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The 10 Best Contemporary Art Galleries In Israel

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Updated: 15 December 2016
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Israeli artists are currently responding to political, historical and religious issues by using dynamic and experimental artistic practices. As Israel’s leading art figures are strengthening relations on a global scale, there has been an influx of curators, artists, and creatives traveling to and from Israel. This rise in global exchange and emerging artists makes Israel an exciting hub of contemporary art.

Alon Segev

The Alon Segev Gallery exhibits Israeli artists with an emerging practice alongside established practitioners from Israel and abroad. Founder Alon Segev’s inclusive ethos extends to the medium the artists employ: installations, video, painting and sculpture have been variously exhibited in the white cube space. By representing Israeli artists at home and abroad, as well as exhibiting, the Alon Segev Gallery extends its artists to the reviews of a global audience, re-energising itself with a kind of accessibility that attracts world wide attention.

Braverman Gallery

Braverman Gallery Director Adi Gura places emphasis on contemporary art media, such as video and installation art. The gallery was established in 2004, and has since become an active member in the contemporary art scene, producing projects such as Kate Gilmore’s Built to Burst, which was shown at the gallery in 2010 and Uri Nir’s Accelerator at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and Tropic of Pulse at Braverman Gallery. Braverman Gallery represents Gilad Ratman, who will be showing his new site-specific work The Workshop in the Israeli pavilion at the 55th Venice Art Biennale.

Reuben Israel at Braverman Gallery
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Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art

Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art represents artists with an enormous presence within the contemporary art world. Among these artists is Ori Gersht, who has collaborated with internationally renowned institutions such as Tate Britain, Tate Modern and the Victoria and Albert Museum, Amikam Toren, who has shown in Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and Royal Academy of Arts, London. The Noga Gallery of Contemporary Art has been an enabling institution for Israel-based artists and a sounding board for the trajectory of contemporary art coming from the area.

Sommer Gallery

Sommer Gallery represents leading artists both Israeli and international. The gallery’s dedication to nascent practices is felt alongside an appreciation of established artists’ experimental works. Artists such as Wilhelm Sasnal have been represented by Sommer Gallery and exhibited locally. Founder Irit Fine Sommer has contributed to the diversity of the region’s art scene, and allowed for the exposure of alternate perspectives on Israel’s current state.

Chelouche Gallery

Chelouche Gallery is renowned for its contribution to the global art scene. In 1996 the gallery initiated International Art Encounters, which has continued on a regular basis. This collection of experiences and dialogues between international and Israeli artists, often taking the form of discussions and joint exhibitions, reflects Chelouche Gallery’s global objectives for Israeli art. The gallery building itself possesses an architectural significance that neither detracts from nor interrupts its contemporary content. Designed by the architect Joseph Berlin, the building has become a unique example of Tel Aviv architecture from the 1920s and 30s. Chelouche Gallery represents Israeli and non-Israeli artists, including William Kentridge whose exhibition I am not me, the horse is not mine, exhibited at the Tate Tanks in 2013.

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Dvir Gallery

Dvir Gallery has been specializing in contemporary art for over 30 years and focuses on the exchange between Israeli and international artists. The gallery exhibits artists such as Adel Abdessemed, Miroslaw Balka and Mircea Cantor. Shilpa Gupta exhibited with Dvir Gallery in 2012. Lawrence Weiner has participated in group shows alongside Douglas Gordon and has exhibited at the Dvir Gallery partner space in Jaffa Port, Tel Aviv.

Centre for Contemporary Art

The Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) is a registered non-profit organisation which has revolutionised contemporary Israeli art. The CCA began in a single small room in 1998, and has since continued to gain momentum, support and space. The Centre now boasts its own building, which contains an auditorium, three exhibition spaces, and an editing room. The CCA curates and produces exhibitions, projects, screenings, lectures and performances, including BLURRR- International Performance Art Biennial and VideoZone – International Video Art Biennial. It has also established the Video Archive; a collection of over three thousand video works from 1960 to the present, and provides funding for individual video and experimental cinema projects.

Rothschild 69

In addition to exhibiting contemporary art, Rothschild 69 contributes to arts education of the local community and visitors to the area. The educational and curatorial team work together in order to produce activities such as artist and curator-led tours, alongside lectures and workshops. The arts education efforts coincide with the ideas and styles of the exhibited works, which renders the entire space a varied yet interrelated hub of questioning and learning.

Rosenbach Contemporary

Rosenbach Contemporary is the only private gallery in Jerusalem devoted to exhibiting and promoting contemporary Israeli Art.
Rosenbach Contemporary was founded by Uri Rosenbach in September 2015.
Rosenbach Contemporary has set as its goal to promote and represent the highest quality of young and emerging artists. The gallery hosts curated solo and group exhibitions as well as an affordable art fair for young artists. In addition, their showroom exhibits a selection of the leading Contemporary Israeli Artists.

Rosenbach Contemporary has set as its goal to promote and represent the quality of young and emerging artists
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The Jerusalem Artists’ House

The Jerusalem Artists’ House has been situated in its iconic building since 1965. Its all-encompassing ethos has realized a range of exhibitions, including annual shows focused on emerging practitioners, as well as a series of retrospective works by established artists. The Jerusalem Artists’ House promotes inventive displays as well as international artist collaborations.

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