About the Institute for Israeli Art

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Our Vision

The Institute for Israeli Art was founded in October 2013 in the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yafo, in response to a decade-long sparsity of Israeli Art research and scholarship in the local cultural landscape. The Institute was established by Gideon Ofrat, PhD, and Rodi Bineth. The Institute for Israeli Art is of interest to those aspiring to widen their horizons and deepen their knowledge, as well as to those involved in writing, curating, gallery management, collecting, and collection management. The Institute is a meeting place for leading figures in the field of visual arts in Israel: researchers, curators and artists.


Israeli Art: 100 Years and Beyond

Since the founding of “Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts” in 1906, generations of artists have been examining and engaging with the complex place in which they work. Throughout the generations, Israeli creative production has been intertwined with the history of settlement in the region and the history of the State of Israel. In recent decades, the international art scene has demonstrated an increasing appreciation of Israeli artists and their work. A growing number of artists are showing their work in notable museum exhibitions and prominent galleries worldwide. Now is the time to learn about Israeli artists and curators, know with their work, and understand the contexts from which their process has emerged, as well as the ways in which it is received. The richness of Israeli artistic production, the diversity of museums and galleries, and the status of Israeli art in the international art scene make necessary a dedicated center for the study of Israeli art: The Institute for Israeli Art.

Program for Israeli Art Studies

The courses offered at The Institute for Israeli Art are in the fields of art, design and architecture and are taught by the leading lecturers and scholars in Israel. The courses provide enthusiastic and curious students opportunities to deepen their knowledge and gain a broad and rich understanding in historical and thematic topics. Graduates of the program will gain skills that can be applied to curatorial practices, research, criticism, trade, and collecting. The program offers a certificate studies track, as well as the option to participate in individual courses. It includes visits to museums, select exhibitions, and significant art collections, as well as visiting lectures from practicing artists.

Faculty includes: Housni Alkhateeb Shehada, PhD; Nivi Alroy; Zvi Efrat, PhD; Tal Ben-Zvi, PhD; Yair Barak; David Gurevich, PhD; David Graves, PhD; Ruti Direktor; Jonathan Hirschfeld; Hadas Maor; Gideon Ofrat, PhD; Yigal Zalmona; and Tali Tamir.

The Yona Fischer Certificate Program in Contemporary Curatorial and Museum Studies

The new program was established in 2016 in collaboration with the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art and with the guidance of curator Yona Fischer. The program includes 280 academic hours with leading historians and lecturers, tours to museums, exhibition spaces, labs, storage spaces and more. Final projects are completed with the guidance of an advisor, and internships at museums (84 hours) are specifically tailored to each student. The program provides students with broad theoretical foundations in the history of Israeli art, a comprehensive introduction to the fields of museology and contemporary curating, experience planning and developing a curatorial project, and curatorial research writing.

Program Director: Idit Amihai; Academic Advisor: Osnat Zukerman-Rechter, PhD

Faculty includes: Maayan Amir, PhD; Yonatan Amir; Yael Van Essen Eylat, PhD; Michal Heiman; Martin Weyl, PhD; Aya Lurie, PhD; Iris Lael; Yehudit Kol-Inbar, Osnat Zukerman-Rechter, PhD; and Tali Tamir.

Beyond the Classroom

The vision of the Institute for Israeli Art extends beyond the school’s programs. The fascinating evolution of Israeli art demands to be studied, researched and revealed. The Institute hosts symposiums on a variety of topics. Previous events include: The Feminine Presence in Israeli Art; Berlin-Jerusalem: On German Immigrant Artists; 100 Years of Israeli Print; and Does He Who Pay the Piper Call the Tune? The Institute promotes the publication of articles and research about Israeli art; and has set the research of local art as an objective, thereby illuminating and empowering it.

Idit Amihai, Program Director

Prior to joining the Institute, Idit headed the Israel Museums and Visual Arts Department in the Ministry of Culture for 15 years, and was the Israeli Cultural Attaché in Japan for 5 years. She received a degree in the History of Art from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Idit has advised and taught topics relating to culture and museums at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Tel Aviv University, Shenkar, and more.