bauhaus. a conceptual model the exhibition bauhaus. a conceptual model the exhibition
jul 31, 2009

bauhaus. a conceptual model the exhibition

the bauhaus masters in 1926 (on the roof of the bauhaus building, 4 december 1926) left to right: josef albers, hinnerk scheper, georg muche, lászló moholy-nagy, herbert bayer, joost schmidt, walter gropius, marcel breuer, wassily kandinsky, paul klee, lyonel feininger, gunta stölzl, oskar schlemmer photo: unknown image courtesy bauhaus-archiv berlin / musée national d’art moderne /centre pompidou

to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the bauhaus and 20 years after the fall of the berlin wall, the bauhaus research institutions and museums in germany; the bauhaus archive, the stiftung bauhaus dessau and the klassik stiftung weimar  are for the first time jointly presenting an exhibition: bauhaus. a conceptual model. with well over 900 objects it is the largest bauhaus exhibition ever.

the exhibition recounts the story of the bauhaus in a comprehensive presentation of the works of its masters and students as well as the most important school issues. inter-disciplinary, experimental teaching, the concept of practice-oriented workshops, the pursuit of answers to social questions, the propagation of timeless aesthetics as well as experimentation with new techniques and materials in architecture and design were the school’s most important concerns. the exhibition bauhaus. a conceptual model centres on the comprehensive significance of the bauhaus for the development and internationalisation of modernity and goes beyond, examining its world-wide, lasting impact on architecture and design up until the present day.

the exhibition is on view at all three sites until october 4, 2009.

‘kathedrale’ (cathedral) by lyonel feininger, april 1919, zinc etching after a woodcut, image courtesy bauhaus archive berlin

memorial for the ‘march heroes’ by walter gropius, 1921 (working model) image courtesy klassik stiftung weimar

‘african chair’ by marcel breuer/gunta stölzl, 1921, purchased with the support of the ernst von siemens kunststiftung, the kulturstiftung der länder and the bauhaus shop berlin photo: hartwig klappert, berlin image courtesy bauhaus archive berlin

cradle by peter keler, 1922 image courtesy klassik stiftung weimar

colour plans for the bauhaus masters’ houses in dessau by alfred arndt, 1926 ink and tempera on paper, image courtesy bauhaus archive berlin

bauhaus stage (lis beyer or ise gropius seated in the steel-tube armchair by marcel breuer) by erich consemuller 1926, gelatin silver print, image courtesy wulf herzogenrath collection

bauhaus. a conceptual model is presented in collaboration with the MoMA in new york, which will celebrate its 80th birthday with the exhibition bauhaus 1919 – 1933: workshops for modernity directly following the berlin presentation.

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