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Erich Mendelsohn and the White City of Tel Aviv:
Efforts to Create Synthesis between Functionalism and Expressive Form and to Achieve Union between West and East


The Alvar Aalto Academy’s spring lecture will discuss the architect Erich Mendelsohn and his efforts to find a link between the East and the West, and between the natural and the non-natural. In addition to covering Mendelsohn’s prolific career, the lecture will touch upon the city of Tel Aviv, where Mendelsohn’s architectural influence is strongly evident.

The lecture will be given by Michael Levin, a professor in art and architectural history at the Tel Aviv University. Previously, Levin has worked, for example, as curator and director at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. He is also well-known for his publications on Israel and Jerusalem.

Please, remember to register here.

The spring lecture is also on Facebook.

After the Alvar Aalto Academy spring lecture, the audience can continue the evening with an open lecture entitled ‘Learnt In Translation: Process of Learning from African Space Making’. This lecture will be held at the Museum of Finnish Architecture at 6:30 pm. The lecturer will be the architect Peter Rich.

An Alvar Aalto Academy open lecture:

Wednesday, 23 April 2014, at 5:00 pm
Auditorium in the Sähkötalo building at Runeberginkatu 1 A, 00100 Helsinki
(Please note the changed address!)

The lecture will be in English
Free admission

More information:
Merja Vainio,, tel. +358 400 772 636, Alvar Aalto Museum