When it comes to contemporary design, Israelis do two things very well: fashion and art. From photography and sculpture to painting and multimedia works, Israeli art galleries are rife with burgeoning talents and veteran artists, championing both local and international names. For even more art exhibits and specialized lectures on modern-day muses, spend a day at one of Israel's museums or even go to Ein Hod, a unique artists' village in northern Israel, and one of the country's top attractions.
The best galleries in Tel Aviv
Since its grand opening in 1966, Gordon Gallery has played a major role in the emergence of Israel’s contemporary art scene by bringing today’s artists to the forefront and pushing forward leading names such as Yair Garbuz, Raffi Lavie, and Uri Lifshitz. It quickly made a name for itself, and now is considered to be one of Israel's best galleries.
In the heart of Tel Aviv, the Alon Segev gallery displays the work of both young and established artists. As one of the leading contemporary galleries in Israel, it exhibits and represents artists who work and live in both Israel and abroad.
Litvak Gallery showcases Israeli and international artists in the field of glass art and multimedia. The gallery’s 800-meter space utilizes technologically advanced lighting and sound systems, making it one of the most high-tech galleries in the world.
Almacén Cultural Centre opened its doors in August and is, in fact, more than a cultural center; it is a gallery, a meeting point and a space to create, to connect and to interact with the community. A place, according to Almacén’s creators Malu Zayon and Yaniv Lachman, “to dream”. The cultural center functions as a multi-disciplinary storage space, hosting various activities: exhibitions, music shows, workshops, lectures and more.
Artspace Tel Aviv visitor’s center and gallery is an interactive, non-profit space dedicated to supporting the local art scene in Kiryat HaMelacha. With a focus on contemporary art, their mission is to bring artists and the public closer together through meaningful interactions. Artspace shifts the spotlight off traditional, veteran artists and places the young, up-and-coming community on the podium. This friendly and open place welcomes artists, curators, and visitors to mingle and learn from each other. The creative spirit in this magical place is contagious.
This gallery first started in London under the name Stern art dealers. In 1971, Meir Stern immigrated to Tel Aviv where he opened his newest establishment, Stern Gallery. From the getgo, Stern Gallery exhibited the most established names in Jewish and Israeli art from all over the world, and it didn’t take long for him to assume prominence in the Israeli art market scene. Stern prides himself on professionalism, reliability and only the highest quality of Jewish art and artists.
Commercializing an essentially anti-establishment outdoor art form runs the risk of compromising its character. Yet, bringing them indoors assures the works’ permanence, allows admirers to own them and helps the artists monetize their talent.
Har-El is a fine art gallery and print workshop, producing special editions and artists’ books featuring top contemporary Israeli artists and plenty of renowned international talent. The gallery also hosts lectures on printmaking, and has a range of workshops where visitors can gain hands-on experience in artistic disciplines.
Inga Gallery is constantly pushing boundaries to insure they deliver the most innovative and relevant artists and artwork. Art enthusiasts, or those looking to fulfill their inner art snob need not look any further. From the moment you enter the concrete minimalist gallery, get ready to be impressed with the constantly changing exhibitions.
Florentin45 nurtures emerging talent and attracts leading Israeli artists from the national and international art scene. Its relocation to South Tel Aviv marked a paradigm shift in the artistic landscape. Florentin45 functions as a natural meeting place for artists and art lovers, and has become an integral extension of the vibrant Israeli art scene.
The best galleries in Jerusalem
Whether exhibiting established or emerging artists, the gallery’s creative director Nogah Davidson curates only the highest quality art. Located in the exclusive King David Street area, Rosenbach Contemporary is at the forefront of the conversation surrounding contemporary art in Jerusalem.
Located in the historic building that was once home to the city’s famous Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, this dynamic center today exhibits varied works by both Israeli and international artists.
Espace Dix is an art space that exhibits the work of contemporary Israeli artists. Located in the Nahlaot neighborhood, the gallery aims to display artists whose work expresses what we feel and what we keep silent. The gallery contains an eclectic mix of work chosen by personal encounters. Founded by two lifelong art lovers, guests are welcomed to come and find the beauty that only art can illuminate.
Since opening in 2005, Barbour Gallery, located in the Nachlaot neighborhood of central Jerusalem, has sought to bring art to the community in various forms, including visual arts, theater, poetry, music, dance, and architecture. The independent art space boasts monthly changing exhibitions, weekly film screenings, a community garden, and a small lending library.
Founded in 1981 in San Francisco, Vision Gallery made Jerusalem its home in 1998. Israel’s premier fine art photography gallery features the work of artist Neil Folberg, as well as photographers from around the world. It showcases an eclectic mix of fine art photography, displaying a vast collection of both vintage and cotemporary work. Inside, you will find everything from classic landscape photography and photojournalism to bold contemporary images. Located in a restored 100-year-old stone building, the space encompasses the spirit of Jerusalem; mixing the historic with the contemporary.
Jerusalem House of Quality has been showcasing Jerusalem artists and art for over 50 years. Located in a historic building, it features a vast collection of ancient and contemporary art in a wide range of mediums. Visitors are welcome to participate in tours focusing on the history of Jerusalem, the city’s unique art, and more. The gallery also hosts conferences, lectures, cultural, and musical events. The Jerusalem House of Quality aims to keep artists in Jerusalem in order to maintain a vibrant cultural scene in the city.
Presenting works by young immigrants, artists with special needs, and Arab artists among others, this gallery was founded to give local artists a space to display their work. Located on the ‘seam’ between the eastern and western parts of the city, the gallery is dedicated to creativity, peace, and pluralism.
At the heart of Mishkenot Sha’ananim’s Konrad Adenauer Conference Center is the Dwek Gallery, a public, non-profit art venue. It exhibits contemporary art by both emerging and established artists, focusing on the local Jerusalem art scene. The changing exhibits include various mediums, like photography, painting, video art, and other forms. It has single artist and group showings, chosen to correlate with the theme of conferences at the center. Dwek Gallery has a deep commitment to dialogue, tolerance and pluralism, which it tries to reflect in its exhibits. Admission is free to the public.
This is an artists’ cooperative featuring works by fifteen contemporary artists. The vision of the group is to grow into a local, countrywide, and international network of independent groups who contribute to broadening the art discourse and impacting the art world’s political and commercial elements.