Step Outside the Box
Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are undoubtedly Israel’s cultural hubs and their bustling art scenes are full of established museums, independent galleries, and vibrant street art scenes to match. But what most people don’t know is that in the surrounding cities, there lies a whole host of gems that most visitors never get the chance to see
Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon
The internationally-renowned Design Museum in Holon, a city just south of Tel Aviv, is definitely worth a dedicated visit, but while you’re already in the area, make a point to check out the Israeli Center for Digital Art (ICDA). Holon has a very vibrant cultural scene of its own and the ICDA, which is a non-profit organization supported by the city, is a dynamic space dedicated to pushing the boundaries of contemporary art. Housed in an abandoned school building, the public art space tackles political and social issues head-on in an effort to stimulate discourse in Israeli society. The center regularly hosts public presentations in the form of exhibitions, lectures, symposiums, sound events, and workshops.
Israeli Center for Digital Art. Tuesday and Wednesday 16:00-20:00; Thursday 10:00-14:00; Friday and Saturday 10:00-15:00. 4 Haamoraim St, Holon (03-5568792/digitalartlab.org.il)
The Artists’ Residence, Herzilya
Herzilya, just north of Tel Aviv, isn't generally known for its cultural offerings, but it has a little gem up its sleeve in the form of the Artists’ Residence. Established in 1995, the Artists’ Residence is currently going through a transformation and is quickly becoming a pulsing center for artists, curators, researchers, and collaborators who come together to create relevant, discussion-driving art. Housed in a beautiful old complex with a fascinating history, which involves the buildings standing empty for decades due to lack of funds, this place certainly has its eyes on the future and hosts contemporary exhibitions as well as community projects.
The Artists’ Residence, Monday, Wednesday-Friday 11:00-15:00; Tuesday, Thursday-Friday 15:30-18:30; Saturday 10:00-13:00. 7 Yodfat St, Herzliya (09-9510601/theartistsresidence.org)
Museum of Israeli Art, Ramat Gan
For a chance to explore the best of what Israel’s local artists have to offer, head east from Tel Aviv to the Museum of Israeli Art in Ramat Gan. One of the only museums in the country exclusively dedicated to Israeli art, this old favorite aims to promote contemporary Israeli art alongside the works of more established classic creators from the Land of Milk and Honey. Founded in 1987, the museum has established itself on the national scene and displays regular exhibitions in its four main halls from various disciplines including painting, sculpting, photography, and 3D design.
The Museum of Israeli Art, Monday, Wednesday 10:00-16:00; Tuesday, Thursday 10:00-20:00; Friday 9:00-13:00; Saturday: 9:00-15:00. 146 Abba Hillel St, Ramat Gan (03-7521876/m-i-a.co.il)
Petach Tikva Museum of Art
Even farther east is the Petach Tikva Museum of Art, which strives to foster young artists while at the same time giving veterans who haven't had their works exhibited in a museum the chance to shine. Even though it was opened back in 1964, the museum has a young spirit and aims to question traditional conventions and break down boundaries between different artistic mediums. As well as housing exhibitions, the museum fosters dialogues through artist meetings, lectures, and interdisciplinary conferences.
Petach Tikva Museum of Art, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10:00-14:00; Tuesday, Thursday 16:00-20:00. Museum Complex, 30 Arlozorov St, Petach Tikva (03-9286300/petachtikvamuseum.com)