Bauhaus exhibitions in 2019 celebrating the school’s centenary

Designs for a house
Designs for a house by Sir Leslie Martin and Sadie Speight, 1935, image copyright RIBA Collections. Featured in the RIBA exhibition, ‘Beyond Bauhaus: Modernism in Britain 1933–66’
(Image credit: Sir Leslie Martin , Sadie Speigh and RIBA Collections)

Bauhaus exhibitions in galleries and musuems across the world are plenty in 2019. Here we look at some of the shows shedding light on the school and consequent movement of modernism.

From its founding in 1919 by Walter Gropius in Weimar, and subsequent closure in 1933, the Bauhaus theories and ideas spread out across the world through the architects (and their pupils) who attended the school to many different geographical places.

Germany’s ‘Bauhaus Imaginista’ programme features four exhibitions worldwide (China, Japan, Russia and Brazil)  that are happening this year and next, while a string of institutional exhibitions across Germany look at the waves Bauhaus made in the nation of its founding...

Sea Lane House architecture

Architecture Gallery, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, 1 October 2019 – 2 February 2020
Image: Sea Lane House, Angmering-on-Sea, West Sussex, 1937 by architects Yorke and Breuer (c) Dell & Wainwright, RIBA Collections

(Image credit: Dell & Wainwright, RIBA Collections)

Beyond Bauhaus: Modernism in Britain 1933–66

The Royal Institute of British Architects explores the development of British modernist architecture through the influence of the Bauhaus movement. The exhibition focuses on the work of three notable Bauhaus émigrés – Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and László Moholy-Nagy – and their impact during their brief time in Britain. The work of Denys Lasdun, Eric Lyons, and Mary Crowley (later Medd), leading innovators in post-war British architecture, will be examined within the context of Bauhaus. Highlights include drawings and plans of the unbuilt Isokon 3 building, photographs by ex-Bauhaus student Edith Tudor-Hart and archival films from the 1930s including work by László Moholy-Nagy. Exhibition design by Chile-based practice Pezo Von Ellrichshausen promises an enjoyable aesthetic experience in the gallery.

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen design

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, 9 February – 26 May 2019
Image: Peter Keler, Apartment in Weimar. Design and Execution, 1927, gouache on paper, 500 x 780 mm. Private collection, the Netherlands. Courtesy: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

(Image credit: Peter Keler)

Netherlands – Bauhaus: Pioneers of a new world

The principles of Bauhaus resonated in the Netherlands through architecture, design and design education and many Dutch artists, architects and designers contributed to the development of this German movement. This exhibition explores this relationship through around 800 objects of architecture, design, textiles, photography and typography, with a focus on Rotterdam, between the two world wars, where Dutch modernism founds its expression. The time frame starts pre-Bauhaus when Dutch practitioners joined Deutsche Werkbund set up in 1907, to the influence of the De Stijl magazine during the school and then to post-Bauhaus when several members came to the Netherlands.

Museum Angewandte Kunst

Museum Angewandte Kunst, 19 January – 14 April 2019, Image: ‘Die Neue Wohnung und ihr Innenausbau’, Frühjahrsmesse, 1927 © Archiv Messe FFM

(Image credit: Hans Leistikow)

Frankfurt Modernism 1919-1933

This exhibition is a celebration of modern design in Frankfurt am Main in the 1920s, when the city became a hub for design. Beyond the ‘New Frankfurt’ housing construction programme initiated by Ernst May, the city adopted modernism in many other ways, from fashion to interiors, products and communication design. This activity was happening alongside industrialisation and the devlopment of urban communities. Key pieces of architecture represent the period: the reconstructed trade fair, the city’s building department and the Frankfurt art school, which underwent significant reorientation under Fritz Wichert.

Bauhaus Center Tel Aviv

Bauhaus Center Tel Aviv, 24 January – 30 March 2019
Image: Mendelsohn, Rechovot, Israel, Villa Weizmann, 1934-1936.

(Image credit: Michael Craig Palmer)

Josef Rings and Erich Mendelsohn: New building in Germany and Mandatory Palestine

In collaboration with Moses Mendelsohn Zentrum in Potsdam and Alte Synagoge Essen, the Bauhaus Center Tel Aviv presents and exhibition exploring the two architects styles in their respective geographic locations. The exhibition was supported by the ‘100 years Bauhaus in the West’ project from the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia and other German regional organisations.

Bauhaus Imaginista exhibition

SESC Pompéia, Sao Paulo, 10 October 2018 – 10 January 2019
Image: Annual student exhibition, Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Parc de la Ligue Arabe 1968.

(Image credit: Nadia Chabâa family’s archive)

Bauhaus Imaginista, Learning from São Paulo

The Bauhaus Imaginista programme moves beyond the framework of Bauhaus in Germany (1919–33) exploring its international reach. In an exhibition as part of the ‘Learning From’ series of events, SESC São Paulo and the Goethe-Institut São Paulo present an exhibition that looks at the role of Bauhaus in areas of premodern, indigenous and precolonial craft practices in the American continents.

The exhibition is located at São Paulo’s SESC Pompéia, a former factory converted into a cultural centre by Lina Bo Bardi. Inspired by the Bauhaus, Bo Bardi established the Institute of Contemporary Art (IAC), in 1951 at the Museum of Art São Paulo (MASP) and her work is present as a thread throughout the exhibition.

Woman wearing an Oskar Schlemmer mask sitting on Marcel Breuer’s Wassily Chair

Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, September 2019 – 27 Jan 2020
Image: Woman wearing an Oskar Schlemmer mask sitting on Marcel Breuer’s Wassily Chair, around 1926. Photography: Erich Consemüller, 
Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin / © Dr. Stephan Consemüller

(Image credit: Erich Consemüller, Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin)

Original Bauhaus, Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung in cooperation with the Berlinische Galerie

This exhibition presents the ‘famous, familiar and forgotten Bauhaus originals’ including art and design objects from the Bauhaus-Archiv’s collection, loans from international collections and the history behind them and re-examine the Bauhaus legacy. The 14 objects will each be a case study for more questions, for example: How did the woman sitting on the tubular-steel chair become the most famous anonymous figure from the Bauhaus? And, does the Haus am Horn in Weimar have a secret twin?

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The Japan edition of Bauhaus Imaginista

Bauhaus exhibitions around the world: The Japan edition of Bauhaus Imaginista: ‘Corresponding With, Japan’ at the National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto

(Image credit: Yuki Moriya)

The Bauhaus Imaginista exhibition in Moscow at the Garage Center for Contemporary Art

The Bauhaus Imaginista exhibition in Moscow at the Garage Musuem for Contemporary Art, titled ‘Moving Away: The Internationalist Architect, Moscow’, 12 September – 30 November 2018.

(Image credit: Silke Briel)

Mendelsohn’s Wogakomplex

Mendelsohn’s Wogakomplex, 1925 – 30, in Berlin, featured in the exhibition ‘Josef Rings and Erich Mendelsohn: New building in Germany and Mandatory Palestine’ at the Bauhaus Center Tel Aviv.

(Image credit: Michael Craig Palmer)

Learning from São Paulo Bauhaus Imaginista exhibition

Installation of the Brazil edition of the Bauhaus Imaginista exhibition: ‘Learning from São Paulo’. 

(Image credit: Danila Bustamante)

Frankfurter Telefon

Frankfurter Telefon by Max Bittrof

(Image credit: Max Bittrof)


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Harriet Thorpe is a writer, journalist and editor covering architecture, design and culture, with particular interest in sustainability, 20th-century architecture and community. After studying History of Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and Journalism at City University in London, she developed her interest in architecture working at Wallpaper* magazine and today contributes to Wallpaper*, The World of Interiors and Icon magazine, amongst other titles. She is author of The Sustainable City (2022, Hoxton Mini Press), a book about sustainable architecture in London, and the Modern Cambridge Map (2023, Blue Crow Media), a map of 20th-century architecture in Cambridge, the city where she grew up.