The untimely passing of Prof. Moti Omer


The Genia Schreiber University Art Gallery


The gallery was founded in 1976, within the framework of the Faculty of the Arts by Prof. Mordechai Omer, who has headed it for thirty one years. The first exhibitions were displayed in the foyer of the MexicoBuilding of the Faculty of the Arts. In 1982, a temporary gallery was set up in the building. On December 5, 1988, the dedication of the Genia Schreiber University Art Gallery took place, a donation of her son Boris Schreiber of France and the United States. The gallery is situated at the entrance to the campus next to gate 7, on the eastern side of the Entin Square that opens on to Chayim Levanon Streetat the corner of Albert Einstein Street. The building, which is an architectural pearl, was designed by the architects Dan Eitan and Bracha and Dr. Michael Chyutin. The building has two floors, with most of its area is devoted to exhibition areas, and the rest to offices, storerooms, a laboratory, classroom and library. The gallery was designed as a architectural element that blends with the surrounding landscape and a continuation of the buildings of the Faculty of the Arts near by, making use of the special topographical conditions of the slope of the land. The planning of the gallery includes the sculptural garden as an organic part of its structure. The walls of the gallery facing the garden are transparent, creating the feeling that the enclosed gallery and the open garden are one continuous plane.


On May 23, 1990, as part of the events of the Board of Governors of Tel-Aviv University, the Levi and Fortuna Eskenazi SculptureGarden in memory of the parents of the donor, the late Giulia Eskenzi-Matatia from Italy, wife of Beniamino Matatia, chairman of the International Board of Governors of Art Projects at Tel-AvivUniversity was dedicated. The garden comprises sculptures donated to the university by the Matatia family, such as "The Wings of Peace" by Carlo Zauli and the sculpture "Solar Stairs: Homage to Kepler" by Giò Pomodoro. As well as the sculpture "Avalanche" by Pierre Arman, donated by Reto a Marca from Switzerland, and additional sculptures lent to Tel-Aviv University after having participated in exhibitions in the garden and the university gallery. * * * * *  Michel Kikoïne Foundation  On May 14, 2004, as part of the events of annual Board of Governors, the dedication of the new wing of the university gallery, Michel Kikoïne Foundation, donated by the daughter of the artist, Claire Maratier-Kikoïne of France, took place. She also donated an impressive collection of her father's works for a permanent exhibition. Michel Kikoïne (1892-1968) is one of the important artists of the "Paris School" – a group of young artists, many of them Jewish, who came to Paris mainly from eastern and central Europe at the beginning of the 20thcentury. These artists changed the face of art in France between the two world wars, and quickly found their place as part of the avant-garde movement and played an important part in the creation of Paris as the capital of world art drawing new young and talented artists. The Michel Kikoïne Foundation also houses an exhibition of reproductions of self portraits and portraits of the artists of the Paris School who were friends of Michel Kikoïne, such as Chaim Soutine and Pincus Krémègne, and reknown artists as Marc Chagall, Amedeo Modigliani, Sonia Delaunay, Hanna Orlof and many others. The aim of this exhibition is to show the relationship and brotherhood that existed between the Jewish artists of the Paris School.

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What can be found in the Schreiber Gallery and Michel Kikoïne Foundation ? 


The exhibitions shown at the University Gallery are of research and didactic nature, and are accompanied by catalogues consisting of academic articles. The exhibitions examine selected issues of art history with the focus on the history of modern art, especially Israeli art. In addition there are exhibitions that focus on interdisciplinary subjects, in particular on the relationship between art and Humanities and Natural Science. The exhibitions of the Gallery and Michel Kikoïne Foundation enable the researchers of the Faculty of the Arts and theTel-Aviv University an additional stage for exhibiting the fruit of their research as guest curators and through the publication of their articles in the catalogue of the exhibition. The gallery also hosts professional curators from within Israel and abroad. In addition, the Gallery and Michel Kikoïne Foundation serve as a research laboratory for the students of the department of Art History. This affords the students, as part of their studies, a chance to confront originals works and study them directly in a way that opens new horizons and allows a more exact view, and the experience of first hand learning the importance of which cannot be over rated. As such, the university gallery is used as a stage for the permanent collections of the university and the gallery. This framework also includes the outdoor sculptures that are exhibited throughout the campus of the university, and a collection of the creations of Marcel Duchamp a present of Arturo Schwartz from Italy, the lithographs that illustrated the story of the exodus from Egypt by Marc Chagall a present of Dr. David and Dorothy Levinson from the United States, and a collection  of American prints from the 1960's and 70's donated by Viviane Bregman of the United States, all property of the university gallery. These exhibitions in the university gallery encouraged the preparation of catalogues, their documentation, preservation and research. The university gallery also houses The Diploma Program in Curatorial and Museum Studies, founded by Prof. Mordechai Omer. The aim is to train curators for work in museums, advance the professional skills of the curator in the museum, and to develop a theoretical professional and practical basis for museum employees. The studies teach the principles of museological thinking that can be applied in museums in the areas of culture and various disciplines, as art, archaeology, history, Judaica, exact sciences, life sciences and others. So far fourteen classes have completed their studies. The first three classes completed their studies at the School ofEducation and Archaeology Institute. Since 1989, these studies have been recognized as studies towards a certificate and take place in the university gallery. The gallery is open to the public, free of charge, Sundays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Friday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m..


In addition professional guided tours can be arranged for organized groups in advance for a token payment.


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