Berlino, 22 luglio - 4 ottobre 2009
On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the Bauhaus and 20 years after the fall of the Berlin wall, 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. With about 1,000 objects it will be 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 shows 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.
Bauhaus. A Conceptual Model
Exhibition by the three German Bauhaus institutions Bauhaus Archive Berlin / Museum für Gestaltung,
Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau and Klassik Stiftung Weimar in cooperation with the Museum of Modern Art in New York