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ORIGINAL BAUHAUS

Art | August 21, 2019 |

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Bauhaus building Dessau, campus postcard sent by a Bauhaus student to his mother, 1927 | Image courtesy of Photo: Lucia Moholy, 1925-1926, Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2019

ORIGINAL BAUHAUS: the centenary exhibition
The Berlinische Galerie – Berlin, Germany
September 06, 2019 – January 27, 2020

The Bauhaus existed for only 14 years in Germany, but for 100 years its ideas have now been passed on and its products relaunched, imitated and further developed. Marking the centenary of the Bauhaus’s founding, the Bauhaus-Archiv/Museum für Gestaltung’s exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie is presenting more than 1,000 famous, familiar and forgotten Bauhaus originals and recounting the history behind the objects.

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Portrait of Josef Albers, collage of photo positives and negatives from “9 jahre bauhaus. eine chronik“, farewell present of the Bauhauslers to Walter Gropius, 1928, Image courtesy of Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin

Original Bauhaus will feature art and design from the holdings of the Bauhaus-Archiv, exceptional loans from international collections and artistic positions which take a new look at the Bauhaus legacy. On the basis of 14 key objects, the exhibition will develop 14 case histories: How did the woman sitting on the tubular-steel chair become the most famous anonymous figure from the Bauhaus? Does the Haus Am Horn in Weimar have a secret twin? Why have Marianne Brandt’s tea infusers which were created as prototypes for industrial production always remained one-of-a-kind pieces?

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Woman wearing a theatrical mask by Oskar Schlemmer and seated on Marcel Breuer’s tubular-steel chair, c.1926. | Image courtesy of Photo: Erich Consemüller, Dress Material: Elisabeth Beyer-Volger, Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin and © Dr. Stephan Consemüller

Original Bauhaus sheds light on how unique work and series, remake and original are inseparably linked in the history of the Bauhaus. This is because Bauhaus artists did not see art and technology as opposed to each other. Instead, they used technical innovations to create exceptional works of art, and they took serial production into account from the moment they began drafting their designs. Today there have been almost 100 years of responses to the Bauhaus, as compared to 14 years of Bauhaus production.

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Marianne Brandt, Tea infuser (MT 49), 1924 | Image courtesy of Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, Photo: Gunter Lepkowski © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2019

Reproductions, re-editions and remakes have made the Bauhaus the 20th century’s most influential school of architecture, design and art. Inclusive exhibition stations allow visitors to experience the tactile qualities of Bauhaus objects. In cooperation with the Bauhaus Agents programme, the exhibition invites visitors to try exercises from the preliminary course of the Bauhaus.

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Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet, all figurines, 1927 | Image courtesy of Photo: Ernst Schneider, Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin

International experts from the fields of dance, paper art, photography, architecture or Breathology will be offering preliminary course workshops every Sunday. The exhibition will be accompanied by a symposium, artists talks and Bauhaus movie nights. The forthcoming publications include an exhibition catalogue and the Original Bauhaus Exercise Book – the first-ever compilation of the most important exercises from the preliminary course.

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Haus Am Horn, Weimar, architect: Georg Muche, Image courtesy of Photo: Atelier Hüttich-Oemler, 1923, Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin
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Takehiko Mizutani, Three-part sculpture from Albers’s preliminary course, 1927 | Image courtesy of Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, Photo: Fotostudio Bartsch
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Tubular steel chair, design by Marcel Breuer (1925)| Image courtesy of Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, Fotostudio Bartsch
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Plan of figurines for Oskar Schlemmers Triadic Ballet, 1927 | Image courtesy of Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, Photo: Markus Hawlikù
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Oskar Schlemmer, Details from Triadic Ballet, Rod dance, Gesture dance, 1922–1928 | Image courtesy of photographs by Karl Grill, © Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln, Erich Consemüller, © Dr Stephan Consemüller; T. Lux Feininger, © Estate of T. Lux Feininger and Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin
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Balance study from László Moholy-Nagy’s Preliminary Coursen | Image courtesy of Photo: Lucia Moholy, 1923, Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2019
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Carl (Casca) Schlemmer, Bauhaus Stairway, 1958, oil on hardboard, 162 x 103 cm | Image courtesy of private property, Photo: Markus Hawlik
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T. Lux Feininger, Jump over the Bauhaus, 1927. | Image courtesy of © Estate of T. Lux Feininger and Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin
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Bachelor’s wardrobe on castors, design: Josef Pohl, 1930 | Image courteys of Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin and Fotostudio Bartsch
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Thomas Ruff, r.phg.02, 2013, loan by the artist | Image courtesy of Sprüth Magers © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn 2019

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