MoMA Museum of Modern Art

Munio Gitai Weinraub

24 Oct 2013 - 22 Jan 2014

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
Revisiting a Kibbutz
24 October 2013 – 22 January 2014

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.

Tags: Gabriele Basilico, Amos Gitai, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe