bauhaus originals

Bauhaus originals in Berlinische Galerie | until Jan 27, 2020

The Bauhaus existed for only 14 years in Germany, but for 100 years its ideas have now been passed on and its products relaunched, imitated and further developed. Marking the centenary of the Bauhaus’s founding, the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung’s exhibition at the Ber-linische Galerie is presenting famous, familiar and forgotten Bauhaus originals and recounting the history behind the objects. Around 1,000 exhibits are on display: art and design from the Bau-haus-Archiv’s collection, exceptional loans from international collections and artistic positions which take a new look at the Bauhaus legacy.

On the basis of 14 key objects, the exhibition will develop 14 case histories: How did the woman sitting on the tubular-steel chair become the most famous anonymous figure from the Bauhaus? Does the Haus Am Horn in Weimar have a secret twin? Why have Marianne Brandt’s tea infusers which were created as prototypes for industrial production always remained one-of-a-kind pieces? original bauhaus sheds light on how unique work and series, remake and original are inseparably linked in the history of the Bauhaus. This is because Bauhaus artists did not see art and technology as opposed to each other. Instead, they used technical innovations to create exceptional works of art, and they took serial production into account from the moment they began drafting their designs. Today there have been almost 100 years of responses to the Bauhaus, as compared to 14 years of Bauhaus production. Reproductions, re-editions and remakes have made the Bauhaus the 20th century’s most
influential school of architecture, design and art.

bauhaus originals
Installation view “original bauhaus” with Oskar Schlemmer: 1:1-scale working drawing for the painting Bauhaus Stairway, 1932; Carl (Casca) Schlemmer, Bauhaus Stairway, 1958; Delia Keller, The Bauhaus Stairway, 2000; Brian O’Leary, Study for Senta Clinic Mural, 2015, photo: Catrin Schmitt

Inclusive exhibition stations allow visitors to experience the tactile qualities of Bauhaus objects. In cooperation with the Bauhaus Agents programme, the exhibition invites visitors to try exercises from the preliminary course of the Bauhaus. International experts from the fields of dance, paper art, photography, architecture or Breathology will be offering »preliminary course« workshops every Sunday. The exhibition will be accompanied by a symposium, artists talks and Bauhaus movie nights. The forthcoming publications include an exhibition catalogue and the original bauhaus Exercise Book– the first-ever compilation of the most important exercises from the preliminary course.

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