Tel Aviv Museum of Art Adds Splendid New Wing

Herta and Paul Amir building at night. Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Photo: Israel Ministry of Tourism.

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is home to a comprehensive collection of Israeli artworks representing all major trends and artists.

The museum’s new Herta and Paul Amir Building opened to the public in November 2011 after a series of special events, including concerts, an architecture symposium and a gala ceremony led by Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Herta and Paul Amir Gallery. Photo: Israel Ministry of Tourism.

Designed by Preston Scott Cohen, the 195,000-square-foot concrete-and-glass building combines Mendelsohn and Bauhaus architecture styles, and doubles the size of Israel’s largest contemporary art museum. The museum is centered around a spiraling 87-foot-high atrium known as the “Lightfall” and features five levels with rectangular galleries using natural light.

A selection of some 250 works by Israeli artists dating from 1906 to the present will be on view at the Amir Building, creating the country’s largest permanent installation of Israeli art. The Amir Building is also currently hosting an array of art, photography and design exhibitions, including:

  • Utopias of Expressionism and Cure by Expression: A pair of exhibitions featuring a selection of print and photographic works from the museum’s German Expressionism collection
  • Library by Chanan DeLange and Circle by Yaakov Kaufman: Exhibitions focusing on Israeli design
  • Five Moments: Trajectories in the Architecture of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art: Organized by guest curators Jascha Grobman and Ariel Blonder. This display explores the historical context of the design of the major structures of the museum ranging from the original Dizengoff House (1932) to the new Herta and Paul Amir Building

“The opening of the Herta and Paul Amir Building was a monumental event that has further established Tel Aviv as one of the world’s leading art and travel destinations,” said Haim Gutin, Israel Commissioner of Tourim, North and South America, “and exemplifies the city’s commitment to the arts and its prominence as Israel’s capital of culture.”

The museum will also host a site-specific exhibition entitled Shevirat Ha-Kelim: The Breaking of the Vessels, featuring new works by Anselm Kiefer, including large-scale paintings, sculptures, woodcuts and installations based on the themes of Jewish history and mysticism.

Visit the museum’s website here.

Source: Israel Ministry of Tourism.

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