In just a few days, between September 8-10, 2011, it will be time once again for Tel Aviv's annual art festival Loving Art Making Art. This is no ordinary art festival; for this annual expedition will allow the everyday Israeli to head into Tel Aviv's best museums and galleries FREE OF CHARGE. That's right, you read it correctly, Tel Aviv's greatest museums and most acclaimed art galleries will open their doors to the public sans admissions fee during this annual 3-day event in order to jump-start the year's exhibition season.
Loving Art implies appreciating art; and that you will be able to do at dozens and dozens of Tel Aviv's most beloved art institutions. You will be able to head indoors to upwards of 60 different museums and galleries in the area where you can take in a vast span of different types of artwork free of charge. This is a great opportunity for those looking to save a buck or two. This is the event you've been waiting for all year if you have always wanted to visit a particular museum or gallery but haven't wanted to fork over the money. There are endless options from which to choose:
Not only can you head indoors, but also, you will have nearly 240 artists representing their work in outdoor spaces in the form of sculptures, street art and outdoor exhibitions and displays. Specifically, three different areas of the city will showcase open-air exhibitions, including on Gordon Street, in the Lev Tel Aviv area in the center of the city and on Yehuda Hayamit Street in Jaffa. Additionally, there will be some items displayed at the Tel Aviv Port. So be sure to get out there and appreciate the multiple forms of beautiful artwork both indoors and outdoors.
Not only will you have the chance to view completed artwork throughout the Tel Aviv Municipality in the various galleries and museums, but also, you will also have the chance to visit several artists' studios in order to see art "in action" and to talk to the artists themselves. Getting inside the personal spaces and studios of multiple artists will help visitors to appreciate the art scene and to see what sorts of creativity the artists are up to. It's not often that you have the chance to see art mid-process before it goes up on a gallery's wall so it's a really rare and special treat for visitors to be a part of.
Though the Loving Art Making Art festival has been going for 10 years strong, this is only the third year in a row that the Making Art portion has been included in the itinerary. The past two years has proven that visitors truly enjoy this rare opportunity to communicate with and engage with the artists in real life. Galleries and museums will open their doors between 2 p.m. and 11 p.m. from September 8-10; and artists will open their studio doors between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. from September 9-10. As for the street fairs and exhibitions, look out for them in the evening hours between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. during the festival dates.
For more specific information on museum hours and artist studios, please see the website for the Tel Aviv Municipality here. Additionally, here's a link to several of Tel Aviv's endless amount of museums and galleries from which to choose: click here. Personally, I know which places I have in mind for myself. Having never been to Tel Aviv's Museum of Art, that's definitely high up on my list as is a visit to Bialik Square where I'll have the chance to see the Bauhaus museum up close next door to its artsy neighbors. If you guys out there have any recommendations, feel free to send them my way!