Pyramida Platform July 19-20-21 2018: a multi-disciplinary arts and architectural event in the urban context of Wadi Salib, Haifa
The event took place in the spacial triangle in Wadi Salib between the Dagon Grain Museum, the Railway Museum, and Pyramida Contemporary Art Center. At these sites, all inspiring and multi-layered in their significance, exhibits and arts events held. Simultaneously at the Haifa “Open House” event, the general public could able to discover places of unique architectural value which are usually closed.
The Dagon Grain Museum is a conspicuous building on the Haifa skyline. Inside it is a museum frozen in time, where archeological artifacts are displayed alongside works of art, prints, murals and stained glass. Yet few people have had the opportunity to see these collections, which have been accumulated due to the vision of Reuven Hecht. Hecht was an enthusiastic Zionist who established the grain silo in Haifa after reading the utopian Altneuland, the book by Benjamin Ze’ev Herzl, the visionary behind modern Zionism and the reinstitution of a Jewish homeland. In Herzl’s book, the city of Haifa stars as the utopian city of the Zionist Dream and it describes the splendid trains that transform it to a worldwide hub, with lines to Europe, Asia and Africa.
The Railway Museum is located to the east of the Dagon Grain Museum, and it marks the place where the city of Haifa started. After the invention of steam ships, which could no longer drop anchor in the port of Acre, docks were built to the east of Haifa, and correspondingly, leading members of the community and the wealthy built splendid houses above the docks – which became known as the Wadi Salib district. In the course of the events at Pyramida Platform there will be an exhibit of contemporary art on display at the Israel Railway Museum with multi-disciplinary events also held there.
The Pyramida Contemporary Arts Center is in Wadi Salib and spreads over 3,000 square meters. Displayed here is the central and most extensive exhibition in the event, which comprises contemporary art alongside historical exhibits that have never been seen by the public. The exhibition will focus on the utopian potential of the city of Haifa, which is demonstrated by the Dagon Grain Museum and the Israel Railway Museum. Visitors will first encounter a wall, on which is the calligraphic work of Abu Ismail, an artist from the Istaklal mosque whose work focuses on the future. To its left will be displayed the utopian vision of Wadi Salib, as given expression by the conservation architect, Waleed Karchvi, from the start of the 1980s. Others taking part in the exhibition are Pyramida artists, both veterans and young artists, alongside other artists. The exhibit will include the plastic arts, sculpture, video, installation, photography and more, and it will be accompanied by artistic events in which the public can play an active part.