Born in Israel in 1980, Amir Gross Kabiri has a background in Business Administration and Managerial Economics. Mr. Kabiri has served as the president of the M.T. Abraham Foundation since it was established in 2004. He has always been adamant about keeping the works of art held by M.T. Abraham Foundation in the public domain via a Loan Program. He has also developed the Foundation’s cultural activities in cooperation with museums and institutions around the world, and has overseen international exhibitions in different museums and art institutions. He co-directed the publication Selling Russia’s Treasures—dealing with how the Soviets traded away unique works of art, including treasures drawn from the collections of the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg. As of early 2015, with the support and collaboration of the Lissitzky Foundation and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (The Netherlands), Mr. Kabiri is managing the publication of El Lissitzky’s “Jewish Period” catalogue raisonné.
Mr. Kabiri acts also as the president of the Hermitage Museum Foundation Israel. In collaboration with the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs he takes an active role in strengthening the cultural relations between Israel and Russia, especially between the State Hermitage Museum, the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, and the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art. The goals of the Hermitage Museum Foundation Israel are to serve as a cultural bridge between leading Israeli art institutions and the State Hermitage Museum by introducing the Israeli public to the treasures of the Hermitage and by bringing Israeli art to Saint Petersburg. The Foundation strives also to promote and organize lectures, seminars, cultural exchanges and exhibitions in respect of the artistic, scientific, cultural and educational activities of the State Hermitage Museum.