Israeli art galleries are chock-full of local and international Jewish art, boasting talents from all walks of life who use Jewish motifs, biblical inspiration and ancient symbolism in their progressive works. Museums and galleries from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem host both burgeoning and veteran artists, showcasing their work in innovative and interactive ways. Here are our top choices for all those art lovers and Judaica enthusiasts out there.
Stunning Jewish art spaces in Israel
Using murals, reconstructions, dioramas, audio-visual displays, documentary films, and interactive multimedia presentations, Beit Hatfutsot conveys to the world the fascinating narrative of the Jewish people and the essence of the Jewish culture, faith, purpose, and deed while presenting the contribution of world Jewry to humanity.
Unique for a number of reasons, the Eretz Israel Museum is especially unusual because its grounds encompass the archeological site of Tel Qasile, dating back to the 12th century B.C.E. The museum houses impressive, permanent collections of coins, mosaics, and Jewish folkloric objects from various periods and regions.
A museum commemorating the deeds of non-Jews who helped the State of Israel and the Jewish people over recent generations. Cutting-edge exhibitions pay special attention to light and shadow, frontal lighting, three-dimensional structuring of maps and displays of unique lighting effects. A remarkable experience for all the senses.
Bialik House is the home of Israel’s beloved Hebrew national poet, Haim Nachman Bialik. Even though the poetry is in Hebrew, the house is an architectural paradise highly influenced by Islamic style. Along with archives of Bialik’s original work, the house features ceramic art depicting biblical scenes.
Arguably Israel’s most magnificent cultural asset, the Israel Museum is consistently ranked among the world’s leading art and archaeology museums. Housing encyclopedic collections with works dating from prehistory to the present day in archaeology, fine art, and Jewish art, this is the place to get schooled on Israel’s 5,000-year history.
A gem of a museum tucked away in the city center that is dedicated to preserving documentation and artwork concerning Jewish life in Italy over the better part of the past millennium. A number of temporary exhibits are held throughout the year covering a wide range of topics related to Italian Jewry, as well as conferences, concerts, and guided tours suitable for all ages and interest
Covering seminal events in Jewish history, the museum contains an extensive collection of artifacts from ancient Egypt, Canaan, Syria, Anatolia, Mesopotamia and Persia. Exhibits are arranged in chronological order granting the visitor a clear understanding of how various cultures evolved and interacted with one another.
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. They had the honor of hosting Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 2004, in conjunction with a presentation of rare photographs taken of him during the Yom Kippur war. Their main focus is on vintage Israeli posters, 20th century Israeli and International fine art, 20th century modern and contemporary paintings and sculptures, Jewish and Israeli art including "Ecole de Paris," Judaica and Israeliana, Bezalel work, photographs and rare Jewish prints.