The Levin Foundation was established in Jerusalem in 2010 by Ofer Levin, a young, passionate art collector. It is centered on the Levin Collection of Israeli art, one of the largest collections of Israeli art in the world, comprising over 3,000 works, which is continually enriched and updated through the acquisition of new works in diverse media. Looking to the past as well as the future, we believe it is crucial to preserve our indigenous cultural heritage and historical assets, while concurrently supporting the younger generation of up-and-coming artists.
Providing a historical panorama of the unique story of Israeli art, the collection focuses on masterpieces from the 1920s to the 1950s, as well as on young contemporary art, spanning works from the very beginnings of (Eretz-) Israeli art at the turn of the 20th century up to the present. The Foundation’s growing art collection includes works by prominent artists who have played a significant role in Israel’s cultural development, alongside works by artists who, for various historical reasons, were not always granted the recognition they deserved.
Striving to promote a dynamic dialogue with the art loving public, the Foundation engages in diverse cultural activities, primarily the publication of the Collection catalogues and a unique series of books by leading Israeli art historian and cultural critic, Dr. Gideon Ofrat, as well as exhibitions and symposiums, tours and artist talks, inviting the public to enjoy the Collection.
The Levin Foundation welcomes collaborations with other public art institutions and museums around the world in a mission to support Israeli artists via exhibitions and loans from its Collection. A new art platform for young emerging artists is also promoted, aiming to connect them with the global contemporary art scene, while supporting their solo exhibitions and producing books and catalogues. The Levin Prize, an artist’s residency, and a new internship program are notable components in this area of support.
The Foundation’s belief in research and art education has led to fruitful interaction with researchers and students exploring the Collection. This is especially evident in its becoming a partner and supporter of the educational and research center House of Israeli Art in the Academic College of Tel Aviv-Yaffo.
Founder and Collector
Mr. Ofer Levin