Munio Gitai Weinraub: Revisiting a Kibbutz

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Gabriele Basilico. Kibbutz Kfar Masaryk, Israel. 1994. Courtyard of the dining hall designed by Munio Gitai Weinraub, 1962–63. Pigmented inkjet print, 31 1/2 x 63" (80 x 160 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Studio Gabriele Basilico

Munio Gitai Weinraub: Revisiting a Kibbutz

October 24, 2013–January 22, 2014
The Philip Johnson Architecture and Design Galleries, third floor

This installation of recent acquisitions explores a modern kibbutz designed by the Israeli architect Munio Gitai Weinraub (Israeli, 1909–1970) and built between 1963 and 1967 in Kfar Masaryk, in northern Israel. A Bauhaus Dessau–trained architect who studied under Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Hannes Meyer before emigrating to Palestine in 1934, Weinraub’s work has been long overlooked. A prolific architect of public buildings, workers’ housing, kibbutzim, and educational institutions, Weinraub created projects that exemplify the strong modernist tradition in postwar Israeli architecture. This installation revisits his important later work, Kibbutz Kfar Masaryk. This meticulously detailed, open structure's design is characteristic of Weinraub’s investment in the social experiments of the period. Works by Weinraub, the photographer Gabriele Basilico, and the filmmaker Amos Gitai present the building in different mediums, offering three perspectives on one architectural space.

Organized by Pedro Gadanho, Curator, Department of Architecture and Design.

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Image: Gabriele Basilico. Kibbutz Kfar Masaryk, Israel. 1994. Courtyard of the dining hall designed by Munio Gitai Weinraub, 1962–63. Pigmented inkjet print, 31 1/2 x 63" (80 x 160 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Studio Gabriele Basilico