The "Fire and Water Fountain", commonly referred to as "Dizengoff Square Fountain", is a Tel Avivian landmark in the center of Dizengoff Square. Dedicated in 1986, the fountain is a kinetic sculpture and the work of the Israeli artist, Yaacov Agam. Agam developed this fountain over a period of ten years and it is one of his most renowned creations. He has gained international recognition as one of the founders of the kinetic art movement. The fountain consists of an illusory and a movement dimension. These are both typically works of Kinetic and Op art, which is achieved by the use of technology and the observer's movement. The fountain is composed of several big jagged wheels, which were designed in the kinetic style (colored geometric shapes, which are perceived as different images from different angles). A technological mechanism is automatically activated at different times of the day and the night, turning the wheels on their hinges, injecting water upwards in various forms, spitting fire upwards, while playing music. Throughout the years the fountain drew a lot of criticism from the Tel Aviv residents for the high cost of its ongoing maintenance. Until recently, the fountain was poorly maintained and occasionally stopped operating. However, the fountain was recently repainted and is a large social landmark known by all Tel Avivians. Photo Attributions: Ted Eytan, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons Ori lubin, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons Rubinstein Felix,, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
The Eretz Israel Museum is a historical and archeological museum in the Ramat Aviv neighborhood of Tel Aviv. Established in 1953, the museum has a large display of archaeological, anthropological, and historical artifacts organized in a series of exhibition pavilions on its grounds. Each pavilion is dedicated to a different subject: glassware, ceramics, coins, copper, and more. The museum also has a planetarium. The "Man and His Work" wing features live demonstrations of ancient methods of weaving, jewelry and pottery making, grain grinding, and bread baking. Tel Qasile, an excavation in which 12 distinct layers of culture have been uncovered, is on the grounds of the museum.
Located in Ramat Aviv, The Palmach Museum is dedicated to the Palmach. This is the strike-force of the pre-state underground Haganah defense organization, which is now integrated into the Israel Defense Forces. Opened in 2000, the Palmach Museum commemorates the Palmach contribution to Israel's establishment and designed by Israeli architects Zvi Hecker and Rafi Segal. The museum is an underground series of multi-media experience chambers, starting with a memorial for the fallen.
While established in 1932, The Tel Aviv Museum of Art was originally the home of Meir Dizengoff, Tel Aviv's first mayor. In 1959, The Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art had officially opened. When the museum's collections of modern and contemporary art began to outgrow the premises, planning for a new building began in 1963. Construction commenced in 1966 but stopped for two years due to a shortage of funds. The new museum moved to its current location on King Saul Avenue in 1971. An additional wing was built in 1999, allowing the Lola Beer Ebner Sculpture Garden to be created. The museum also contains "The Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Art Education Center", which opened in 1988. The museum houses a comprehensive collection of classical and contemporary Israeli art, a sculpture garden, and a youth wing. In 2018, the museum set an all-time attendance record with 1,018,323 visitors, ranking 70th on the list of most visited art museums. In 2019, the museum's ranking rose to 49th with 1,322,439 visitors. The Museum's collection represents some of the leading artists of the first half of the 20th century and many of the major modern art movements in this period. This includes but is not limited to Fauvism, German Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Russian Constructivism, the De Stijl movement, and Surrealism. It additionally contains french art from the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists period to the School of Paris. These pieces include works of Chaim Soutine, key works by Pablo Picasso, Cubist paintings, sculptures by Jacques Lipchitz, and Surrealists works of Joan Miró. A portion of the Museum displays Israeli Art history and its origins among local artists in the pre-state Zionist community during the early twentieth century. In 1989, the American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein created a giant two-panel mural specifically for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, which is currently hung in the entrance foyer. The collection includes several masterpieces. Among them is the 1916 Friedericke Maria Beer Painting, painted by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt and Untitled Improvisation V. In 1914, the Russian master Wassily Kandinsky contributed to the painting as well. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, donated in 1950, includes 36 works by Abstract and Surrealist artists. These include pieces by Jackson Pollock, William Baziotes, Richard Pousette-Dart, and Surrealists works by Yves Tanguy, Roberto Matta, and André Masson. Sculptures are displayed in the entrance plaza and an internal sculpture garden. In addition to a permanent collection, the museum hosts temporary exhibitions of individual artists' work and group shows curated around a common theme.
The Carmel Market is the largest bazaar market in Tel Aviv. It is bordered by Allenby Street and Magen David Square and is principally located along Carmel Street. Over time, it has expanded to streets such as the infamous Nachlat Binyamin. The market is open every day of the week, with the exception of Shabbat [Saturday]. It sells mostly fruits, vegetables, and authentic Israeli specialties, but also contains a variety of items such as home accessories and flowers. Tuesday's and Friday's are the signature days at the market as several independent artists and vendors sell unique crafts, art, and jewelry along Nahalat Binyamin Street. On those same days famous Israeli Folk singer Miri Aloni performs many traditional Israeli songs that date back to the days of the establishment of the State of Israel.
Sarona is popular for its namesake covered market - a trendy hub of gourmet food stores. Taste local cheeses, cured meats, and intricate desserts to name a few, and try restaurants by renowned Israeli chefs known for creative cuisine emphasizing seasonal ingredients. The area is full of busy bars serving cocktails and craft beer surrounded by chic subterranean wine bars, which were once 19th-century cellars built by Templar Christians.