Tourist Tip #230 / Tel Aviv of Yore: Modern Movement Exhibition

What was it like to live in early Tel Aviv? Find out at this migrating exhibition, now next to Glida Montana at the port.

Ruth Schuster
Ruth Schuster
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What was it like to live in Tel Aviv of yesteryear and before? You can get a taste of it, at least, at the exhibition "The White City of Tel Aviv: The Modern Movement" at the Tel Aviv port, from the start of May until June 30.

Tel Aviv came to be known as the White City in the 1930s after the construction of thousands of buildings in the Bauhaus style. The impetus behind the concept was the selection 10 years ago of the White City, by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.

The Modern Movement" exhibition began in the year 2004 at the Tel Aviv Museum and is still touring the world, including shows in Canada, Switzerland, Germany, France and Belgium, where opponents of Israeli policies unsuccessfully tried to have it blocked. Now the exhibition has come back to Tel Aviv.

This version of the exhibition is a limited one, points out Prof. Nitza Metzger-Szmuk, its curator and creatorin collaboration with fellow architect Tal Eyal. It does not have the full array of the original show or the international one, which she adds is growing all the time as it tours the planet. But it still features the main elements of her concept, shown through photographs, maps and lots of films.

The exhibition is divided into three chapters, she explains, one being the urban qualities of the city. The second is European influences on Tel Aviv – such as the clean lines of Bauhaus- and the third is the architectural language, all three shown through photographs and the multimedia presentations showing Tel Aviv throughout its history through to the present. "The purpose is to teach the residents of Tel Aviv what the White City is," Metzger-Szmuk says.

Next in line to learn are the good citizens of St. Petersburg, Russia, the next stop for the migrating exhibition. Meanwhile, if you drive to see it at the Tel Aviv port, you'll have to pay for parking. Entering the exhibit is free.

Sunday to Thursday, 2-8 PM
Friday 10 AM -3 PM
Shabbat 11 AM – 8 PM

Location: Tel Aviv Port, the renewed old exhibition grounds, Building 16, eastern side.

More usefully, ask anybody at the port where the iconic Glida Montana ice cream shop is. The exhibition is next door. And do note that the Tel Aviv port area is large: if walking is an issue, ask for directions to  parking by Glida Montana.

An African migrant looks at a Bauhaus-style building in Tel Aviv. The images on the porch are cut-outs.Credit: Alex Levac
A Bauhaus building on Ahad Ha'am Street.
Rothschild Boulevard.
The French Institute on Rothschild Boulevard.
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A Bauhaus building on Ahad Ha'am Street.Credit: Ofer Vaknin
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Rothschild Boulevard.Credit: David Bachar
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The French Institute on Rothschild Boulevard.Credit: Dan Keinan