“New Bauhaus Chicago: Experiment Photography and Film” at Bauhaus-Archiv

Extensive photography show to celebrate 80th anniversary of the founding of American school succeeding the Bauhaus. This will be the last exhibition in the Bauhaus-Archiv building before the museum’s modernisation and expansion.

 

László Moholy-Nagy, untitled photogram, 1943 Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin

László Moholy-Nagy, untitled photogram, 1943 Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin

 

The Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung is presenting the photography of Chicago’s New Bauhaus and the Institute of Design that emerged out of it in a major exhibition running from 15 November 2017 to 5 March 2018. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Bauhaus successor institution that was founded by the avant-garde artist and former Bauhaus teacher László Moholy-Nagy in 1937 and developed into an important centre of photographic education in the US. (more…)

“Craft becomes Modern. The Bauhaus in the Making” at Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

Craft becomes Modern. The Bauhaus in the Making is the first of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation’s exhibitions for the 2019 centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus. Hammering, planing, sawing and weaving – it was pretty loud and dusty in the workshop wing of the School of Design, the Bauhaus Dessau. Although conceived as ‘laboratories for industry’, a great deal was still done by hand in the Dessau workshops.

 

Gunta Stölzl, Jacquardbehang „5 Chöre”, 1928 © St. Annen-Museum der Hansestadt Lübeck

Gunta Stölzl, Jacquardbehang „5 Chöre”, 1928 © St. Annen-Museum der Hansestadt Lübeck

 

The exhibition Craft becomes Modern. The Bauhaus in the Making tells the story of the workshops from the perspective of craft in the original setting, the weaving workshop in the Bauhaus building in Dessau. At the Bauhaus the relationships between art, applied art, industrial production and craft were discussed in more radical terms than elsewhere. And the backdrop to these domains, the economic and political situation in the Weimar Republic on which the school was dependent and in which it also aimed to actively intervene, had a far greater influence on the fate of this institution than any other. (more…)

Bauhaus‐Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung presents “Bauhaus in Motion”

The range of exhibited pieces encompasses works from classes at the Bauhaus – such as motion studies from the preliminary course – as well as paintings, photographs, architectural drafts, furniture, ceramics, metalwork and works on paper.

 

T. Lux Feininger, Physical Education at the Bauhaus: women’s gymnastic exercises on the roof of the Bauhaus, 1930 Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin Copyright: Estate of T. Lux Feininger

T. Lux Feininger, Physical Education at the Bauhaus: women’s gymnastic exercises on the roof of the Bauhaus, 1930 Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin Copyright: Estate of T. Lux Feininger

 

From 1 March 2017 to 8 January 2018 the BauhausAArchiv / Museum für Gestaltung is showing “Bauhaus in Motion”. This special exhibition presents the connection between the Bauhaus and movement on various levels: the theme of motion can be found in works by famous Bauhaus teachers, such as Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Oskar Schlemmer and László Moholy-Nagy, as well as in numerous student works. (more…)

Lyonel Feininger retrospective at Fundación Juan March

The exhibition offers a complete survey of the career of this German-American artist, Bauhaus teacher and key figure in the context of the artistic avant-gardes.

 

Feininger, Lyonel (1951) Lunar Web  © Fundación Juan March

Feininger, Lyonel (1951) Lunar Web © Fundación Juan March

 

From February 17, the Fundación Juan March presents a retrospective on Lyonel Feininger, the German-American artist from the early twentieth century, in its gallery space in Madrid. The exhibition, named Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956), continues the Juan March’s long-established strategy of presenting insufficiently explored artists, periods and aspects of modern culture, can be described as a “concentrated retrospective” of the artist’s work.


 

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“Lyonel Feininger (1871 – 1956)”
February 17 – May 28, 2017
Fundación Juan March. Sede Madrid
Calle de Castelló, 77 Madrid
Spain

 


Nearly 400 works from public and private collections in Europe and the United States will be used to construct a survey of Feininger’s artistic activities, articulated around the different media in which he worked (drawing, graphic work, painting, photography and toy-making) and the principal themes within his oeuvre: caricature and satirical drawings; key places that inspired him, including Paris, Deep, Halle, Gelmeroda and Manhattan; and his recurring interest in bridges, towers, sea views and urban life.

 

Andreas feininger, Gelmeroda VIII, 1921. Whitney Museum of American Art, Nueva York. © Whitney Museum, N.Y.

Andreas feininger, Gelmeroda VIII, 1921. Whitney Museum of American Art, Nueva York. © Whitney Museum, N.Y.

 

The catalogue that accompanies the exhibition will be the first monograph on Feininger in Spanish, with essays and texts by some of the most reputed experts on his work, including Wolfgang Büche, Ulrich Luckhardt, Maurizio Scudiero, Heinz Widauer, Peter Selz, Achim Moeller, Danilo Curti-Feininger, Martin Faass and Sebastian Ehlert. To complement the catalogue there will also be a semi-facsimile complementary publication La ciudad en los confines del mundo [City at the Edge of the World], originally published in 1965 in English and German, with texts by the painter T. Lux Feininger and photographs by Andreas Feininger, two of the artist’s three sons.

 

Andreas Feininger, Nude Study [solarized], 1941  ©  2017 Estate of Andreas Feininger

Andreas Feininger, Nude Study [solarized], 1941 © 2017 Estate of Andreas Feininger

ABOUT LYONEL FEININGER

Feininger was born in New York but his parents, both musicians of German origin, sent him to Hamburg at the age of sixteen to complete his musical training. This dual German-American background would leave a permanent mark on his life and work.

In Germany, Feininger decided to give up music in order to devote himself to his true passion: drawing and illustration. After attending drawing classes at the Algemeine Gewerbeschule [Public School of Arts and Crafts] in Hamburg he focused on the emerging field of comics, in which he would be a pioneering figure. Feininger’s comic strips were soon published, albeit sporadically, in American and German magazines. He became fully established when he signed contracts with the German magazine Ulk in 1895, Lustige Blätter[Funny Pages] the following year, and The Chicago Sunday Tribune in 1906. For the latter Feininger created The Kin-der-Kids and Wee Willie Winkie’s World, his most famous comic strips.
Cover from The Chicago Sunday Tribune with a satyrical image of Lyonel Feininger, 29 de abril de 1906. Colección Achim Moeller, Nueva York

Cover from The Chicago Sunday Tribune with a satyrical image of Lyonel Feininger, 29 de abril de 1906. Colección Achim Moeller, Nueva York

Having made his name as an illustrator, Feininger moved forward creatively with the aim of finding a means of expression that would allow him to fully express his abilities. In a natural, progressive manner he began to move away from comics in favour of painting.

While his earliest works maintain links with comic design, depicting street scenes and exaggerated characters, between 1906 and 1908 and following a period in Paris, he began to make use of a more abstract line, almost completely abandoning figures and adopting a language based on straight lines and fragmented planes of colour.

 

Andreas Feininger (1946) self-portrait  © LIFE

Andreas Feininger (1946) self-portrait © LIFE

Andreas Feininger (1955) The Photojournalist © MoMa /  2017 Estate of Andreas Feininger

Andreas Feininger (1955) The Photojournalist © MoMa / 2017 Estate of Andreas Feininger

 

In 1919 Walter Gropius invited Feininger to join the Bauhaus and direct the printmaking studio, where he taught until the school was closed down by the Nazis in 1932. This experience led him to fully develop his use of the technique of woodcut, allowing him to develop the interaction of spatial planes in his paintings. Following the rise to power of the Nazi regime Feininger’s work was classed as “degenerate”. In 1937 he decided to return to the United States where he spent the rest of his life.

 

News source and text: Fundación Juan March
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“The Simultaneity of Modernism” Modern architecture in dialogue between Dessau and Rotterdam

The Bauhaus Dessau Foundation in cooperation with the Stichting Werelderfgoed Van Nellefabriek shows an exhibition about the modern dialogue between two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Bauhaus Dessau and the Van Nelle Factory, Rotterdam. The project is set up as a bilateral visitation with one exhibition in Dessau and one in Rotterdam.

 

Van-Nelle-Fabrik in Rotterdam. Pressebild der Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau zur Ausstellung "Simultanität der Moderne" © 2006 CV Van Nellefabriek/Rotterdam

Van-Nelle-Fabrik in Rotterdam. Pressebild der Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau zur Ausstellung “Simultanität der Moderne” © 2006 CV Van Nellefabriek/Rotterdam

 

Rotterdam in Dessau, Dessau in Rotterdam: For the very first time, a joint exhibition project realised in two simultaneous exhibitions sheds light on how the approaches to modern architecture developed  in the same direction beyond the national borders. (more…)

The CO-OP principle: Hannes Meyer and the Concept of Collective Design

Located simultaneously on two sites -Archizoom and Forum d’architectures, both in Lausanne- the exhibition draws from the EPFL archives to show Hannes Meyer’s time as director of Bauhaus Dessau and how it affected his political and critical approach to architecture and design.

 

Hannes Meyer and Hans Wittwer with the assistance of the Bauhaus Dessau,school of the ADGB (Federation of German Trade Unions) in Bernau by Berlin, 1928 – 1930 View from the library to the halls of residence, 1930, photo: Walter Peterhans Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

School of the ADGB (Federation of German Trade Unions) in Bernau by Berlin, 1928 – 1930. View from the library to the halls of residence, 1930. Photo: Walter Peterhans. Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

 

The Fondation Culture du Bâti and the Foundation Bauhaus Dessau are presenting an exhibition on Hannes Meyer, second director of the Bauhaus school of design. The exhibition, named  “The co-op principle: Hannes Meyer and the Concept of Collective Design” focuses on the archietct’s  personal and professional evolution during the Bauhaus years.

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“Modernism on the Main: Frankfurt Art School” exhibition at the Bauhaus‐Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung

Within the framework of its permanent exhibition on the Bauhaus, the Bauhaus-Archiv is now presenting a studio exhibition on the Frankfurt Art School, its links to the Bauhaus and its integration in the design programme and network of the New Frankfurt.

 

Anne Wever, Design for “Embroidered blanket made of many patches”, c.1927 © Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin

Anne Wever, Design for “Embroidered blanket made of many patches”, c.1927 © Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin

 

From now on,  the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung is presenting the studio exhibition “The Frankfurt Art School – Modernism on the Main”, which will run until 27 February 2017 and provide new insights into its extensive collections. (more…)

“Moving Forward” winning design and prizewinners for the new Bauhaus-Archiv

The nine designs that were awarded prizes and special mentions in the architecture competition for the renovation and extension of the Bauhaus-Archiv/Museum für Gestaltung are on exhibition on the future site – in the Berlin Bauhaus institution’s listed building. A total of 41 international architecture offices submitted contributions to the closed competition.

 

First Prize in the architecture competition: Staab Architects, Berlin, designer: Prof. Volker Staab © Staab Architects

First Prize in the architecture competition: Staab Architects, Berlin, designer: Prof. Volker Staab © Staab Architects

 

In the exhibition, architectural plans and models will bring to life the winning design and the ideas of the other prizewinners. An extensive supporting programme will include architectural guided tours in the grounds of the Bauhaus-Archiv. A catalogue in German and English is being published to accompany the exhibition.

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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.

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