Past Exhibitions

Tel Aviv Museum of Art visits Berlin

Tel Aviv Museum of Art visits Berlin
at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin



Martin-Gropius-Bau invited the Tel Aviv Museum of Art to mark 50 years of diplomatic relations between Israel and Germany with an exhibition from its collection. The initiative was welcomed with great enthusiasm, especially as this show is the first event to reveal the richness of the Museum’s collections outside Israel.
Offering a broad view of its multifaceted holdings, the exhibition allows a peek into the history of the Museum, from its beginnings in the home of Tel Aviv's first mayor, Meir Dizengoff, in 1932, to its impressive Herta and Paul Amir Building, inaugurated in 2011; it chronicles its collection, from the first works to its recent acquisitions. Berlin art historian Dr. Karl Schwarz, who became the Museum’s first director one year after its founding, and headed it until 1947, was a driving force in its development. Numerous significant works entered the collection during his tenure, several of which are displayed here.
The exhibition features 72 works chosen from three major departments: Modern Art, Prints and Drawings, and Israeli Art. The show extends through ten galleries, each devoted to a different theme. It strives to juxtapose the works in unexpected ways, assembling them in new and intriguing relationships. The underlying concept is a dialogue between modern art and contemporary Israeli art, addressing personal, social, and political issues. Thus, works by modern masters, such as Alexander Archipenko, Marc Chagall, Erich Heckel, Alberto Giacometti, Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Egon Schiele, and Lesser Ury, are interspersed with video works and installations by up-and-coming Israeli artists like Yael Bartana, Guy Ben-Ner, Nevet Yitzhak, Nira Pereg, and Michal Helfman, generating surprising visual and medium connections, and suggesting new readings of the works. The Museum’s recent acquisitions of contemporary Israeli art reflect the changes undergone by Israeli society at present, such as responses to instability in the region, the desire to bridge the gap between art and life, references to history from a current perspective, and the extensive use of new technologies.



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Special Interview with Suzanne Landau — Director and Chief Curator


Thursday 26 March 2015


Sunday 21 June 2015


Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin.


Ellen Ginton; Irith Hadar; Raz Samira

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  • Pablo Picasso, Torso of woman, 1953 ©Succession Picasso 2018
  • Nira Pereg, Sabbath, 2008
  • Guy Ben–Ner, Treehouse Kit, 2005
  • Marcel van Eeden, from the series Dizengoff's Commission, 2013
  • Soutine Haim, Landscape of montmarte, ca. 1919
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