The MoBY—Museums of Bat Yam art collection comprise hundreds of items, including sculptures, paintings, drawings, and manuscripts, organized in four divisions. The first division consists of the estate of artist Issachar Ryback (1935-1897), which includes paintings and sculptures made in Ukraine, Germany and France during the early twentieth century. These works combine different periods of his artistic career—from avant-garde to depiction of life in the shtetl—and chronicle his life path and professional development as an artist over the years. The estate was donated to the museum courtesy of his widow, Ms. Sonia Ryback, who moved to Bat Yam in the early 1950s at the invitation of David Ben-Ari, the city’s first mayor. The collection has a number of works on long-term loans to exhibition spaces worldwide.

The second division consists of the estate of Yiddish author Sholem Asch (1880-1957), and includes original manuscripts, theatrical posters, paintings he has collected over the years, and historical photographs of such characters as Shalom Aleichem and Maxim Gorky. Most of the paintings were given to Asch by acquaintances such as Marc Chagall (1887-1985), Moise Kissling (1851-1953), and Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920).

The third division consists of David Ben-Ari’s private collection, which he donated to the museum in the 1960s. The collection is a rich body of work that includes modernist pieces by the finest Israeli artists of the period (Lea Nikel, Aharon Giladi, Moshe Bernstein, Tzvi Shor, Aba Fenichel, and others).

The fourth division comprises works collected by the museum or donated by artists and collectors over the years. In recent years, the collection has underwent detailed cataloging and careful preservation processes in order to establish its standing, which will in turn enable the strengthening of professional ties with other local and international museums. This way, curators, researchers, and scholars have easy access to the collection spaces where they can study and closely examine works of art from various exciting periods in modern art history—from Yiddish avant-garde to Israeli lyrical abstract.

To visit the collection, please make advance arrangements:

Poster announcing the premiere show of Kidush Ha'Shem, play based on Asch's novel

Artifacts from Asch's stationary collection