00 Sun: Closed
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