Igal Ahouvi is an Israeli businessman who invests in commercial real estate located primarily in Israel and Europe. At the same time, Ahouvi is also a discerning art collector, who has compiled a private collection of significant breadth known as Igal Ahouvi Art Collection. The collection is home to over 1,000 contemporary artworks representing both established artists and emerging new talents.
While collecting art for over two decades, Ahouvi has cultivated an eye for works that define and shape the discourse of the contemporary art community. He does not shy away from provocative pieces, rather he embraces their capacity to challenge us and our perceptions of cultural reality. The collection reflects Ahouvi’s fascination with the various art movements that have influenced and shaped the discourse and creative process of artists over the course of history.
Passion Fused With Thought
Ahouvi’s own passion and desire to partner with skilled curators is reflected in the collection. The sagacious oversight of these curators has helped build it thoughtfully over the years. Igal Ahouvi Art Collection is currently curated by Matan Daube, who began his association with the collection under the direction of the late Sarit Shapira.
Discovering Emerging Talent
Ahouvi supports and nurtures new talent by creating space for its discovery. He has been a primary supporter of Fresh Paint Art Fair since its inception. He presented the Most Promising Artist award to winners at the fair (2008 -2013). The award included a cash prize and the opportunity to present a solo show the following year.
Igal Ahouvi regularly lends works of art to galleries and museums. From 2014-2016, he partnered with Genia Schreiber University Gallery of Art at Tel Aviv University for a series of five exhibitions that were well received and available to all.
Ahouvi continues to judiciously build his collection, visiting relevant art shows around the world. He has a particular astute eye for the dynamic contemporary art scene in Israel with which he is closely associated.