Exhibition at the Max Liebling House, Tel Aviv

From the Second Life. Documents of Forgotten Architectures. – Exhibition Opening

Thursday 14 May 2015, 5:00 pm, Max Liebling House, 29 Idelson Street, Tel Aviv

The exhibition ‘From the Second Life. Documents of Forgotten Architectures.‘ presents research by ar- chitecture and media student in the masters program at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. The project com- bines historical research with film documentation to reflect about architects and artists forces to leave Germany and the occupied parts of Europe after the Nazi regime came to power. In this collective study project, we examined works by these architects and the lives of these architects in exile. The title ‘From the Second Life’ is intended to point to temporal parallels of the ‘life’ or ‘after-life’ of the buildings left behind in Germany, and the lives of various figures involved in the buildings’ histories: the creators, the residents, and the original clients behind these buildings. These architectural remains represent in part scarcely researched locations that until now have found little consideration in architectural history. This is often due to the fact that documents on their creators, the original clients, and their building history were lacking, or because the buildings themselves had been altered to the point of misrecognition.

This research is indebted to the work of Myra Warhaftig (1930-2008) who documented the lives and work of German-Jewish architects who emigrated to Palestine between 1918–1948. The projects pre- sented here started in her archive, then built upon and expanded it. The buildings themselves were thus understood as documentary elements: on the one hand, architecture represented a medium in which history inscribes itself – an object brought to ‘speak’ of its history, while on the other being the subject of documentary representation in various other media forms: photography, model, drawings and let- ters.

Using the medium of film, and in some cases filming itself, the exhibition seeks to represent not only the complex afterlife of architecture but also introduces a polemics about their possible futures. Every film is supported by a ‘reading table’ that presents photographs, letters, plans, artefacts and audio in- terviews documenting an entangled biography of a building with the biography of the architect.