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Tel Aviv Museum of Art appoints new head curator

Mira Lapidot will leave Israel Museum to fill new role in Tel Aviv

Jessica Steinberg covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center.

Jeff Koons' artworks set up in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art before the coronavirus (Courtesy Elad Sarig)
Jeff Koons' artworks set up in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art before the coronavirus (Courtesy Elad Sarig)

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art has appointed Mira Lapidot as its new chief curator.

Lapidot spent 22 years at the Israel Museum, directing 11 curatorial departments of the fine arts wing and overseeing close to 100 exhibits, including the Ai Weiwei “Maybe, Maybe Not” exhibit, in her former role as chief curator of the arts at the Israel Museum.

Tania Coen-Uzzielli, director of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, called the position a major role in the field of art in Israel that “has turned even more complex and challenging amid a global epidemic.”

Lapidot said she was overjoyed to join the staff of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and to undertake inspiring projects for a large and diverse public.

Mira Lapidot, the new chief curator at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, after 22 years at the Israel Museum (Courtesy Nitay Parnas)

She called the modern art collections of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art “exceptional” and said she hopes to explore the legacy of Modernism through the artworks.

“I consider artists to be partners on our journey,” said Lapidot. “Their work is the very reason for the museum’s existence – and in times such as these, their spirit is more essential than ever.”

Doron Rabina has been the interim curator since 2018, when Suzanne Landau stepped down from the role she had filled since 2012. Landau also came from the Israel Museum, where she had been chief curator of fine arts.

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