The first year that the biennial took place on September 23, 2007 with the theme of "The Rear" (in Hebrew: Ha'Oref, העורף) and is scheduled to present the works of more than 70 Israeli artists in various locations in the center of Herzliya, such as underground warehouses, storage halls, the Herzliya museum, apartments, shops and bomb shelters.
"The First Herzliya Biennial of Contemporary Art will focus on presentation of works by contemporary Israeli artists who address the notion of posteriority articulated in its title, "The Rear" (Ha'Oref in Hebrew which also denotes "home front", "hinterland", "nape") in various ways: the home front as opposed the front line—civilian society in Israel versus the army; the public sphere—where society stands in relation to the state; where labor is located to capital. "The Rear" (or "home front") is a general term that surfaced repeatedly during the recent war with Lebanon in the summer of 2006, when a million Israeli citizens in the country's north sat in bomb shelters, and a million Lebanese became refugees."
Some of the notable artists to present their works at the Herzliya Biennial are: Guy Ben-Ner, Mika Rottenberg, Roee Rosen, Yair Garbuz, Ariella Azoulay, Elisheva Levy, Gil Shani, Ari Libsker, Zoya Cherkassky, Roy Arad, Keren Cytter, Sigalit Landau and Noa Tsaushu.
The Herzliya Biennial got mixed reviews in local and foreign press.
The Jerusalem Post article [dead link] said (quote): "Is the biennial being used as a quick fix for the organizers and curatorial staff who are presenting particular kinds of art forms and media, while making a concerted effort to bring foreign guests, critics, museum people and local aficionados of the arts from outside the Herzliya/Dan region to view the displays? This was definitely not the objective according to both (Dalia) Levin and (Joshua) Simon."
- Smadar Shefi (2 October 2007). "Rear Window". Haaretz. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
The strength of the biennial lay not in any specific work on display, but in the fact that it realized its declared intention of creating a "public sphere through the various works and the responses they elicit in their viewers.... The biennial extended across 14 sites, in addition to the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibition in the museum, with notable installations by Itamar Jobani and Elisheva Levy, will continue until mid-December.
- Anat Torisky (25 September 2007). זרוק את ההומלס אחר השימוש [Drop the homeless on the usage] (in Hebrew). City Mouse Online. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
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- Dana Gilerman (31 July 2007). ביאנלה לאמנות עכשווית תתקיים בספטמבר בהרצליה [Biennale of Contemporary Art will be held in September in Herzliya]. Haaretz (in Hebrew). Retrieved 10 August 2014.
- Smadar Shefi (26 September 2007). בלון נפוח ברחובות הרצליה [Inflated balloon through the streets Herzliya]. Haaretz (in Hebrew). Retrieved 10 August 2014.
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