Credit: Asaf Brenner
Credit: Asaf Brenner


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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