Lecture: “Bauhaus” Tel Aviv
History and Significance of a Construction of Meaning


The perception of Tel Aviv’s White City is closely linked to the term “Bauhaus”. It is often used as a synonym for the history of Tel Aviv’s development. Moreover, it is supposed to lend significance to the architectural heritage. In doing so, it obscures the view of the complexity of Tel Aviv’s (architectural) history. And in the German perspective, it also serves as a means of making amends, according to Alexandra Klei.

The lecture will trace these constructions, both in their development and in their functions. Klei will also relate it to the concrete history of the city and its architectural-modern heritage.


Dr. Alexandra Klei is an architectural historian and research associate at the Institute for the History of German Jews in Hamburg. Here she does research about “Jewish Building” between 1945 and 1990 in the Federal Republic of Germany and in the the GDR. In addition, she has dedicated herself for several years to an examination of Tel Aviv’s architectural-modern heritage and its conveyance. Her publication “Wie das Bauhaus nach Tel Aviv kam: Re-Konstruktion einer Idee in Text, Bild und Architektur” was published in 2019 (2nd ed. 2021) by neofelis Verlag in Berlin.

Start: 7 pm
Venue: Vortragsaal Neubau II., Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart (Am Weissenhof 1, 70191 Stuttgart)
Please register beforehand by sending a short email to: info@weissenhofmuseum.de



This event is organised in cooperation with the German-Israeli Society Region Stuttgart e.V.