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The recognition of architecture and design as disciplines worthy of research and representation at an art museum emerged in the early 1990s. During that time, several exhibitions held at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art were motivated by an interdisciplinary approach that examined the fluid boundaries between design and art. Other exhibitions looked at architectural practice, questioning the relationship between the built environment and the power play involved in its design.

Architectural and design works in the Museum collection reflect the exhibitions it has presented over the years, also including gifts from designers and manufacturers. The express diverse aspects of the political and material culture. The collection includes works by local and international creators in the fields of industrial design, jewelry, textile, and ceramics. Among them are Irit Abba, Ron Arad, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Fernando and Humberto Campana, Attai Chen, Gali Cnaani, Chanan de Lange, Charles and Ray Eames, Ron Gilad, Konstantin Grcic, Tal Gur, Zvi Hecker, Hella Jongerius, Yaacov Kaufman, Esther Knobel, Enzo Mari, Gaetano Pesce, and Ayala Serfaty.

Attai Chen,View, brooch, 2009
Silver, enamel, wood, stainless steel, 8.7×7.1×5.7 cm

Courtesy of Mr. Charles Bronfman, Andy Prize for Contemporary Crafts
© Attai Chen

Yaacov Kaufman, The Visitors, lamp, 2002
Aluminum, nylon threads, polycarbonate sheets, rubber, paper, 242×162×135 cm

Purchased through the gift of the Nelfort Foundation
© Yaacov Kaufman

Tal Gur, Sarah 100, lamp, 1998
Polyethylene, 115×60×27 cm

Gift of the designer
© Tal Gur

Konstantin Grcic, May Day, lamp, 1998
Polypropylene, 53×21 cm

Purchased through the gift of the Nelfort Foundation
© Konstantin Grcic 

Shirly Bar-Amotz, Pendant from the Happy Days series, 2012
Copper, Teflon coating, pearls, epoxy resin, 4×4×4 cm

Courtesy of Mr. Charles Bronfman, Andy Prize for Contemporary Crafts
© Shirly Bar-Amotz

Gali Cnaani, Greenish Shirt, 2013
Cotton and wool, 80×80 cm

Courtesy of Mr. Charles Bronfman, Andy Prize for Contemporary Crafts
© Gali Cnaani

Gaetano Pesce, Knife, lamp, 1989–91
Bronze, 118×20×38 cm

Courtesy of Gaetano Pesce's office
© Courtesy of Gaetano Pesce's office

Ayala Serfaty, Aqua Regia, floor lamp, 1997
Silk, metal, h 150 cm

Purchased through the gift of the Shlomo Lahat Foundation
© Serfaty Ayala

Ron Gilad, Lamp, 2001
Wood, paper, metal coil, 28×2×2 cm

Purchased through the gift of the Shlomo Lahat Foundation
© Ron Gildad

Raviv Lifshitz, Moonlight, lamp, 2003
Blown-up balloon within support frame, 43×40×40 cm

Gift of the designer
© Raviv Lifshitz

The recognition of architecture and design as disciplines worthy of research and representation at an art museum emerged in the early 1990s. During that time, several exhibitions held at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art were motivated by an interdisciplinary approach that examined the fluid boundaries between design and art. Other exhibitions looked at architectural practice, questioning the relationship between the built environment and the power play involved in its design.

Architectural and design works in the Museum collection reflect the exhibitions it has presented over the years, also including gifts from designers and manufacturers. The express diverse aspects of the political and material culture. The collection includes works by local and international creators in the fields of industrial design, jewelry, textile, and ceramics. Among them are Irit Abba, Ron Arad, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Fernando and Humberto Campana, Attai Chen, Gali Cnaani, Chanan de Lange, Charles and Ray Eames, Ron Gilad, Konstantin Grcic, Tal Gur, Zvi Hecker, Hella Jongerius, Yaacov Kaufman, Esther Knobel, Enzo Mari, Gaetano Pesce, and Ayala Serfaty.

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