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Modernity in three acts / Gdynia-Bernau-Tel Aviv


An educational seminar organized by the Pilecki Institute in Warsaw and the Gdynia City Museum, with instructors from the White City Center.

October 3-8 (Gdynia, Poland), October 23-28 (Bernau, Germany).

Three cities who shaped local and international modernist language are at the center of the study of modernity: The city of Gdynia is a symbol of modern, interwar Poland. Gdynia, like Tel Aviv, adopted modernism and developed a unique identity: a combination of cosmopolitan atmosphere and national pride that turned it into a major financial, cultural, and political hub.

The town of Bernau near Berlin houses the ADGB Trade Union School, designed by Hannes Meyer, director of the Bauhaus school in Dessau in 1928. The building reflects the Bauhaus principles, and UNESCO recently declared it a World Heritage Site (Baudenkmal Bundesschule Bernau). Architect Arieh Sharon, Meyer's student, managed his firm in Berlin and headed the project.


Architect Winfried Brenne, the advisor to the conservation of the Liebling House, led the renovation of the school in Bernau before UNESCO's announcement. Brenne is a leading conservation expert, specializing in international style architecture.

Tel Aviv was born of modernity and embodies some of its values. The Mediterranean city is where ideas and circumstances that first emerged in Gdynia and Bernau have come together.

Art and humanities students from Poland and Germany will participate in the seminar, discussing and exploring the possible effects of modernity on contemporary and future culture. The workshop is part of the interdisciplinary Exercising modernity project of the Pilecki Institute in Warsaw. The project website



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