M.T. Abraham Foundation

Amir Kabiri Gross, President

The M. T. Abraham Center for the Visual Arts is a non-profit organization. The head office of the Centre is located in Paris (France) and his collections are preserved in Geneva, Switzerland. The center was founded by the descendants of Abraham Tamir Mansur after his death in 1999. The stated goal of the Center is to promote public appreciation for the European and Russian modern art through the collection of works of art that can be " for the sole purpose of display as well as the studies by public institutions " borrowed.


Since 2011, the center is owned by more than 300 works by more than 50 artists. The focus of the collection is in accordance with the objectives of the Centre, especially on the European and Russian modernism of the late 19th and 20th centuries from various genres of Post- Impressionism, Constructivism, Cubism, Cubo- Futurism, Neo - Primitivism, Rayonism, Suprematism and Futurism.

The center has a complete collection of sculptures by Edgar Degas. Apart from M. T. Abraham Center for the Visual Arts have nearly complete collections of his bronze sculptures since 2010 only four museums in the world. The collection of Degas sculptures was at the National Art Gallery in Sofia, Bulgaria, the Tel Aviv Art Museum loaned in Israel Israel, and the Instituto Valenciano Arte Moderno.

The following is an excerpt other artists who are represented in the collection:

  • Avigdor Arikha
  • Alexei Chostenko
  • Salvador Dali
  • Natalia Goncharova
  • Boris Grigoriev
  • Menashe Kadishman
  • Raffi Kaiser
  • Boris Kleint
  • Moshe Kupperman
  • Mikhail Larionov
  • Uri Lifshitz
  • Nadav Lifshitz
  • Lazar Lissitzky
  • Kazimir Malevich
  • Intermediate Milshtein
  • Joan Miró
  • Vera Pestel
  • Nikolai Pirosmani - Shvili
  • Vladimir B. Raisin
  • Henri Rousseau
  • David Shterenberg
  • Sergei Senkin
  • Vladimir Tatlin
  • Vladimir Titov


The organization was first launched by the family of Abraham Tamir Mansur 2004. MT Abraham was born on April 27, 1912 in Aden in Yemen, as the country was still under British occupation. In the following years, Abraham became a legal expert on African and Asian norms and was honored for his work by the UK with the George Medal. In addition, Abraham was a meticulous and avid art collector who primarily focused on Russian and Western European art. Many of the works were collected by him at that time as insignificant. MT Abraham died on 9 January 1999 at the age of 86 years.

2004 taught his children and grandchildren on the basis and with the help of his various collections a the center. Current president of the nonprofit facility is Amir Kabiri Gross (2012 ).


The stated mission of the Centre, as already mentioned, in the promotion of public appreciation for the Russian and European Modern Art. The center has a program for loans. It also supports public exhibitions of renowned institutions, which themselves do not have sufficient means to do so.

The educational mission of the Centre is based on the support of " exhibitions that promote respect and understanding of art, its history, its context and its meaning. " Educational programs for children and young adults, which are conducted by artists, educators and other art experts, accompany the exhibitions which are sponsored by the center. In addition, the center provides support young artists and students in their study of Judaism.


Ilya Chashnik, Suprematist Composition, oil on canvas, 1920

Boris Kleint, Abstract Composition, 1939

El Lissitzky, Proun, 1924

Ernest Freed, Abstract Composition, 1948

Henri Rousseau, Three Apes In The Orange Grove, 1907

Herbert Bayer, barn wall, 1936

Hermann Max Pechstein Head of a Woman, 1911

Joseph Csaky, Tête, 1914

Nikolai Pirosmani - Shvili, Farmer with a Bull, 1916

Roberto Matta, Three Figures, 1958

Salvador Dali, The Rainbow, 1972