February 12, 2012 Bauhaus

Modern Snapshot: Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv Bauhaus

I just returned from some time exploring the modernism of Tel Aviv. I roamed around taking pictures of some of the 4,000 Bauhaus buildings in the “White City,” finally checked out the small but interesting Bauhaus Museum and toured the new and old buildings of the Tel Aviv  Museum of Art. Check out the images below:

Tel Aviv Bauhaus

Tel Aviv Bauhaus

Tel Aviv Bauhaus

Tel Aviv Bauhaus

Tel Aviv Bauhaus

Tel Aviv Bauhaus

Some of the more dilapidated Bauhaus buildings are renovated in a more contemporary style.

Tel Aviv Bauhaus Renovated

Here’s a couple mid-century modern commercial buildings.

Tel Aviv law office

A law office on Rothschild Boulevard.

Bank Leumi

A Bank Leumi branch above and below.

Bank Leumi

Here are few shots from the Bauhaus Museum. The one-room museum currently has furniture on display, including many pieces by Marcel Breuer.

Marcel Breuer furniture

Bauhaus Museum

One of the new buildings in the city I wanted to see is the Preston Scott Cohen-designed Herta and Paul Amir Building at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, which was established in 1932 in what was once the home of Tel Aviv’s first mayor, Meir Dizengoff. The museum has expanded throughout the years to various buildings, including the 1959 Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art by Dov Carmi, Zeev Rechter and Yaacov Rechter, and its main building, a 1971 Brutalist structure by Dan Eytan and Yitzchak Yashar.

The museum currently has an excellent exhibit on the history of the changing architecture of the museum. While Cohen’s design is definitely of the here and now with its hyperboloid form being crafted with the help of computers, the design fits in with the surrounding architecture in the city. This is true not only because of its color (this is the “White City” after all) but for its boldness and departure from the past–two characteristics that marked the work of the architects that helped build the city from nothing in the early part of the 20th century.

 Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art

The 1959 Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art.

Tel Aviv Museum of Art

The 1971 Brutalist Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

Inside the Tel Aviv Art Museum

Inside the Tel Aviv Art Museum's main building.

Herta and Paul Amir Building

The Herta and Paul Amir Building by Preston Scott Cohen.

Herta and Paul Amir building - inside

Looking up into Cohen's 'Lightfall"--an 87-foot spiraling atrium--in the Amir Building.