Amos Goldreich Architecture are designing with the Israel Architecture Archive an exhibition on the works of South African born architect, teacher and freedom fighter Arthur Goldreich (1929–2011) and his professional partner and wife, the interior designer Tamar de Shalit (1932–2009),scion of an early pioneer family in Eretz Israel.
Consisting of innumerable objects in various media (plans, photographs, drawings, documents), the collection presents the couple’s extensive practice both as a team and individually. Throughout their long careers, their work covered diverse fields of design (graphic and industrial, scenography, costume design), education (of architecture and design), writing and research, drawing and photography.
All the while they engaged in social and political activities. The items at the core of the collection document Goldreich and de Shalit’s continued role in planning and designing public buildings and dwelling units in kibbutzim, convalescent homes and recreation facilities in Israel and abroad, their work for the private and public sectors, and much more. The collection’s impressive scope highlights unusual and fascinating links between the personal and professional biographies of its creators, and Israel’s national, spatial and aesthetic history in the second half of the twentieth century.
It contains documents concerning Goldreich’s political activism in South Africa during the 1950s, against the Apartheid regime and for human rights, as well as records pertaining to his role in founding the Department of Environmental and Industrial Design at the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem in the 1970s.
There are documents relating to de Shalit’s work as an interior designer for Government offices, the defence forces and academic institutions, her role in designing the courtroom for the Eichmann trial in Jerusalem in 1961, and more.
Arthur Goldreich and Tamar de Shalit are parents of Amos Goldreich.
Initial concept by Amos Goldreich Architecture