Exhibitions – Retrospective

Heimatcontainer. German prefabricated houses in Israel

Berlin, late 1920s. The company Hirsch Kupfer und Messing AG develops a prefabricated house made from copper – the weather-resistant material, which is available in abundance after WW I. There are plans to build hundreds of houses, with names such as “Copper Castle” and “Spring Dream”. In 1931, Walter Gropius is commissioned to refine the designs. However, the Great Depression and Hitler’s takeover intervene; all at once, the prefabricated houses are called “Jerusalem”, “Tel Aviv” and “Lebanon”. The company advertises as follows in the newspaper Jüdischen Rundschau: “Take a copper house with you to Palestine. Live in cool rooms in high temperatures”. The exhibition shows artworks by Daniel Bauer, Hannes Gieseler, Annette Kelm, Wiebke Loeper and Bas Princen. Their works trace the history of the copper houses in Germany and Israel. The exhibition is realised under the patronage of Is-rael’s Ambassador to Germany.
Curators: Friedrich von Borries, Jens-Uwe Fischer
Participating artists: Daniel Bauer, Hannes Gieseler, Annette Kelm, Wiebke Loeper, Bas Princen