Since its foundation in 1999, Sommer Contemporary Art has been committed to promoting Israeli artists in the international scene, as well as representing and exhibiting leading international artists. Distinguished by the deep relationships it develops with artists – from emerging and mid-career to established, Sommer Contemporary Art is maintaining a vital and ongoing dialogue with museums and publishing houses in creating meaningful exhibitions and publications.
In 2016 Sommer Contemporary Art opened a pop-up space in Zurich. This allows the gallery to promote its artists in and outside Europe while developing relationships with local institutions, curators and artists. The opening of the Zurich space has brought some of the gallery’s Israeli artists to take part in major exhibitions in Switzerland and its surroundings, and to various exhibitions the gallery organized in Zurich showing both European and Israeli artists. The gallery’s expansion prompted close collaborations with Swiss colleagues including joint exhibitions, shared art fair booths and social events. Simultaneously, the gallery has launched Swiss Talks – a series of meetings with prominent figures in contemporary Swiss art and culture in its Tel Aviv office, and Sommer Salon – meetings and gallery talks held with Sommer Contemporary Art’s acclaimed Israeli artists in its Zurich branch. Sommer Contemporary Art continues to bring artistic exchange and experimentation to the forefront. Local and international curators are regularly invited to its Tel Aviv compounds to present projects specially curated for S2 project room, and to take part in research trips, exposing the gallery’s Israeli artists to international crowds.