This fully illustrated book is published in conjunction with an exhibition of works from the Tel Aviv Museum of Art held at Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, to mark 50 years of diplomatic relations between Germany and Israel.
The publication features 72 works selected from three departments at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art: Modern Art, Prints and Drawings, and Israeli Art. The focus lies on modern classics by artists such as Alexander Archipenko, Max Beckmann, Marc Chagall, Edgar Degas, Erich Heckel, Alberto Giacometti, Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, Ludwig Meidner, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Egon Schiele, and Lesser Ury, which are supplemented by video works and installations by up-and-coming Israeli artists such as Yael Bartana, Guy Ben-Ner, Nevet Yitzhak, Nira Pereg, and Michal Helfman, who address personal, social and political topics. This juxtaposition creates a unique and stimulating dialogue, reveals intriguing relationships and allows for a new reading of the works. Offering a broad view of its multifaceted collection, the book also details the history of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, from its beginnings in a modest residential home in 1932 to its impressive latest building addition in 2011, and allows a peek into the development of its collection, from its first works to the most recent acquisitions.