In addition to its numerous theaters and museums, Tel Aviv is home to many artists whose works can be seen at galleries large and small throughout the city. These include the well-known Gordon Gallery, the Dan Gallery with its wide-open exhibition space, a gallery founded by the kibbutz movement and one in a building slated for demolition. Here are some highly recommended places to visit.
The Gordon Gallery, one of Israel’s leading galleries, has one of the 10 largest private collections of Israeli art – some of it on long-term loan to the Israel Museum, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Ramat Gan Museum of Israeli Art and the Monart Center in Ashdod. One goal of the gallery is to provide a seal of quality to Israeli modernism by presenting an array of distinguished artists that spans the generations. Since 2013, the Gordon Gallery, under the direction of Amon Yariv, has begun to expand internationally, taking part in art fairs and representing young artists from around the world.
Hapelech 6. Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 11:00-18:00, Friday 10:00-14:00, Saturday 10:00-13:00
Hazerem 5 location opening August 30.
The Israel Painters and Sculptors’ Association was founded in 1934 to assist artists, and in 1945 the Artists’ House became its home. Workshops on painting, drawing, printing and more were offered here. In 2002, the association and the Artists’ House began operating as separate entities, and today the Artists’ House functions both as an urban art gallery and a center for art classes. It contains a number of galleries that stage new exhibitions monthly, including solo shows and group shows by top Israeli and international artists. Sculpture exhibitions are held in the outdoor plaza and special projects in the building itself. Its stated mission is to showcase veteran artists alongside up-and-coming young creators, and to collaborate with other art institutions in Israel and abroad.
Elharizi 9. Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:00-13:00, 17:00-19:00, Friday 10:00-13:00, Saturday 11:00-14:00
The Sommer gallery of contemporary art is located in a historic building on Rothschild Boulevard. The gallery hosts present-day Israeli artists and promotes their work in Israel and abroad, mounts exhibitions by international artists, and has a curator exchange program. There are two exhibition spaces – a central space and a projects room devoted to works by young artists. The gallery also organizes lectures and seminars and hosts film screenings and other cultural events, making it an active cultural center.
Rothschild 13. Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:00-18:00, Friday 10:00-14:00, Saturday 11:00-13:00
The Alfred Gallery is a cooperative with a membership of several artists who take an active part in every aspect of its activities, including curating, operations and of course presenting exhibitions. It provides a supportive and dynamic environment for artists to present their work. The gallery facilitates the personal artistic growth of each of its members and of the guest artists whose work is shown there, and thus helps expand the Tel Aviv art world.
Chelouche Lane 5. Hours: Wednesday-Thursday 17:00-21:00, Friday 10:00-14:00, Saturday 11:00-15:00
The Dan Gallery exhibits Israeli art in a large, open space. Its exhibitions encompass contemporary, modern and classical art, and twice a year there is an exhibition dedicated to an artist of the staff’s choosing, usually a young contemporary artist.
Ben Yehuda 124. Hours: Sunday-Thursday 10:30-19:00, Friday 10:30-14:00
The Gabirol Gallery is an innovative compound located in a building scheduled for demolition. It is run by the city’s arts department; about 70 artists work in its various spaces. Since the threat of eviction is continually hovering, the gallery, with its peeling walls, has a subversive feel. It presents shows by young artists and curators, and for many of them, this is their first shot at an exhibition.
Ibn Gabirol 108. Hours: Sunday-Thursday 16:00-21:00, Friday 10:00-14:00, Saturday 10:30-15:30
The Kibbutz Gallery was founded by the Kibbutz Movement. In the early 1990s, it was on the verge of closing down when a decision was made to renovate the gallery and open it to artists who are not kibbutz members. Since then the gallery has provided a platform to young and experimental artists and promoted artists from the country’s periphery, maintaining its focus on Israeli art and culture. The gallery is also involved in collaborations with dozens of galleries on kibbutzim throughout the country.
Dov Hoz 25. Hours: Monday-Thursday 11:00-15:00, 16:00-18:00, Friday 11:00-14:00