“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…)