Art Deco X Bauhaus

Architecture Moderne: Mumbai | Tel Aviv A new exhibition celebrating 30 years of friendship between India and Israel

How is it that two cities, which lay 4,000 km apart – share surprising similarities?

This new exhibition addresses this question with a fascinating combination of striking photographs and introductory texts. It will be on view at the Claude Batley Gallery at Sir JJ College of Architecture from June 10th through June 22, from 11am to 6pm.

In the 1930’s, a new architectural development took place both in Tel Aviv and Mumbai. The urban image of the city transformed into a modernist weave of new city fabric, with neatly laid out plots, uniform footprints and building heights, punctuated by skyline dominating facades of new building typologies.

This exhibition is a way of acknowledging the sorority of cities that shared an architecture of self-similarity, Art Deco in Mumbai and the Bauhaus Style in Tel Aviv. These are evident in cinemas, residential buildings, sacred spaces and more.

Through a series of striking photographs, viewers can see these similarities and contrasts between the ‘White City’ a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Tel Aviv, and The Victorian Gothic and Art Deco Ensembles of Mumbai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Mumbai.

The curator of the exhibition Architecture Moderne: Mumbai | Tel Aviv, Prof. Mustansir Dalvi, said:
“Self-similarity, based on common notions of progress and international modernism, are the hallmarks of the growth of several cities around the world in the 1930s and the 1940s. This is true in the architectural and urban development of both Mumbai and Tel Aviv. This exhibition presents these using the simplest of means — contemporary photographs, and allows the viewer to see for themselves how close we are, despite physical distances and cultural diversities”.

The Seminar on the 10th is by Registration only. Please do so on the link on the poster.