“Original Bauhaus” the centenary exhibition at Berlinische Galerie

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 Berlinische Galerie is presenting famous, familiar and forgotten Bauhaus originals and recounting the history behind the objects.


Woman wearing a theatrical mask by Oskar Schlemmer and seated on Marcel Breuer’s tubular-steel chair, c.1926. Photo: Erich Consemüller, dress material: Elisabeth Beyer-Volger, Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin / © Dr. Stephan Consemüller


Around 1,000 exhibits will be on display: art and design from the Bauhaus-Archiv’s collection, exceptional loans from international collections and artistic positions which take a new look at the Bauhaus legacy.


“Original Bauhaus”
6 September, 2019 – 27 January, 2020
Berlinische Galerie
Alte Jakobstraße 124–128, Berlin


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.


Bauhaus Dessau Postkarte_BHA

Triadisches Ballett_Gruppenfoto_BHA_Markus Hawlik


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.


Portrait of Josef Albers, collage of photo positives and negatives from “9 jahre bauhaus. eine chronik“, farewell present of the Bauhauslers to Walter Gropius, 1928, Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin

Gertrud Arndt _Teppich Thost_BHA


In cooperation with the Bauhaus Agents programme, the exhibition invites visitors to try authentic exercises from the preliminary course of the Bauhaus. International experts from the fields of dance, photography, architecture, paper art or Breathology will be offering “preliminary course” workshops every Sunday.


Haus Am Horn, Weimar, architect: Georg Muche, photo: Atelier Hüttich-Oemler, 1923, Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin

Carl (Casca) Schlemmer, Bauhaus Stairway, 1958, oil on hardboard, 162 x 103 cm, private property, photo: Markus Hawlik


The exhibition will be accompanied by a symposium, artist interviews and movie nights featuring Bauhaus films. The programme includes the publication of a catalogue and the original bauhaus Exercise Book – the first-ever compilation of the most important exercises from the preliminary course.


Tubular steel chair, design by Marcel Breuer (1925), Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, Fotostudio Bartsch


News source and text: Berlinische Galerie
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