Günther Förg. Photographs
Bauhaus Tel Aviv – Jerusalem
Ed. by Politischer Club Colonia (PCC)
With texts by Herman Beil, Rudolf Schmitz, Rudolf Grass, Anke Terschüsen
Günther Förg's artistic oeuvre encompasses paintings, graphic and sculptural works as well as a great body of architectural photographs relating to such buildings as Villa Malaparte or House Wittgenstein. With distinct reference to these existing sequences, a new series about Bauhaus architecture in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv was shot in 2001. The buildings were designed in the 1930s and 40s largely by architects who had emigrated from Europe. Their intention was to implement the social, technical and aesthetic principles postulated by Bauhaus which had been closed down by the Nazis in 1933. Arieh Sharon, Sam Barkai, Genia Averbouch, Ze´ev Haller, Pinchas Hütt, Richard Kauffmann, Erich Mendelsohn and others foremost endeavoured to build affordable housing for the present wave of immigration – working-class housing developments, villas, studios. More than 1500 of these buildings still lend a distinct character to the cityscape of Tel Aviv today, the largest ensemble of this particular style world-wide. Günther Förg's photographic research using a 35 mm camera and zoom lense presents the uncompromisingly modern architecture in an unembellished way, sometimes delapidated, often featuring careless renovations or additions – as monuments that have stubbornly defied the course of time, representing the unbroken spirit of a new era and the social utopias of their time.
Exhibition Schedule: Stiftung Weimarer Klassik·Schillermuseum Weimar February 15–April 14, 2002 · Tel Aviv Museum of Art November–December 2002
2002, Hatje Cantz Verlag
208 pp., 182 ills., softcover
German, English, Hebrew
Georg Muche wurde am Bauhaus „archipeintre“ genannt. Neben der Malerei interessiert er für Architektur und entwarf das Haus am Horn in Weimar.
This volume shows, in over 80 unique photographs—taken in the still empty rooms immediately after the general renovation of 1996–2006—the transparency and lightness of an exceptionally sensate modern architecture, whose surprising and bold colouration debunks the myth of a “white Modernism”.
Die Gärten des Bauhauses
Diese erste grundlegende Auseinandersetzung mit den Gärten des Bauhauses von Walter Gropius und Carl Fieger vermittelt nicht nur wertvolle Erkenntnisse über Entwurfsplanung und Realisierung, sondern fördert auch die zum Teil erheblichen Eingriffe durch zahlreiche Renovierungsmaßnahmen zutage.