All About Tel Aviv-Jaffa. The Invention of a City

  • cultural history
  • social history
  • contemporary art
  • photography
  • architecture
  • history
  • design

These days, hardly any other metropolis is being celebrated as much as Tel aviv – as an open-minded party city, as a Mecca for Startups and a gay capital, as “White City” and even the “worldwide largest ensemble of Bauhaus architecture”. Or simply as an oasis in the midst of Israel’s, Palestine’s, and the Middle East’s violent national, social and religious conflicts.

The first “Hebrew City” of modernity was founded as a suburb of Jaffa, the old Arab port city. However, after the war of 1948, Jaffa’s few unwrecked structures turned into a backyard of the booming city – and a picturesque backdrop for tourists. To this day, Tel Aviv-Jaffa attempts at reinventing itself time and again. And those who loose in this process of ethnic conflict and gentrification are left in the dark.

Curated by Hannes Sulzenbacher and designed by Ada and Reinhard Rinderer the exhibition “All About Tel Aviv-Jaffa” takes a look – together with Tel Aviv born photographer Peter Loewy – behind the scenes of this successful city branding. It delves into the myths, abysses, and complex realities of a city that was built and shaped by waves of legal and illegal immigrants and refugees. A city that tries to forget its own history and doesn’t think about the future. A city that tries to repress anything that is not “white”.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue that presents, on 464 pages, a journey through the present and history of Tel Aviv-Jaffa and its diverse cityscape, with contributions by historians and writers, architects and sociologists, political activists and artists – and the insightful photographs of Peter Loewy.

For more information see the Jewish Museum Hohenems website.