On November 2, 2011, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art opened up its highly anticipated New Museum Wing after nearly a decade in the making. Situated on an historic piece of property that used to be the original home of Tel Aviv's first mayor, Meir Dizengoff, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art's new addition was named the "Herta and Paul Amir Building".
Designed by Cambridge, Massachusetts based architect Preston Scott Cohen, the new wing is a unique and original shape that some believe resembles an elongated, white Rubik's Cube. Its modern and chic style is a truly remarkable and bold statement in the Israeli art scene. Due in part to its unveiling, the city of Tel Aviv has declared that 2012 shall be "Art Year".
Over the last few years, nearly $55 million has been poured into the creation of this new wing which was built upon a triangular footprint of approximately 4,500 square meters. The building combines Tel Aviv's existing Modernism and turns it into a contemporary and progressive architectural masterpiece.
It is definitely noticeable. It's white, it's bright and it gives the area a gleaming piece of architecture for visitors and locals to admire when entering the Tel Aviv suburb where it is located.
The structure was built with 465 pieces of flat, interlocking, precast concrete panels of all different shapes and sizes. With three floors above ground, it also extends two floors below the ground.
Atop the masterpiece is an 87-foot high atrium which casts light at all different angles down into the world's largest collection of Israeli art. Fittingly named, the architectural exhibition is called "Lightfall". The twisting surfaces of the interior are just as beautiful as the artwork they showcase. Currently, the artwork on display includes the Israeli Architecture Archive as well as a new selection of visual arts and photography.
The Tel Aviv Museum of Art welcomes more than 500,000 visitors every year. People come from all around the world to experience the impressive display of permanent collections and temporary exhibitions in a wide variety of artistic mediums - painting, sculpture, prints, drawings, photography, video, architecture and design. The museum also has an impressive sculpture garden as well as a youth wing for the little ones. The new wing is definitely worth a visit and will continue to be a staple of Tel Aviv's ever-changing skyline. Visit the museum's website at this link. Or, make your way in person to 27 Shaul Hamelech Blvd. in north Tel Aviv to see the highly anticipated masterpiece in person.