An Ode to Brutalism

by Camea Smith | 27.12.17

The exposed concrete surfaces and rugged exteriors synonymous with Brutalist architecture were important components in many of the buildings built in Tel Aviv during the 1960s and 1970s. The participants of Cheeky Concrete, an exhibition paying homage to Tel Aviv’s brutalist heritage, have initiated various projects, suggesting new ways to interpret obsolete landmarks.

Cheeky Concrete is the main exhibition of the annual urban art festival Loving Art. Making Art. Curated by Hila Cohen-Schneiderman, the multidisciplinary events wish to reflect on the national and aesthetic values of the brutalist buildings. The chosen sites are located in the area of Beit Ariela Library and the Kirya government center and IDF base.

Among the site-specific artworks created for the exhibition are permanent contributions to the city’s Brutalist venues, such as a public plaza renewed by the artist Maayan Elyakim for the Europe Square (35 Shaul Hamelech Street), complete with a floor relief, a granulite sculpture and a succulent garden, as well as a virtual reality installation by Inbar Hagai, displayed outside of the Tel Aviv Courthouse (1 Weizmann Street).

The time-based works include a performative tour led by Yochai Avrahami and Maya Sharabani-Elran through the art collection of the Kibbutz Movement House (13 Leonardo da Vinci Street) and a program by the Voice of the Next State, a broadcasting station co-founded by Omer Krieger and Hillel Roman. In the live broadcast from Sarona Park (14 Eliezer Kaplan Street), speakers will be invited to share their vision for future regional peace and coexistence.

The Beit Ariela Library (25 Shaul Hamelech Street) will host a group exhibition, in which the interdisciplinary artist Ohad Fishof will partake with A Lecture About Architecture, an audio-visual performance made in collaboration with The Israel Architecture Archive. The exhibition will run from December 28 until December 30. Opening hours: Thursday – 18:00-22:00, Friday and Saturday – 10:00-16:00.

The Europe Square. Photo: Tomer Appelbaum

Planting a cacti garden for Maayan Elyakim’s work at Europe Square. Photo: Tomer Appelbaum

Hila Cohen-Schneiderman and Maayan Elyakim installing the artist’s new work at Europe Square. Photo: Tomer Appelbaum

Ohad Fishof in the performance “A Lecture About Architecture”


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