Collection

Modern and Contemporary Art

Tel Aviv Museum of Art's collection of international modern and contemporary art encompasses works from the middle of the 19th century to the present. It features the harbingers and formative movements of European Modernism, from Impressionism and Post-Impressionism in the latter half of the 19th century, to the avant-garde tendencies of the first decades of the 20th century: Fauvism, Cubism, German Expressionism, different forms of expressive and geometric abstraction, and Surrealism.
The collection comprises art from the second half of the 20th century: European Art Informel and American Abstract Expressionism, prevalent in the 1950s; various forms of concise, reductive abstraction; the return to reality in European Nouveau Réalisme and American Pop art; Conceptual art and Arte Povera of the 1960s; as well as a variety of postmodern and contemporary works informed by eclecticism typical of current art practices.
Highlights in the collection include: a group of early works by Russian avant-garde artist Alexander Archipenko, created from 1908 to 1921; a selection of unique paintings by Marc Chagall; masterpieces by Gustav Klimt and Wassily Kandinsky; works from various periods by Pablo Picasso; notable examples by Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Roy Lichtenstein, Gerhard Richter, Francis Bacon, Anish Kapoor, Anselm Kiefer, Ghada Amer, Peter Doig, and Annette Messager.