Bauhaus: A Conceptual Model, Berlin
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It’s strange to think, but despite the fact that its influence still resonates today in everything from architecture to art, and fashion to film, the Bauhaus School celebrates 90 years this month.
In recognition of the event - along with a nod to the 20 years past since the fall of the Berlin wall - the German capital will this month play host to the largest Bauhaus exhibition ever shown.
See what’s in store at Berlin’s Bauhaus exhibition
Featuring around 1,000 artifacts, objects and artworks, the exhibition takes residence in the Martin Gropius-Bau building and is produced in collaboration with the Bauhaus Archive Berlin, Stifung Bauhaus Dessau and Klassik Stifung Weimar institutions - along with MOMA New York, who have contributed some 25 pieces to the show.
An entirely unique school - multi-disciplinary, experimental and soaringly influential - the Bauhaus sought to produce a functional aesthetic straddling every artistic and of course, architectural boundary.
Some of the school’s most seminal pieces are included in the show, with Marcel Breuer and Gunta Stölzl’s early Bauhaus African Chair - thought lost for some 80 years until its recovery in 2004 - and Laszlo Moholy’s Light-Space modulator kinetic sculpture from 1930, an angular piece of interactive art way ahead of its time.
With work from art world monoliths such as Kandinksy, Albers and Klee - along with design and architecture from the three consecutive Bauhaus masters; Walter Gropius, Hannes Mayer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (including material from their countless students and followers), the show is a comprehensive examination of the Bauhaus and it’s inimitable range.