Social Construction

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The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Social Construction
Modern Architecture in British Mandate Palestine
7. July 2016- 31. December 2016
Curator: Oren Sagiv
Palevsky Design Pavilion
Derech Ruppin 11
Opposite the Knesset, Zip: 9171002
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Zina Dizengoff Circle, by architect Genia Averbuch | Library of Congress,
Prints & Photographs Division
 
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1995 – 2016.
Social Construction
Modern Architecture in British Mandate Palestine
A journey in time to the period when a person’s home in Israel’s main cities was regarded as public – and the public sphere was seen as the belonging to each citizen. Around a hundred photographs and original architectural drawings from the 1930s illustrate how the encounter between the Socialist values of the nascent state and modern International Style formulated an original architectural language.
 
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The result, as reflected in the Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem cityscapes, had its expression in rooftops teeming with activity, balconies which extended the residents’ living space from their lounge right into the street and a merger of public street life and private courtyards. “For a short moment in history, the Hebrew city embodies a particular modern architectural style, which evolved into the style that was identified with the nation’s building and the settlement of the land”, says exhibition curator, Oren Sagiv. “This perspective clarifies the changes that took place in our society over these decades, which are still reflected in the landscape of our cities today”.
 
The exhibition is based on the publication Architecture in Palestine during the British mandate, 1917-1948 by Ada Karmi-Melamede and Dan Price, the product of a 25 year long architectural research conducted by the authors.

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Exploring another dimension of European influence on the evolution of Israel’s modernist visual heritage, this exhibition examines the significant impact of early 20th-century European modernism on the architectural language of Palestine during the period of the British Mandate, which came to be known in Palestine as White Architecture. Architecture in Palestine draws inspiration from the extensive research of Israel Prize-winning architect Ada Karmi-Melamede and architect Dan Price, whose accompanying book of the same title explores not only the tectonic and functional aspects of this new architecture, but also the relationships among values, place, and form that influenced the formation of this new language in a new land. The exhibition features documentary, analytical, and interpretive drawings that provide an alternative understanding of modern architecture as an evolving language, together with stunning archival photography of some of the iconic architectural projects of the time.

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The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
Social Construction
Modern Architecture in British Mandate Palestine
Gallery Talks
With assistant curator Yonatan Caneti
09. November 2016 | 12 H
Language: Hebrew
Curator: Oren Sagiv
7. July 2016- 31. December 2016
Palevsky Design Pavilion
Derech Ruppin 11
Opposite the Knesset, Zip: 9171002

http://www.imj.org.il/exhibitions/presentation/exhibit/?id=1085

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