Modern Times


Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Modern Times

50 Masterpieces from the Philadelphia Museum of Art

October 11, 2018 – February 2, 2019

Sam and Ayala Zacks Pavilion

Curator: Jennifer Thompson, The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting and Sculpture at PMA

Curator in Charge: Suzanne Landau

"By modernity I mean the transitory, the fugitive, the contingent."

– Charles Baudelaire, "The Painter of Modern Life" (1864)

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art (TAMA) is pleased to present, for the first time in Israel, 50 masterpieces from the world-renowned collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), following their exposure at Palazzo Reale in Milan. This is a historical and significant collection, presenting a rare opportunity for the Israeli audience to explore some of art history’s greatest moments.

The exhibition spans a period of 90 years of artistic development, from the late 19th to the 20th century, including canonical artists of European art such as Pierre Bonnard, Constantin Brancusi, Georges Braque, Mary Cassatt, Paul Cézanne, Salvador Dalí, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, van Gogh, Juan Gris, Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Édouard Manet, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, and Auguste Renoir.

With different styles, divergent time periods and art movements, the exhibition ties together landscapes, cityscapes, village scenes, interiors, still lives and portraits. Their presentation at TAMA will create an intriguing dialogue between PMA's inspiring works and TAMA's modern art collections.

The exhibition is the result of cooperation and joint efforts of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art:

About the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) |

Founded in 1876, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the United States’ oldest public art museums and has long been recognized as one of its finest. With a remarkable collection of over 240,000 works that span more than 2,000 years of artistic production, the Museum is international in scope and stature.

The breadth and diversity of the Museum’s collections are perhaps most apparent in a number of spectacular works of art ranging from Peter Paul Rubens and Pietro da Cortona, to Alexander Calder’s mobile Ghost, Marcel Duchamp’s installation of The Large Glass in 1954, and Cy Twombly ten-part series of paintings entitled Fifty Days at Illiam.

About the Tel Aviv Museum of Art (TAMA) |

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art is Israel’s foremost modern and contemporary art museum, welcomes close to 550,000 visitors annually. Established in 1932 by Tel Aviv’s first mayor, the Museum has developed into a complex of four buildings in the very heart of Israel’s vibrant cultural metropolis. Tel Aviv Museum of Art mounts over 30 exhibitions annually. In addition to viewing its renowned collection and world-class exhibitions by international and Israeli artists, visitors also enjoy the Museum’s rich array of cultural events, including concert series, performances, dance, films and educational programs for children and adults.

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