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During my stay in Tel Aviv I had the pleasure to meet Eren Neuman who is a professor of architecture at the Tel Aviv University. We met in the Archive of architecture in the Tel Aviv Museum of Arts. He was back then planning an exhibition about one of the most influencing architects of Israel: Arieh Sharon. In the interview he told me about the different stages of Sharon’s life and what the exhibtion will be about exactly.
You are currently planning an exhibition about Arieh Sharon. Why did you choose him?
It was a coincidence. We opened the Archive in 2010, and the first collection that we got was the collection of Arieh Sharon from his Grandson. His son is also an architect. 1200 boxes donated to the museum – that’s how we opened the archive.
The exhibition is called „The state’s architect“. He was the most important architect in Israel. Once we got Sharon all the rest followed. There was no doubt that we have to make an exhibition about Arieh Sharon, because he was the most influental architect. He planned more than 600 projects – not all realized. The most important thing is: from 1948 to 1953 he was the head of the planning office of the former Prime Minister of Israel, Ben Gurion. 170 architects made a plan for Israel – not only for Tel Aviv! After the state was established they planned the whole country together.
Most of Israel looks like it does today because of him! He was following ideas that were emerging in the US and in Great Britain. After Hiroshima the goal of City planners was not to have to much population in just one spot, so they spread it over the whole country. And Arieh Sharon followed that idea. Also he followed the idea of a German geographer called Christaller.
Sharon has like nine chapters in his life. That’s how we organize the exhibition.
- He was born 1900 in Poland,
- When he was 19 he moved to Israel and established his first Kibbuz. He had a wife and a child, but he lost them both of them when his wife was giving birth in 1925.
- In 1926 he went to Berlin. It is told that he travelled in an U-Bahn and there found a pamphlet of the Bauhaus – that’s how he knew about the Bauhaus. And he studied there von 26 to 29 and worked there with Hannes Meyer.
- In the 30s and 40s he built a lot of buildings in Tel Aviv.
- Then physical planning, for example the Masterplan of Jerusalem
- From the early 60s to 76 he was designing the campus of a university in Africa.
What the other three sections will be about stays a secret for now.