Rediscovering design: largest collection of Bauhaus objects to be presented in Berlin

The Bauhaus-Archiv in Berlin has recently inaugurated its permanent exhibition, reorganizing the collection pieces for a fresh look on the world-famous school of architecture, design and art. Along with the new Collection, a special exhibition will take place showcasing 100 new objects acquired by the Bauhaus-Archiv.

 

View of the new presentation of the Bauhaus Collection Bauhaus-Archiv, photo: Hans Glave

View of the new presentation of the Bauhaus Collection
Bauhaus-Archiv, photo: Hans Glave

 

The Bauhaus-Archiv possesses the world’s most extensive collection related to the Bauhaus (1919–1933), one of the 20th century’s most important schools of architecture, design and art. The new design of the collection’s permanent display, inaugurated on March 18, will not just show the well-known classics of Bauhaus design, but key works that have previously only rarely been exhibited.

Marcel Breuer’s cantilever chair or Marianne Brandt’s ceiling lamps will be joined by other, rather unknown or thought-to-be-lost objects, such as the complete 1924 birthday portfolio for Walter Gropius – featuring graphic works by László Moholy-Nagy and Paul Klee, among others – and the famous guestbook of Alfred and Thekla Hess, which features works by famous artists, such as Vassily Kandinsky.

 

View of the new presentation of The Bauhaus Collection, Bauhaus-Archiv, photo: Hans Glave

View of the new presentation of The Bauhaus Collection,
Bauhaus-Archiv, photo: Hans Glave

 

Additionally, until May 25, the Museum für Gestaltung will also showcase a special exhibition with 100 objects acquired by the Archiv over the last 10 years, including drawings by Mies van der Rohe (who was director of the Bauhaus in Berlin for under a year) and Lyonel Feininger, small toys and objects by Oskar Schlemmer and Alma Buscher.

 

View of the new presentation of the Bauhaus Collection, Bauhaus-Archiv, photo: Hans Glave

View of the new presentation of the Bauhaus Collection,
Bauhaus-Archiv, photo: Hans Glave

View of the new presentation of the Bauhaus Collection Bauhaus-Archiv, photo: Hans Glave

View of the new presentation of the Bauhaus Collection
Bauhaus-Archiv, photo: Hans Glave


 

New Presentation: The Bauhaus Collection

 

“The Bauhaus Collection” presents new aspects of the Bauhaus. The main hall of the museum uses original objects and unique works like Marcel Breuer and Gunta Stölzl’s African stool – which was long believed to have been lost – or the model of the Bauhaus building to depict the history of the Bauhaus at its locations in Weimar, Dessau and Berlin without being limited by the boundaries between art forms.

Artists’ correspondences, photographs and personal gifts like Herbert Bayer’s collage “44 Zärtlichkeiten in DIN” (44 Caresses in DIN), which features the kiss lips of Bauhaus teachers and students and was given to Walter Gropius, provide an evocative experience of the Bauhaus as a living community. Exhibition objects related to interior architecture and design illustrate the comprehensive designing of the living environment which was sought at the Bauhaus.

 

Herbert Bayer, 44 Caresses in DIN, (gift of Bauhaus teachers and students for Walter Gropius’s 44th birthday), 1927 Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, photo: Markus Hawlik, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn

Herbert Bayer, 44 Caresses in DIN, (gift of Bauhaus teachers and students for Walter Gropius’s 44th birthday), 1927
Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, photo: Markus Hawlik, VG Bild-Kunst Bonn

 

Particular attention has been paid to the Bauhaus’s innovative advertising materials and means of communication, because these have continued to contribute to the Bauhaus’s international success all the way down to the present: alongside postcards, posters, publications and films, László Moholy- Nagy’s rarely exhibitedLight Prop for an Electric Stage” can be seen. Exiles’ biographies, the reception of the Bauhaus and successor institutions like the New Bauhaus are presented in an exemplary fashion, in order to demonstrate the international influence of the Bauhaus.

 

László Moholy-Nagy, Light Prop for an Electric Stage 1930 (replica of 1970) Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, photo: Hartwig Klappert © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn

László Moholy-Nagy, Light Prop for an Electric Stage 1930 (replica of 1970)
Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, photo: Hartwig Klappert © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn

 

Special Exhibition: “100 New Objects”

 

From 18 March to 25 May 2015, “100 New Objects” will present new acquisitions that have entered every area of the collection over the last ten years in the form of gifts as well as purchases. “In this way we want to simultaneously render our collection’s growth visible and to thank all of our supporters, who have made this possible through their generous assistance”, explains Dr Annemarie Jaeggi.

Through photos by Gertrud Arndt, Paul Citroen, T. Lux Feininger, Etel Mittag-Fodor, Werner David Feist, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Nathan Lerner and many others, emphasis is clearly placed on avant-garde photography ranging from the Bauhaus to the New Bauhaus.

 

Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Katsura-rikyu, Kyoto, 1954–1983 Photo credits: Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin © Kochi Prefecture

Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Katsura-rikyu, Kyoto, 1954–1983 
Photo credits: Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin © Kochi Prefecture

Studio Dorland, Berlin (agency), Herbert Bayer (design) “dorland”, flyer for dorland, c.1930 Photo credits: Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn

Studio Dorland, Berlin (agency), Herbert Bayer (design) “dorland”, flyer for dorland, c.1930
Photo credits: Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn

 

Rare sculptures and toys from the Bauhaus are represented through Josef Hartwig’s works in stone and bronze, Oskar Schlemmer’s wooden jointed doll and the only preserved example of Alma Buscher’s large ship building set. A group of works featuring drawings and woodcuts by Lyonel Feininger as well as architectural sketches by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe form additional highlights of the exhibition.

 

Alma Buscher (design), Large Ship Building Blocks, 1923 Photo credits: Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn

Alma Buscher (design), Large Ship Building Blocks, 1923 
Photo credits: Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn

Oskar Schlemmer (design), Josef Hartwig (manufacturer) Jointed Doll, 1922 Photo credits: Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, photo: Hartwig Klappert

Oskar Schlemmer (design), Josef Hartwig (manufacturer) Jointed Doll, 1922
Photo credits: Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, photo: Hartwig Klappert

Heinrich-Siegfried Bormann (design) Körting & Mathiesen AG, Leipzig (manufacturer) Kandem Tubular-Steel Desk Lamp No. 934, 1932 Photo credits: Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, photo: Fotostudio Bartsch

Heinrich-Siegfried Bormann (design) Körting & Mathiesen AG, Leipzig (manufacturer) Kandem Tubular-Steel Desk Lamp No. 934, 1932
Photo credits: Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, photo: Fotostudio Bartsch

 


 

Practical Information

The Bauhaus Collection: 100 new objects
March 18 to May 25, 2015

Bauhaus-Archiv Museum für Gestaltung
Klingelhöferstr. 14
Berlin d-10785

bauhaus.de

 


 

 

 

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