The Tel-Aviv Museum of Art
The Tel-Aviv Museum of Art was established in 1932 and began operating in Beit Dizengoff
, the home of Tel Aviv’s first mayor, Meir Dizengoff
, on 16 Rothschild Boulevard.
Dizengoff appointed an advisory committee whose members included Reuven Rubin, Arieh Allweil, Batya Lishansky and Haim Glicksberg. Dizengoff put forward his vision in one of his addresses: “When we understood that Tel-Aviv was city with prospects of becoming unique and big and the focal point of modern Judaism in the country and the Diaspora, we began to feel the need to develop beauty and all spheres of art. We realized that you cannot build buildings, pave roads, and improve the city without paying attention to aesthetics and harmony, and without developing people’s fine taste for all human creation. With this perspective the Tel- Aviv Museum was founded.”
The museum displayed the artistic works of local and foreign artists and was a vibrant cultural center in the nascent city. Tel-Aviv Museum’s successes in Beit Dizengoff and the expansion of its collections mandated the building of a permanent venue with larger exhibition spaces. In 1959 the Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art was inaugurated on Tarsat Boulevard. In 1971 the main building of the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art was inaugurated on Shaul Hamelech Boulevard.