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
Designed by architect Joseph Berlin, this building is not only a stand-out example of neoclassical architecture in 1920s Tel Aviv, but also houses some of the country’s most curious contemporary art pieces. Chelouche Gallery presents a large variety of work, ranging from video art to sculpture, installation and photography.
Since its opening in 1999, Sommer Contemporary Art gallery has been committed to promoting Israeli artists in the international art scene, as well as representing and exhibiting leading international artists in Israel and abroad. In the gallery's project room ‘S2,’ young curators receive an opportunity to put on small scale exhibitions of emerging artists.
Hezi Cohen Gallery has a philosophical edge. Exhibiting work that borrows from contemporary discourse while at the same time aspiring to influence it, the gallery supports artistic endeavors that challenge existing definitions. The gallery’s cool interior reflects these lofty goals.
This narrow, two-story space on a palm lined street in Tel Aviv’s prestigious Bauhaus district is laden with provocative and often outright comedic works by prominent and promising Israeli artists. Aside from the gallery’s main space, you can also find a project room where budding artists develop their debut exhibitions.
As Israel's leading contemporary art dealer, the Dvir Gallery is open to the public with many live events per year. For over twenty years, the gallery has been promoting and discovering contemporary Israeli artists. Over a decade ago they began representing international artists as well, turning this gallery into an internationally respected community in the art world.
On top of the usual art exhibited in Israeli galleries, the Farkash Gallery goes above and beyond with out-of-the-box additions. They bring a unique twist to the Jewish art scene with collections of rare original Israeli posters covering a range of topics like Tourism, Advertisements, Israeli movies and Military. Throughout the years, the gallery has exhibited its artwork in numerous international exhibitions and has also gained high recognition within Israel itself.
Braverman Gallery places its artistic emphasis on contemporary art, and specifically on video and installation art. The gallery was established in 2004 and has since become an active and leading member in the contemporary art scene.
The Litvak Contemporary gallery is the latest addition to the art scene in the bustling industrial Tel Aviv district. Since its inception, the gallery has featured Israeli and international artists—both veteran and up-and-coming— who use all kinds of mediums. Their big sister, Litvak Gallery, cooperates with the world's leading galleries, curators, and consultants in regards to international art. So, in conjunction with this, in addition to introducing art to the public, Litvack Contemporary focuses on exposing contemporary Israeli artists to collectors and art lovers in Europe, the United States and China.
1966: Gordon gallery opens its doors, quickly making a name for itself as Tel Aviv’s top Israeli art space. 2012: Gordon Gallery 2, its modern younger sister, bursts onto the art scene with contemporary art for the next generation. 2016: the Gallery receives the perfect 50th anniversary present: a third space in South Tel Aviv. Amon Yariv, owner of the gallery, explains: "The new space was designed to allow the gallery—which represents the best of Israeli contemporary artists—to develop a diverse international plan and enable a dialogue with leading international artists.”
Hidden in the alleyways of Jaffa, this unique gallery features lectures, live music, parties, and a perpetual rotation of exhibits. The uniqueness of the Zadik Gallery is its goal to provide accessible art at affordable prices.
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.