100 Years of Bauhaus

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, the iconic school of art and architecture. Bauhaus style is characterized by, radically simplified forms; rationality and functionality; and the idea that individual artistic spirit was not at odds with mass production.  Founded in Germany by Walter Gropius the school of architecture was closed in 1933 when the Nazis took power. Many of its students, including all the Jewish ones, left Germany and went on to design buildings in major urban centers around the world. Due to the large influx of new immigrants Tel Aviv saw in the wake of WWII thousands of buildings needed to be constructed. Dozens of architects were involved in the enterprise, six of whom were former Bauhaus students: Shlomo Bernstein, Munio Gitai-Weinraub, Shmuel Mestechkin, Chanan Frenkel, and Arieh Sharon. Their influence can still be seen in Tel Aviv today. Known as the white city, because of the large number of Bauhaus style buildings built in the 30s and 40s, Tel Aviv is a UNESCO world heritage site and is home to around 2,000 protected buildings many of which have been preserved and remain beautiful examples of this iconic style. To read more>>

Ehrlich House, 79 Herzl Street by Ze’ev Haller, 1933

Rubinsky House, 65 Shenkin Street by Abraham Markusfeld, 1935