Mark Rothko No

Mark Rothko, No. 24 (Untitled), 1951. Oil on canvas, 236.9 x 120.7. Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Gift of The Mark Rothko Foundation, Inc., New York, through the American Friends of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 1986 © Kate Rothko-Prizel & Christopher Rothko / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015 / Photo Avraham Hay.

BERLIN.- On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of German-Israeli diplomatic relations, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art sent 72 works from its collection to Berlin. The works were selected from three major departments: Modern Art, Prints and Drawings, and Israeli Art. The accent of the exhibition lies on the art of the modern era and is supplemented by contemporary media art from Israel. Thus, works by artists such as Alexander Archipenko, Max Beckmann, Marc Chagall, Edgar Degas, Erich Heckel, Alberto Giacometti, Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, Ludwig Meidner, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Egon Schiele and Lesser Ury are being displayed, while video works, installations form a counterpoint to them. 

Pablo Picasso Bust of a Woman, 1953

Pablo Picasso, Bust of a Woman, 1953. Oil on panel, 91.5 x 72.5. Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Bequest of Marya Rubinstein Bernard-Adir, New York, in memory of Dr. Bernard Bernard, 1978 © Succession Picasso / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015 / Photo Avraham Hay.

The exhibition highlights contemporary tendencies taken by the following Israeli artists; Yael Bartana, Guy Ben-Ner, Zoya Cherkassky, Nir Evron, Raafat Hattab, Abraham Tzion Hazan, Michal Helfman, Nira Pereg, Nevet Yitzhak, Tamir Zadok. They address personal, social and political topics. 

The dialogue between classical modernity and contemporary Israeli art is part of the curatorial concept. The exhibition is curated by: Raz Samira (Curator of Modern Art), Irith Hadar (Curator of Prints and Drawings) and Ellen Ginton (Senior Curator of Israeli Art) – all from the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.  

Wassiliy Kandinsky Murnau, Landscape with Green House, 1909

Wassiliy Kandinsky, Murnau, Landscape with Green House, 1909. Oil on cardboard, 69x94. Private collection, on long-term loan to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015

Since its founding in 1932, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art has evolved from its initial collection of a few dozen items installed in Mayor Meir Dizengoff’s private residence into one of Israel’s premier art institution and major cultural center. The founding director was the Berlin art historian Karl Schwarz. He headed the museum from 1933 to 1947 and visited artists and important collectors in order to appeal to them for artworks for the fledgling institution. The collection’s growth went hand in hand with the museum’s gradual significant physical expansion into three buildings - thanks to the steadfast support of its circle of friends, benefactors and donors. 

Lesser Ury Holstein Switzerland, 1908

Lesser Ury, Holstein Switzerland, 1908. Oil on canvas, 100x70. Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Purchased through a contribution from Arieh Shenkar, 1944. Photo Elad Sarig.

The museum’s holdings are preserved, researched and displayed in permanent and changing exhibitions by seven curatorial departments: Modern Art, with major works from the second half of the 19th century to the mid-1980s that well represent main movements in European and American art; Contemporary Art, with a steadily growing number works by international artists; Israeli Art, from its formation, more than 100 years ago, to its most recent manifestations; Prints and Drawings, with examples from all periods, with special emphasis on 19th- and 20th-century art; Photography, from its inception to its contemporary configurations; Architecture and Design, in the process of building up its collection while holding up-to-date exhibitions; and Old Masters, with painting and sculpture from the 16th - 19th centuries. In addition to its renowned collections and about 30 exhibitions per year, the museum offers a rich array of cultural events, including dance, concerts, lecture series, performances, films, and diverse educational programs for children, youth and adults.  

James Ensor, My Favorite Room, 1892

James Ensor, My Favorite Room, 1892. Oil on canvas, 80x100. Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Gift of the children of Oscar and Shulamit Fischer, Tel Aviv, 1947. In memory of their parents © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015 / Photo Avraham Hay.

Participating artists: Alexander Archipenko; Avigdor Arikha; Arie Aroch; Yael Bartana; Max Beckmann; Guy Ben-Ner; Marc Chagall; Zoya Cherkassky; Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot; Edgar Degas; Marcel van Eeden; James Ensor; Max Ernst; Nir Evron; Alberto Giacometti; Arshile Gorky; Juan Gris; Raafat Hattab; Abraham Tzion Hazan; Erich Heckel; Michal Helfman; Eva Hesse; Hans Hofmann; Marcel Janco; Alexej von Jawlensky; Wassily Kandinsky; Henri Laurens; Max Liebermann; El Lissitzky; André Masson; Ludwig Meidner; Claude Monet; Giorgio Morandi; Edvard Munch; Felix Nussbaum; Max Pechstein; Nira Pereg; Pablo Picasso; Jackson Pollock; Dante Gabriel Rossetti; Mark Rothko; Reuven Rubin; Issachar Ryback; Salomé (Wolfgang Ludwig Cihlarz); Egon Schiele; Karl Schmidt-Rottluff; Georges Seurat; Paul Signac; Chaim Soutine; Jakob Steinhardt; John Stezaker; Yves Tanguy; Lesser Ury; Maurice de Vlaminck; Nevet Yitzhak; Tamir Zadok.

Alexander Archipenko Seated Woman, 1920

Alexander Archipenko, Seated Woman, 1920. Painted plaster, h. 57. Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Gift of the Goeritz Family, London, 1956. In memory of Erich Goeritz © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015 / Photo Elad Sarig.

Max Ernst The Bewildered Planet, 1942

Max Ernst, The Bewildered Planet, 1942. Oil on canvas, 110 x 140. Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Gift of the artist, 1955 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015 / Photo Avraham Hay.

Jackson Pollock Dancers, 1946

Jackson Pollock, Dancers, 1946. Oil on canvas, 56.5 x 46. Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Gift of Peggy Guggenheim, Venice, through the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, 1954 © Pollock-Krasner Foundation / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015 / Photo Elad Sarig

Alberto Giacometti Venetian Woman IX, 1956-57

Alberto Giacometti, Venetian Woman IX, 1956-57. Bronze, h: 113.7. Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Acquisition through the Gilman Foundation, New York, with the assistance of Dina Ettinger and Tamar Rudich, 2001 © Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris + ADAGP, Paris) 2015

Guy Ben Ner Treehouse Kit, 2005

Guy Ben Ner, Treehouse Kit, 2005. Video Installation (detail). Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Purchased with the donation of Rivka Saker and Uzi Zucker Fund for Contemporary Israeli Art, through the American Friends of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2009 © Guy Ben-Ner / Photo Elad Sarig.

Marc Chagall Solitude, 1933

Marc Chagall, Solitude, 1933. Oil on canvas, 102 x 169. Tel Aviv Museum of Art. Gift of the artist, 1953 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2015 / Photo Elad Sarig.