Bauhaus at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art

This city is the ideal place for a Bauhaus exhibition. Tel Aviv has more buildings in the Bauhaus and International Style than any other city in the world. The more than 4,000 such buildings in the Israeli metropolis make up the so-called White City, a World Heritage Site since 2003. The architects were mainly German Jews forced to leave their home country when the National Socialists took power. They brought the new style to Palestine.

With The Bauhaus – #itsalldesign, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art is now honoring this interdisciplinary “laboratory of modernism.” But the Deutsche Bank-sponsored exhibition does not simply present rarely shown exhibits from design, architecture, art, film, and photography. In addition, the Bauhaus engages in dialogue with current tendencies. Thus the show, organized by the Vitra Design Museum, illustrates the surprising topicality of the legendary institution, whose teachers and students hailed from 27 different countries. Aside from historical artworks by Marianne Brandt, Marcel Breuer, Lyonel Feininger, Herbert Bayer, Oskar Schlemmer, and Walter Gropius, contemporary works by Konstantin Grcic, Olaf Nicolai, Adrian Sauer, and Alberto Meda are on view. They transport the ideas of the Bauhaus to the present.

This juxtaposition gives the Bauhaus a new, differentiated image. The show dispenses with the cliché of cool, minimalist, geometric Bauhaus design. Furthermore, it documents the designers’ interest in social contexts, experiments, and processes.The exhibition also makes it clear that the Bauhaus’ open conception of design made a key contribution to the omnipresence of design today, in all areas of life, a connection alluded to by the subtitle of the show #itsalldesign.

It’s all design – this statement seems also fitting for the multifaceted work of Roberto Burle Marx. Next summer Deutsche Bank KunstHalle introduces the influential protagonist of Modernism in Berlin. In cooperation with the Jewish Museum in New York, where the comprehensive retrospective was until recently on view, it hounours Brazilian landscape architec, best known for his iconic seaside pavements on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach. The son of a German Jewish emigrant studied painting in Berlin in 1928 where he came in touch with the progressive art of his time. The abstract forms of Cubism should influence many of his works as a painter and sculptor; a designer of textiles, jewelry, theater sets, and costumes; a ceramicist and stained-glass artist.

The Bauhaus  –  #itsalldesign
10/15/2016 – 1/7/2017
Tel Aviv Museum of Art