Programm of the Symposium

16 October 2015 "Building for the Community – Bauhaus and Tel Aviv. " at the Bauhaus Dessau

Programme overview

  • 10.15 a.m.     
    Welcome
    Claudia Perren, director and chief executive officer of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
    Ran Yaakoby, cultural attaché of the Embassy of the State of Israel, Berlin
  • 10.30 a.m.    
    Introduction
    Vice-Versa: Bauhaus and Tel Aviv
    Werner Möller, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
  • 10.50 a.m.    
    Arieh Sharon: "Kibbutz and Bauhaus“ – From a Student of the Bauhaus to the Architect of Israel
    Panel discussion with Zvi Efrat (Tel Aviv), Ines Sonder (Potsdam) and Michael Levin (Ramat Gan)
    Moderator: Ines Weizman (Weimar)
  • 11.45 a.m.    
    Coffee break
  • 12 p.m.     
    Building, Researching, Preserving: Selected Projects in Tel Aviv, Dessau and Bernau
    Panel discussion with Winfried Brenne (Berlin) and Jeremie Hoffmann (Tel Aviv)
    Moderator: Sharon Golan (Tel Aviv)
  • 1 p.m.        
    Lunch
  • 1.45 p.m.    
    Tour through the Bauhaus for guests and panellists
  • 3 p.m.    
    Tel Aviv and Bauhaus. The Collective Society between Urbanity and Kibbutz
    Panel discussion with Gisela Dachs (Tel Aviv), Ines Sonder (Potsdam), Regina Bittner (Dessau), Sharon Golan (Tel Aviv), Jeremie Hoffmann (Tel Aviv), Ines Weizman (Weimar), Michael Levin (Ramat Gan) and Zvi Efrat (Tel Aviv)
    Moderator: Werner Möller (Dessau)
  • 4 p.m.        
    Visit to the Balcony Access Houses and the Dessau-Törten Information Centre (registration required by 01.10.2015 at service@bauhaus-dessau.de)
  • 5.30 p.m.    
    Return to the Bauhaus
  • 6 p.m.    
    Book presentation in the design shop with Ines Sonder (Potsdam), Michael Levin (Ramat Gan) and Stephanie Kloss (Berlin)
    "Carmel. International Style in Haifa", with photos by Stephanie Kloss

This year, Germany and Israel are celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations. For the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, this marks an occasion to reflect on the idea of collective building and thus the relationship between Bauhaus and Israel in a symposium. The symposium is broken down into three panel discussions with related content.

Panel discussion 1

  • Arieh Sharon:
    "Kibbutz and Bauhaus" – From a Student of the Bauhaus to he Architect of Israel

Panel discussion with Zvi Efrat (Tel Aviv), Ines Sonder (Potsdam) and Michael Levin (Ramat Gan), Moderator: Ines Weizman (Weimar)

In 1926, Arieh Sharon came to the Bauhaus Dessau as a young Zionist to study architecture under Walter Gropius. From Palestine/Israel, he brought a lot of experience with him, about living in a community from the kibbutz movement. In 1927, he met Hannes Meyer, who understood architecture as building for the community, in the construction department of the Bauhaus. After his time in Dessau and Berlin, he went back to Palestine in 1931 and took over the leadership of the National Planning Department in Jerusalem, after the foundation of the state of Israel. His autobiographical, synoptic book “Kibbutz+Bauhaus” was published in 1976. This book is the starting point for the first discussion round of the symposium.


Panel discussion 2

  • Building, Researching, Preserving:
    Selected Projects in Tel Aviv, Dessau and Bernau

Panel discussion with Winfried Brenne (Berlin) and Jeremie Hoffmann (Tel Aviv), Moderator: Sharon Golan (Tel Aviv)

The second panel discussion focuses on architects for concrete building projects in Germany and Israel. Four structures are examined which, in formal terms, are very similar but very different in their cultural, social and economic contexts. An architectural debate that spans the historical building process through to issues related to landmark preservation today.


Panel discussion 3

  • Tel Aviv and Bauhaus. The Collective Society between Urbanity and the Kibbutz

Panel discussion with Gisela Dachs (Tel Aviv), Ines Sonder (Potsdam), Regina Bittner (Dessau), Sharon Golan (Tel Aviv), Jeremie Hoffmann (Tel Aviv), Ines Weizman (Weimar), Michael Levin (Ramat Gan) and Zvi Efrat (Tel Aviv)
Moderator: Werner Möller (Dessau)

The urbanisation of Israel is characterised by contradictions up to the present day. The "black" Tel Aviv (Sharon Rotbard) vs. the internationally exalted "White City", the Zionist history of the city's formation with the focus on community and collective vs. the protests against the socio-political grievances in the summer of 2011. The closing panel offers a platform for sharing personal experiences and individual predictions. What is the significance of the collectives of new building in Palestine/Israel in light of privatisation, real estate speculation, sub-urbanisation and "museumisation"?


The symposium will be followed by a book presentation (after 6 p.m.)
"Carmel. International Style in Haifa" with photos by Stephanie Kloss
with Ines Sonder (Potsdam), Michael Levin (Ramat Gan) and Stephanie
Kloss (Berlin)

Haifa's unique panoramic view on the Mediterranean coast has fascinated architects since as early as the 1930s and 1940s. A remarkable diversity of modern architecture with international style has emerged. The Berlin-based photographer Stephanie Kloss has portrayed the legacy of this Haifa modernity in aesthetically sophisticated photos. A book that focuses on an architectural legacy threatened by reconstruction and decay.


In the afternoon we offer a trip to the Balcony Access Houses by Hannes Meyer, fee EUR 4.00, registration at service@bauhaus-dessau.de by 1 October.


Symposium participant

The panellists are internationally renowned architects, landmark preservationists, art historians and cultural scientists:

  • Michael Levin, head of the Multidisciplinary Art Department at Shenkar College in Ramat Gan and curator of, among others, the exhibition "White City. International Style Architecture in Israel" (1984)
  • Gisela Dachs, author and journalist, Tel Aviv
  • Zvi Efrat, architect and architectural historian, partner at Efrat-Kowalsky Architects, Tel Aviv
  • Jeremie Hoffmann, director of Tel Aviv’s Municipal Conservation Department
  • Ines Weizman, junior professor for architectural theory, Bauhaus University Weimar and director of the Bauhaus Institute for Architectural History and Theory
  • Winfried Brenne, Brenne Architects, Berlin
  • Sharon Golan, architect in Tel Aviv’s Municipal Conservation Department
  • Ines Sonder, researcher in the area of art and architectural history at the Moses Mendelssohn Centre in Potsdam
  • Regina Bittner, head of the Academy of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Cultural scientist and curator of many exhibitions on architecture, urban and cultural history of modernism
  • Werner Möller, researcher at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and, among others, co-curator of the exhibition "Kibbutz and Bauhaus. Pioneers of the Collective" (2011)

Event organiser

Bauhaus Foundation Dessau, 
Regina Bittner, Monika Markgraf, Werner Möller and Alexia Pooth

Event location

Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
Gropiusallee 38
06846 Dessau-Roßlau
Germany

Information: +49-340-6508-250


In cooperation with the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation of Saxony-Anhalt, supported by the "White City Network" under the auspices of the Israeli Embassy.

    


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