Sure, contemporary art is sometimes unfathomable. But the contemporary art scene doesn’t have to be. Tel Aviv’s arty locals from the Cool Cousin community dish about some of their favorite art venues in town.
Sarah, Founder of Oh-So-Arty,Sarah,
Recommends Dvir Gallery
I worked at this contemporary art gallery for four years, and I'm still very connected with its amazing team and artists. This is one of the most established galleries in Israel, founded in the 80s and working with both Israeli and international artists. They are participating in important Art fairs, like Art Basel and exhibitions around the world. The gallery itself is spectacular: 3 large spaces in a building from the 70s in the up-and-coming South Tel Aviv. Dvir, who is the founder of the gallery, curates most of the shows, and has a very specific taste and line, minimalistic and conceptual and always very powerful and poetic. A MUST!
Iris, Art Curator
Recommends Leonardo Art
I have been the curator and manager of the Shiff collection - one of the largest private art collections in Israel - for the last three years. In the Leonardo Art Hotel you can find an exhibition of 300 selected artworks from the collection, including new additions to the collection that change periodically. It’s worth a visit for art lovers and pretty much all the rest. Contact me if you want to go and I’ll be happy to show you around. The main focus of the collection in recent years has been Figurative Realist art. In the exhibition there are very diverse works on the Figurative scale. Amongst the artists there are prominent and emerging ones, some international but mostly Israeli artists. Guided tours are available in Hebrew, English, Russian and French. The two hour tour includes either coffee & cake, breakfast in front of the seascape or my favorite option - cocktails and appetizers by the hotel rooftop pool, which regardless is one of the best looking pools in Tel Aviv and is worth checking out.
Under a Thousand Gallery and Artemisia are two art galleries, located one opposite the other, which offer you a chance to see and own affordable and fresh art with a more loosened-up approach to what is considered art and who is considered an artist. At Less Than 1,000 you'll find affordable art (less than 1,000 NIS per artwork). Artemisia is about empowering female artists and women in general with exhibitions and events from and for women.
Recommends Tel Aviv museum of Art
In the last few years, the Tel Aviv museum has been extended with a new geometrical extension made out of exposed concrete. It houses a gallery for designing and architecture, a photography gallery and galleries which house the changing exhibitions. The museum is huge, and I can never see the whole thing. Unfortunately, I don’t get there very often, but only when I know there's an interesting exhibition I need to see, and then I just keep walking in the museum on the way, and see some more exhibitions. It's recommended to see the regular collection of modern art that's presented in the museum. After visiting the museum, it's nice to get something to eat at Heder HaOhel (the dining room), a restaurant with good food that's right across from the new part of the museum.
This is my place. If you're a creative type, it's the perfect place to stay in. A boutique guesthouse that brings together the creative industries and does exclusive events with some of the best talents around. We also rent out for various artistic productions and events.
Sleep. Attend an event, an exhibition opening, or a live music show. Buy art from the best up and coming artists.