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What Is Bauhaus

Bauhaus school in Dessau
The Bauhaus school building

The Bauhaus was a school which operated in Germany between 1919 and 1933 and was devoted to art, architecture and design. It had remarkable influences on all these disciplines. Although throughout it’s years it carried varied approaches, some ideas were maintained. One main principle is the reunion of the arts and the crafts in order to achieve total works of art. According to this principle, all arts, as well as new technologies, should be combined in the art of building.

A significant approach in the school was the search for the basic ingredients of art and design. Thus evolved the “Bauhaus Style” in architecture and design—in which primary forms and colors are given great importance.

The Bauhaus had a great impact on the Modern Movement in architecture, embracing functionalism and rationality and condemning ornament. The architectural style of the modern movement is called “The International Style” or “Bauhaus Style”. This style is characterized by asymmetry, compositions of primary volumes—cubic and rounded, ribbon windows, pilots, thermometer windows, balconies, roof terraces and plays of shadow and light.

Bauhaus in Israel

Reading station
Modern white building rises from the sand in Tel Aviv

Four Israeli architects studied in the Bauhaus school: Arieh Sharon, Shmuel Mestechkin, Munio Gitai-Weinraub and Shlomo Bernstein. However, the influence of the Bauhaus on the architecture built in Israel in the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s was by far wider than being expressed by those architects only. The legacy of the Bauhaus was absorbed by other architects, studying in Brussels, Ghent and Italy, such as: Dov Carmi, Genia Averbuch, Ben-Ami Shulman, Ze’ev Rechter and Joseph Neufeld. And of course—all of those prominent figures presented the new ideas to just everyone who was around.

In Tel Aviv only, more than 4,000 “Bauhaus Style” buildings were built. Thousands more were built in Haifa, Jerusalem, the Kibbutzim and elsewhere in Israel. The main question is, therfore—how, in an era when this new style was still unpopular, did it reach such magnitude in the built work in Israel? The main answer is that the social-cultural ideology behind the “Bauhaus Style” fit like a glove to the socialist-Zionist movement and to the striving of this movement to create a new world. White houses, in every sense—form, style, material, functionality, color—grew from the sands without a past, towards a future.

About the center

Bauhaus Center Tel Aviv was established in 2000 by Dr. Asher Ben-Shmuel, Shlomit Gross and Dr. Micha Gross. Its goal is to expand public recognition of the “White City” as a unique architectural and cultural site. To achieve this, the center holds a gallery with a permanent collection and changing exhibitions, conducts tours of the city and is a publishing dedicated to the subject. The center cooperates with the Israeli Committee for UNESCO and the municipality of Tel Aviv-Yafo as well as with various institutions, museums and galleries.

Tours

The best way to understand the virtues of Tel Aviv’s unparalleled architecture and urban landscape is through a concise guided tour. The center, together with the Israeli National Committee for UNESCO, offers the most professional tours, given by expert guides. Over 15,000 people have taken our tours over the last 10 years! Our tours are offered at various times and numerous languages and are continuously fully booked. If you want to stay spontaneous or can’t make it for one of our guided tours, we provide audio guides in various languages and accompanied by videos and maps. Learn more...

Every Friday at 10:00 starting at the center

Exhibitions

Our center includes a gallery hosting changing exhibitions about Bauhaus architecture and design, the city of Tel Aviv and contemporary art, design and architecture. Learn more...

Current Exhibition

Israel According To Lipti

In the 1980s and ’90s, Lipti T-shirts were a big hit in Israel. Crisp white t-shirts printed with colorful scenes of Israel—Tel Aviv, Hamidbar, sabras, wild flowers—playful, naïve, sweet and … wildly popular! Now, (do we need “some”?) twenty years later, a book by Ruth Adler, the artist behind Lipti, is being released. This evocative collection of Lipti artwork offers a nostalgic glimpse into the country at the end of the last century. Learn more...

Dates: March 28, 2014—April 30, 2014

Shop

The center’s shop includes a bookstore and a designers boutique. The bookstore focuses on Bauhaus history and legacy, the city of Tel Aviv, design and architecture. The boutique offers original Bauhaus items as well as contemporary Israeli design. If you are not visiting Tel Aviv in the near future, some of the items are offered in our online store.

Publishing House

Our center in also a publishing house in its areas of expertise: Bauhaus, Tel Aviv, architecture and design. Please take a look at the books published by us in our online store. If you are an author in these fields or a book distributor, please email us and we shall respond shortly.

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