Eight Decades of Collecting
The Trust’s origins lie in a private family collection that began with its patriarch, Aaron Kroll. He was born in 1904 in Kalisz, Poland, which was an important regional industrial and commercial center. Kroll was a highly regarded professional athlete who participated in many world-class competitions, achieving 32 medals. His most prestigious award was received from Józef Piłsudski – Chief of State of the Second Republic of Poland. He developed a passion for the arts and developed into a highly-motivated, self-thought collector, he spent most of his time learning and enriching his curiosity for art and embraced different movements and styles.
By the end of the 1970’s, his son Michal, now a successful business man, began pursuing his own interest in cultural objects both inspired by his father and his own individual taste. As his own knowledge matured, Kroll devoted himself to the research and self education of both the works he has inherited from his father as well as those he had pursued on his own. Thus two generations of collecting activity were joined as one and the basis of an institutional collection was established. During that time, Kroll was invited to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
Several years ago, the decision was made to formally transfer the family’s collections into a charitable Trust, with Michael Kroll serving as its Chairman and his son Daniel serving as its president. Thus the torch has passed to the third generation, which has thought to diversify the Trust activity to embrace not only collecting art but fostering creative and intellectual prowess through educational programs, publications and, in the near future, exhibitions.