Bauhaus. A Conceptual Model
In celebration of the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the Bauhaus, the leading Bauhaus research institutions and museums in Germany – the Bauhaus Archive Berlin, the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau and the Klassik Stiftung Weimar – are for the first time jointly presenting an exhibition, Bauhaus. A Conceptual Model.
With about 1,000 objects it is the largest Bauhaus exhibition ever. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, cooperating partner in the project, sent 25 objects to Berlin and will present its own exhibition Bauhaus 1919 – 1933. Workshops for Modernity beginning on 8 November in New York.
Bauhaus. A Conceptual Model recounts the story of this unique school. Inter-disciplinary, experimental teaching, the concept of practice-oriented workshops, the pursuit of answers to social questions, the propagation of functional aesthetics as well as experimentation with new techniques and materials in architecture and design were the school’s most important concerns. At the same time, the exhibition reveals how the development of the Bauhaus was characterized by many changes of concept. The disputes on methods and contents influenced the work just as much as the politically
motivated attacks, to which the Bauhaus was subjected from the very beginning.
The title of the exhibition describes the motivation of the Bauhaus to set a model for design. Throughout its existence – albeit with changing emphases – under the guidance of its three directors Walter Gropius (1919-1928), Hannes Meyer (1928-1930) and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1930-1933), the Bauhaus assumed the role of setting an example for the creation of design: not only in regard to the new type of school, but also as the avant-garde in developing contemporary art and architecture, as a laboratory for the development of models for industry and, last but not least, as a force of change in society, with its interest in giving modern mankind and his environment a new form.
The exhibition also demonstrates the role that the relevant artistic positions – Expressionism, Futurism, Dadaism, Neue Sachlichkeit, Constructivism, and Surrealism – played at the Bauhaus between 1910 and 1933, as shown by the works of Marcks, Muche, Kandinsky, Moholy-Nagy, Albers, Bayer, Breuer, Schlemmer, Feininger, Klee, Meyer, Hilberseimer and Mies van der Rohe.