The announcement reflects the Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s standing in the art world.
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The Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg have announced an art collaboration program. The Hermitage is Russia’s largest art museum and one of the great museums of the world. The announcement has mostly political significance, and is evidence of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s standing in the art world and its willingness to lend outstanding Israeli art.
The main significance of the agreement is a vote of confidence in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s professionalism according to Russia’s strict standards. In art politics, it is evidence of a new openness by one of the most world’s most restrictive domains. Although the Hermitage has displayed numerous foreign contemporary art in recent years, including a few Israeli artists, the thawing of the Soviet bloc did not extend to official collaboration between the elite institution and Israeli museums, which are far from the global center.
Agreements of this kind open doors for Israeli art, which use Israeli museums as a springboard to the world. In the other direction, the agreement gives Israelis the opportunity to see art from the Hermitage’s incredible collection. It should be remembered, however, that the Hermitage is not the only stamp of approval in the world, and that major important museums around the world recognize the high quality of Israeli museums, in no small part because of the professionalism of their curators.
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