Doron Rabina Appointed Chief Curator of Tel Aviv Museum of Art

45-year-old Israeli is an award-winning artist who has previously spoken out against right-wing ‘repression’ of art studies.

Doron Rabina, Tel Aviv Museum of Art's new chief curator.
Rami Maimon

Israeli artist Doron Rabina has been named chief curator of Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and will assume his position in the next few months.

Suzanne Landau, who is currently serving as both director and chief curator, will remain as the museum’s director.

Rabina, 45, is also a writer and curator, and headed the Midrasha College of Art at Beit Berl from 2009 to 2014. For eight years prior to that, he was chief curator of the Midrasha school’s gallery in Tel Aviv.

In 2013, he established Hayarkon 19, an art, culture and education center in Tel Aviv, which was sponsored by the Midrasha.

In 2004, he represented Israel at the Sao Paulo Art Biennial in Brazil. He is also a recipient of the Wolf Foundation’s Kiefer Prize for Young Artists and the culture minister’s art prize.

Rabina was headhunted by the museum’s recruitment panel after a public process failed to find a suitable candidate last summer. Rabina had not applied for the post.

Landau cited Rabina’s “fresh and innovative approach” as one reason for his selection, saying he combined a “broad perspective and deep thinking about Israeli and international art.

“I am also confident Doron will contribute greatly in leading his plans for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art as the central and leading modern and contemporary art institution in Israel, in addition to strengthening its standing in the international art world,” Landau added.

Rabina admitted it was “an exciting and complicated time to take on a leading position in the culture field in Israel.” Noting the global changes occurring in the fields of culture, technology and politics, he added, “The institution of the museum finds itself in an entirely new reality that challenges its character, role and goals.”

Back in 2012, Rabina told Haaretz’s Doron Halutz that art creates critical thought, which is why “the right wing represses art studies in every possible way – as part of a strategy of silencing things. In our time, art equals democracy. This is one of the crucial struggles we need to engage in now.”

In addition to Landau, the recruitment committee was comprised of Haim Samet, deputy chairman of the museum’s board of directors; Rivka Saker, the founder of Sotheby’s Israel and the Artis nonprofit art organization; Doron Sebbag, who heads the museum’s exhibitions and collections committee; and Carmela Rubin, who is a member of the exhibitions and collections committee, and director of the Reuven Rubin Museum in Tel Aviv.