"The time of Jewish culture": exhibition open at the town hall

Pinchas Biezunsky was the architect of this Tel Aviv house built in 1935 and renovated in 2012. Photo: Bauhaus Center Tel Aviv

Pinchas Biezunsky was the architect of this Tel Aviv house built in 1935 and renovated in 2012.
Photo: Bauhaus Center Tel Aviv

WIESBADEN – What is the old car doing in front of the new house? However, the projection of a historical record in the crowded district of Rathaus-Festhalle: Oldtimer and the house will probably have about the same year of construction. Only the clear lines of Bauhaus architecture in Tel Aviv have barely aged in 80 or 90 years, while the taste of automotive design has changed considerably since the 1930s.

Architects emigrate to Palestine

Some of the photos shown at the opening of the series "Tarbut – Time for Jewish Culture" in the town hall, we think of the "New Frankfurt" and later important for the urban planner and architect Wiesbaden Ernst May. In the 1930s Working in the Soviet Union and Africa, many Jewish Bauhaus architects emigrated to Palestine and invented the "white city" with more than 4,000 houses.

"They brought their German expertise to a reliable home," says Jacob Gutmark in his welcoming message. The board of directors of the Jewish community of Wiesbaden grew up in Tel Aviv. The exhibition only opened eyes on this architecture, he says. And the mayor of Wiesbaden, Mayor Gert-Uwe Mende, is delighted not only by the crowd, but also by the presence of Hesse anti-Semitism Commissioner Uwe Becker. It is good that there is this function, "just at this moment," the "greatest concern" to prepare.

What did not happen in the May colonies in Frankfurt came to Tel Aviv: in 2003, the Israeli metropolis was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, the "Tarbut" series, organized by the Jewish community of Wiesbaden and offering a rich program until December 15, has just presented at the Rathausfoyer an exhibition on Bauhaus Center Tel Aviv. The exhibition documents on billboards a fascinating architecture entitled "World Heritage Tel Aviv – Preservation of the White City". The photos show true works of art before and after the renovation, often associated with an increase. Unfortunately, the exhibition designed in Tel Aviv only mentions the names of the architects. Nothing is learned about the biographies of emigrants.

This gap is offset at the opening by a very rich and attractive literary and musical program, presented by the actress Christiane Nothofer and set for winds "Ten": After the works of the young Israeli composer Schachar Regev opens a touching passage from Nathan Shacham's novel "Rosendorf" Quartett "series of literary impressions of the" White City. "The Berlin accent of an unexpected opponent allows emigrants to feel again" a solid ground. "Christiane Nothofer enters the presence of Israel with an excerpt from" A fine attempt at assassination "of Assaf Gavron: The fear of terror during a bus ride In many of the works of Israeli composers, interpreted with great sensitivity by the "Ten" set of waves, the objectivity of the Bauhaus style also seems to be preserved musically. , with the native of Leipzig, Shabtai Petrush ka (1903-1997) or 1904, born in Berlin, Yehuda Wohl. The classical modernity of the first third of the century sends a clear message. But not only: The use of the clarinet in Schachar Regev's "Danse Folk" from 2019 cites the klezmer tradition of Eastern Europe.

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