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Alois Breyer (1885, Vöslau, Austria – 1948, Baden bei Wien), Hvizdets' (formerly: Gwoździec) Synagogue, exterior view from south, 1910–1913, albumen print, 35.5x50 cm.

Alois Breyer, El Lissitzky, Frank Stella: Wooden Synagogues

Alois Breyer (1885, Vöslau, Austria – 1948, Baden bei Wien), Hvizdets' (formerly: Gwoździec) Synagogue, exterior view from south, 1910–1913, albumen print, 35.5x50 cm.

The Museum’s rare collection of photographs and drawings by Alois Breyer (1885–1948) of East-European wooden synagogues destroyed in WWII is presented to the public for the first time. The exhibition stages a dialogue between more than a hundred works by Breyer, Frank Stella (b. 1936) and El Lissitzky (1890–1941), showing how geometric abstraction transforms the language, narrative and beauty of the synagogues into a modern and contemporary idiom.

The exhibition and catalogue were made possible through the support of the David Berg Foundation, New York, and with the assistance of the Austrian Cultural Forum Tel Aviv

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