Amir Gross Kabiri

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Amir Gross Kabiri
BornAugust 29th 1980
ResidenceParis, France Tel-Aviv, Israel
OccupationCEO, Chairman
Known forOwner of The Art Newspaper Israel President of The Hermitage Museum Foundation Israel
Owner of Hapoel Tel-Aviv F.C

Amir G. Kabiri (Hebrew: אמיר גרוס כבירי) is an Israeli businessman, art collector, owner of Hapoel Tel-Aviv F.C., and best known as the owner of The Art Newspaper Israel, President of the M.T. Abraham Foundation and the Hermitage Museum Foundation Israel.


Kabiri was born on August 29, 1980. He attended Ironi Daled high school [he] in Tel-Aviv, Israel from 1992 to 1998, where he majored Business administration and Managerial economics.

Kabiri became President of the M.T. Abraham Foundation in January 2004,[1] overseeing the exhibition of 74 Edgar Degas statues in museums such as the Tel Aviv Art Museum,[2] the Valencian Institute of Modern Art,[3][4][5][6] and the State Hermitage Museum.[7]

During 2012, he co-directed a publication dealing with how the Soviets traded away their nation's art (1917–1938), including works of art drawn from the collections of the State Hermitage Museum, titled Selling Russia's Treasures.[8] At the same year, he organized at the State Hermitage Museum an international colloquium, Posthumous Bronzes in Law and Art History, which hosted museum directors, art historians and legal experts.[9]

As of early 2013, with the support and collaboration of the Lissitzky Committee in Novosibirsk and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Kabiri edited and managed the publication of El Lissitzky's "Jewish period" catalogue raisonné.[10] the first volume among four on the artist's oeuvre, while at the same year he organized and supported the exhibition "Lissitzky – Kabakov, Utopia and Reality”,[11] which was on loan to the State Hermitage Museum, the Multimedia Museum Moscow and the Kunsthaus Graz.

In 2013, he co-edited the publication titled “White city – Bauhaus Architecture in Tel Aviv” which presents Tel Aviv's Bauhaus architectural heritage[12][13] and coedited and directed the publication titled “Lissitzky - Kabakov, Utopia and Reality”.

Prof. Mikhail B. Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, agreed to Kabiri heading the Hermitage Museum Foundation Israel,[14] whose main objective is supporting The State Hermitage Museum in its artistic, scientific, cultural and educational activities.[15]

In 2014, as part of “Tel Aviv Days in St. Petersburg”, a cultural event led by the Israeli General Consulate in St. Petersburg,[16] Kabiri supported the events on behalf of the Hermitage Museum Foundation Israel.[17] Also, as part of the State Hermitage Museum 250th anniversary events in Israel, with the collaboration of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, Kabiri headed “Dada and Surrealism” exhibition,[18] from the Israel Museum, which includes holdings of individual artists, among them Man Ray, Max Ernst and Marcel Janco.

In 2015, he bought Hapoel Tel Aviv soccer club from Israel and in 2016, he signed a collaboration agreement with China Machinery Engineering Corporation (“CMEC”) which includes the construction of the new stadium of Hapoel Tel Aviv.[19]

In 2016, he initiated the publication “The Life of Sophie Lissitzky-Küppers” with the collaboration of the Lissitzky Foundation at the Vanabbe Museum.[20]

In 2018 he bought the rights for the Art newspaper for Israel, which provides news service about the art world, fed by its network editions in London, Moscow, New York, Beijing and Paris.

In June 2019 he pledged a donation from his art collection to the State Hermitage Museum in Russia valued at 7m USD, this donation consists of paintings and sculptures by the Russian artist Vladimir Sterligov,[21] and the French impressionist, Edgar Degas.[22]

Publishing history[edit]

  • "The Sculpture of Edgar Degas" ISBN 978-965539-007-0
  • Las esculturas de Edgar Degas (ISBN 9788448255336) - co-author[23]
  • Selling Russia's Treasures (ISBN 978-0789211545) - co-director[8]
  • Lissitzky – Kabakov, Utopia and Reality (ISBN 9791092033007)[24]
  • White City- Bauhaus architecture in Tel Aviv (ISBN 9791092033014)[25]
  • Edgar Degas-Figures In Motion (ISBN 978-5-91373-064-0)[25]
  • "Dada and Surrealism" (ISBN 978-5935725570)[26]
  • "The Experience of Totality" (ISBN 978-8415691532)[27]


  1. ^ "Board of Trustees | The Hermitage Museum Foundation Israel". Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  2. ^ Cashman, Greer Fay (March 23, 2010). "Grapevine: The French connection". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2013-02-27.
  3. ^ "Valencian Institute of Modern Art Shows the Sculptural Work of Edgar Degas". March 5, 2011. Retrieved 2013-02-27.
  4. ^ "The Sculptures of Edgar Degas" (PDF). IVAM Institut Valencia d'Art Modern. March 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-02-04. Retrieved 2013-02-27.
  5. ^ Burqueno, Maria (March 10, 2011). "Las Esculturas de Edgar Degas en el IVAM". Revista de Arte. Retrieved 2013-02-27.
  6. ^ "El IVAM muestra por primera vez en España las bailarinas de Degas convertidas en esculturas". Las Provincias. March 3, 2011. Retrieved 2013-02-27.
  7. ^ Bailey, Martin (May 31, 2012). "Degas bronzes controversy leads to scholars' boycott". The Art Newspaper. Retrieved 2013-02-27.
  8. ^ a b Semenova, Natalia; Iljine, Nicholas, eds. (2013). Selling Russia's Treasures. MTA Publishing. ISBN 978-0789211545.
  9. ^ "Posthumous Bronzes in Law and Art History".
  10. ^ "Worlds of El Lissitzky". Retrieved 2013-01-12.
  11. ^ "Lissitzky – Kabakov | Utopia and Reality Exhibition | The Hermitage Museum Foundation Israel". Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  12. ^ "White City | Bauhaus Architecture in Tel Aviv Exhibition | The Hermitage Museum Foundation Israel". Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  13. ^ "White City-Bauhaus Architecture in Tel Aviv at the State Hermitage Museum". Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  14. ^ "Amir G. Kabiri Appointed as the President of the Hermitage Museum Foundation Israel". Hermitage Museum. Archived from the original on 2013-07-04. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
  15. ^ "Amir Kabiri President". VPPress. 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
  16. ^ "Openings". Embassy. June 13, 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
  17. ^ "Tel Aviv Days in St. Petersburg". Embassy. 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
  18. ^ "Dada & Surrealism Exhibition | The Hermitage Museum Foundation Israel". Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  19. ^ Times, Global. "Chinese partnership deal with Hapoel Tel Aviv important to Sino-Israeli relations - Global Times". Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  20. ^ "The Life of Sophie Lissitzky-Küppers". Retrieved 2017-07-31.
  21. ^ "Сто первая причина посетить Государственный Эрмитаж". (in Russian). Retrieved 2019-07-19.
  22. ^ "Первый израильский меценат в истории Эрмитажа сделал дар на $7 млн | ForbesLife". 2019-07-04. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  23. ^ Consuelo Císcar Casabán; Amir Kabiri; Walter F. Maibaum; Dr. Mordechai Omer; Dr. June Hargrove. Las esculturas de Edgar Degas. ISBN 9788448255336. Retrieved 2013-02-27.
  24. ^ "Lissitzky – Kabakovabakov exhibition goes to the Hermitage in St. Petersburg" (PDF). Vanabbe Museum. June 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
  25. ^ a b "White City- Bauhaus architecture in Tel Aviv Exhibition". Hermitage Museum. 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-08-04. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
  26. ^ "Dada and Surrealism – Catalogue". Retrieved 2017-08-02.
  27. ^ "El Lissitzky: The Experience of Totality". Retrieved 2017-08-02.

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