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The Munio Gitai Weinräub Architecture Museum *

HaNassi Blvd 135, Haifa Munio Gitai Weinraub Museum of Architecture

This is Israel’s first museum devoted to architecture puts spotlight on the Bauhaus style. In 2014, the Munio Gitai Weinraub Architecture Museum opened in Haifa, dedicated to Weinraub’s private collection and in honor of Israeli architecture. The museum was established by his son, Amos Gitai, and includes Weinraub’s private archive and a room restoring the studio where he worked. The museum was established in collaboration with the Haifa Municipality.

The museum’s opening exhibition was ‘The Architecture of Memory’, curated by Amos Gitai. The exhibition was accompanied by the book “Carmel”, in collaboration with the Munio Gitai Weinraub Architecture Museum and the Haifa Museums.

Every year, the museum hosts several exhibitions on Israeli and international architecture, and various events such as conferences and public conversations with architects and artists. The exhibitions in the museum are partly thematic and partly mono-graphic, and their purpose is to create discussions and raise questions concerning architecture that are at the center of public interest in Israel.

Munio Gitai Weinraub

Munio Gitai Weinraub (1909 – 1970) was an Israeli architect, a pioneer of modern architecture and urban and environmental planning in Israel, and one of the most prominent representatives of the Bauhaus heritage in the country. Throughout his 36 years career, Weinraub  was responsible for the construction and planning of thousands of housing units, workers’ housing units and private homes in and around Haifa. Weinraub took part in the initial planning of the Hebrew University campus in Givat Ram and the Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem.

מוּניוֹ גיתאי וינרויב, באוהאוס, 1930
Gerhard Richter – נוצר על־ידי מעלה היצירה
Munio Weinraub at Bauhaus school

Munio Gitai Weinraub was born in the small town in Silesia. In 1930, he enrolled in Bauhaus. With the rise of Nazism and the closure of the Bauhaus by Goebbels in 1933, Weinraub was arrested, beaten and jailed on the ridiculous pretext of “treason against the German people”. He was then expelled and managed to find refuge in Switzerland. At the end of 1934, he left Europe and immigrated to Palestine and settled in Haifa. Weinraub began teaching at the Technion. In 35 years of career, Weinraub has established a substantial body of work of some 300 projects, consistently applying the Bauhaus principles and developing them. He left behind a number of masterpieces, such as the Hydraulic Institute of the Technion in Haifa.

Munio Gitai Weinraub had two sons, photographer Gideon Gitai and Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai.

Munio Gitai Weinraub, Haifa, 1960, photo : Avshalom Ben David
Hydraulic Institute of the Technion in Haifa, Munio Weinraub et Al Mansfeld architects, 1953–1956, photo: Gabriele Basilico
Spiral staircase, administration and library building in Yad Vashem Museum, Jerusalem, Munio Weinraub et Al Mansfeld architects, 1953-1955, photo: Gabriele Basilico
Yad La’Banim, Kirayt Haim, Munio Gitai Weinraub, 1952–1956, photo: Gabriele Basilico
Wilfrid Israel Museum – Munio Weinraub planned the Wilfrid Israel Museum
completed in Kibbutz Hasorea .
  • HaNassi Blvd 135, Haifa
  • 04.8712311
  • Opening Hours:
  • Tuesdays 17:00 – 20:00
  • Fridays 12:00 – 15:00
  • Saturdays 10:00 – 13:00

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