The Production Routes exhibition at Tel Aviv Museum of Art explores how the production and worldwide circulation of prefabricated concrete panels patented between 1931 and 1981 transformed utopian modernist dreams in social and individual flattening. The featured films and models portray the ambivalence of modern housing projects, which aimed to promote equality while they actually reduced life forms to an assembly line. Production Routes is open until the 2nd of May 2015.
The short movie “The Architects” by Amie Siegel shows several offices of NYC architecture practices in a silent slow-motion panoramic. The artist points out the timeless and alienating enviroment of contemporary architecture working spaces.
From Siegel “disinterested gaze” the exhibition lead to Pedro Alonso and Hugo Palmarola study that maps and showcases 28 3D printed models of prefabricated modernist buildings that were conceived and marketed worldwide between the 30s and the 80s.
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Production Routes exhibition is completed by two movies. The documentary by Teri Wehn Damisch and Jean-Louis Cohen explores the hopes tied to architectural modernism in France, the illusions to which it gave rise, and their subsequent rupturing.
Stephan Trüby presents an interview with Friedrich Mielke who developed an esoteric “science of stairs” and explores the social history of stairs and the relations between people and stairs.
Tel Aviv Museum of Art is one of Israel’s leading artistic and cultural institutions and comprises various departments dedicated to modern and contemporary local art, photography, architecture & design and the Old Masters Department featuring with art from the 16th to the 19th century. In addition to its extensive program of permanent and changing exhibitions, the museum offers a vibrant selection of programs and activities for adults, youth and children: concerts, classes, lectures, guided tours, workshops, and more.