Tel Aviv Museum of Art Gets a Sharp Addition

  • The Tel Aviv Museum's new Amir building.

    The Tel Aviv Museum's new Amir building.

  • The Tel Aviv Museum of Art's new Amir building.

    The Tel Aviv Museum of Art's new Amir building.

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A new addition to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art opened last week in the heart of Israel’s most cosmopolitan city.

Low-slung and razor-sharp, the Amir building is constructed from over 400 polished cement panels in varying shapes and sizes, pieced together into prismatic facade. Designed by U.S. architect Preston Scott Cohen, the new structure roughly doubles the museum’s space. Sunlight from a 27-meter-high atrium fills the two upper levels and reaches all three below-ground levels as well, reflected off the interior’s angular surfaces.

The inaugural exhibit spotlights German artist Anselm Kiefer, including sculptures, woodcuts, and monumental paintings. The permanent galleries include some 250 selections of Israeli art, as well as highlights from the museum’s German Expressionist prints and drawings. Plus there are two exhibitions on Israeli design.

The shows currently have no closing date.

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