Bauhaus Magazine issue 2 – Israel
Bauhaus Dessau Foundation (Ed.)
The most important architects who were involved in the construction of the State of Israel and who had a decisive influence on its modern architecture had learned at the Bauhaus in Dessau. Some of them had come to Germany from Palestine specifically to study, others had to emigrate from Nazi Germany in the early 1930s. In Israel, they worked as educators – for example, on the new design of the famous Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem – designing buildings for the kibbutzim, planning cities or, like Arieh Sharon, even settling the whole country. In its current issue, the magazine of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation examines their stories and the manifold after-effects. In the process, a completely new view of the weighty influence of the Bauhaus on the State of Israel emerges.
We visited Jews of German descent, the Jeckes, in their apartments and found the Bauhaus in their living rooms, we talked to the "Israeli Obama", the Knesset member of parliament Dov Khenin, and investigated Tel Aviv's supposed Bauhaus history - which on closer inspection turns out to be pure fiction.
Inevitably, we came across the problem of settlement policy time and again, in our preoccupation with local architecture as well as in our examination of social issues. And we discovered the dazzling personality of Selman Selmanagic, a Bosnian Muslim who built Bauhaus modernism for the Arabs in Palestine – having previously worked in the office of the Jewish architect Richard Kauffmann.
The authors of the current issue include the controversial Israeli architect and journalist Sharon Rotbard, this year's Bauhaus Fellow Zvi Efrat, the architect Joachim Trezib from the University of Braunschweig, the curator and art historian Gideon Ofrat, the architecture historian Karin Wilhelm and the artist Heidi Specker.
2011, Spector Books, Leipzig
152 pp. with numerous illustrations, saddle stitching
Bauhaus Magazine issue 6 – Schlemmer!
Issue # 6 is dedicated to one of the most miscellaneous and most famous Bauhaus artist: Oskar Schlemmer, who is about to be re-discovered by museums worldwide in 2014.
Photographs. Bauhaus Tel Aviv – Jerusalem
Günther Förg's artistic oeuvre encompasses paintings, graphic and sculptural works as well as a great body of architectural photographs. With distinct reference to these existing sequences, a new series about Bauhaus architecture in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv was shot in 2001.
Bauhaus Magazine issue 9 – Substance
What is the substance of the Bauhaus? What is the essence of things in the age of immateriality? Why are artists, designers and scientists increasingly interested in materials? What are the materials of the future? The Bauhaus magazine 9 deals with the topic of substance.