Liebling Haus – The White City Center is an Israeli-German cultural center that seeks to expose and discuss the values of modern architecture and the White City as a world heritage site in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, while expanding its discourse on conservation and urbanism.
The center features exhibition spaces, workspaces, a research lab and a charming café. Various events and tours are open for the general public. The center joins a number of leading cultural institutions in the city, which is an important cultural value asset for its residents and visitors from Israel and around the world.
Liebling Haus – The White City Center
December Events in English
Liebling Haus - The White City Center (WCC) was co-founded by the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality and the German government at a historical and cultural crossroad in the heart of Tel Aviv. The WCC's mission is to actively preserve the heritage of the White City site and the international style, known in Israel as the Bauhaus.
In 2003, UNESCO declared the White City zone in Tel Aviv as a unique World Heritage Site of the modern movement. The White City Center was founded in an effort to advance the recognition of the outstanding architectural landscape of Tel Aviv, with its collection of over 4,000 buildings built in the international style; an unparalleled global phenomenon.
The White City Center operates at the Liebling Haus on 29 Idelson Street, one of a series of historic buildings erected around Bialik Square, in the area that was once the beating heart of Tel Aviv. Built by Tony and Max Liebling in 1936, it was designed by architect Dov Karmi and engineer Tzvi Barak with distinctive characteristics of the international style; entirely different from the decorated home of poet Haim Nachman Bialik, located around the corner.
Propaganda and Visual Representation of Modernism - The Case of Tel Aviv and Gdynia
Tuesday, 17.12 at 19:00, Activity in English, Free Admission
The modernist ideas brought to Israel in the 1930s were visualised in architecture and art, and also incorporated in posters, advertisements and as well as in various other examples of political propaganda. A promise of modernity was essential for Tel Aviv, but also for Gdynia, as both cities symbolized the new beginning – close to the sea and thus open for promising interaction with the external world. Waves of immigration to mandatory Palestine on one hand, and a freshly regained independence of Poland (in 1919) on the other, gave rise to the desire to construct new political imaginery, and Tel Aviv and Gdynia were meant to realize it.
This evening we will present some examples from mandatory Palestine and Gdynia. We shall examine the way modernist ideas penetrated the public consciousness through art, commercial advertisements and visual propaganda.A discussion panel with: Iddo Ginat, Bezalel University, author of a PhD dissertation “The Construction of the Zionist Space in International Exhibitions and Fairs”; Oded Ben Yehuda, Art director, Lecturer and a Design journalist.; Artur Tanikowski, curator of the exhibition “Gdynia – Tel-Aviv” at the POLIN Museum, Warsaw; Anna C. Zielinska, philosopher at the University of Lorraine, France & manager of the European Association of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish JewsThis event is organized by the Liebling Haus – The White City Center in Tel Aviv, The European Association of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Polish Institute in Tel Aviv and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw.
More Than Bauhaus
Friday 27.12 at 11:00, 60 ILS, online registration. Activity in English
The tour will introduce you to the historical background and evolution of Tel Aviv’s diverse architecture and building heritage, focusing on the international style.
The tour offers an introduction to the White City of Tel Aviv, highlighting contemporary conservation and urban planning challenges faced by the city’s planners. The tour centers around Bialik-Allenby - a fascinating urban microcosm, where we can discuss the urban changes happening before our eyes. The tour includes a visit to the exhibitions at the Liebling Haus, a typical international style residential building recently converted into a public center. A tour guided by the Liebling Haus’ team of architects, city planners, and conservation experts.
See the full events schedule in Liebling Haus Event Page
29 Idelson St, Tel Aviv-Yafo, + 972 3647 3239
Sun, Mon, Wed, Thu 8:00-19:00
Photo credit Yael Shmident