A Conceptual Model The Exhibition Berlin Martin-Gropius-Bau 22 July – 4 October 2009

Bauhaus. A Conceptual Model The Exhibition

Ninety years ago, Walter Gropius founded the Bauhaus in Weimar. It existed for only 14 years, but it became the most important school of modernity. With Josef Albers, Herbert Bayer, Marcel Breuer, Lyonel Feininger, Johannes Itten, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Gerhard Marcks, Adolf Meyer, Georg Muche, László Moholy-Nagy, Hinnerk Scheper, Oskar Schlemmer, Joost Schmidt, Lothar Schreyer and Gunta Stölzl, a faculty with an international reputation worked under the direction of Walter Gropius (1919 – 1928), Hannes Meyer (1928 – 1930) and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1930 – 1933) at the Bauhaus.

The Bauhaus Masters in 1926 (on the roof of the Bauhaus building, 4 December 1926) left to right: Josef Albers, Hinnerk Scheper, Georg Muche, László Moholy-Nagy, Herbert Bayer, Joost Schmidt, Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Lyonel Feininger, Gunta Stölzl, Oskar Schlemmer Photo: unknown Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin / Musée National d’Art Moderne / Centre Pompidou

The Bauhaus is Germany’s most successful contribution to international art and culture of modernity in the early 20th century. More than 75 years after it was closed in Berlin, the reputation of this inter-disciplinary school for architecture, design, visual and performing arts that moved to Dessau in 1925 continues to be as internationally significant as ever. The vibrancy and impact of the Bauhaus during its existence and after its dissolution in 1933 demonstrate that although the Bauhaus, as a laboratory and workshop of modernity, was destoyed by a deliberate political act, it was exactly that circumstance that enabled it to unfurl its global influence – history’s irony.

Lyonel Feininger “Kathedrale” (Cathedral), title page of the Bauhaus Manifesto and Programme, April 1919, zinc etching after a woodcut, Bauhaus Archive Berlin

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, the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau and the Klassik Stiftung Weimar – for the first time jointly present an exhibition: Bauhaus. A Conceptual Model. With well over 900 objects it will be the largest Bauhaus exhibition ever.

Peter Keler Cradle, 1922 Klassik Stiftung Weimar

The exhibition recounts the story of the Bauhaus in a comprehensive presentation of the works of its masters and students as well as the most important school issues. Inter-disciplinary, experimental teaching, the concept of practice-oriented workshops, the pursuit of answers to social questions, the propagation of timeless aesthetics as well as experimentation with new techniques and materials in architecture and design were the school’s most important concerns. The exhibition Bauhaus. A Conceptual Model centres on the comprehensive significance of the Bauhaus for the development and internationalisation of modernity and goes beyond, examining its world-wide, lasting impact on architecture and design up until the present day.

Walter Gropius Memorial for the „March Heroes“, 1921 (working model), Klassik Stiftung Weimar

Marcel Breuer/Gunta Stölzl “African Chair”, 1921, purchased with the support of the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung, the Kulturstiftung der Länder and the bauhaus shop berlin Photo: Hartwig Klappert, Berlin Bauhaus Archive Berlin

Alfred Arndt Colour plans for the Bauhaus masters‘ houses in Dessau, 1926, Ink and tempera on paper, Bauhaus Archive Berlin

While previous exhibitions on the Bauhaus were grouped according to its workshops, Bauhaus. A Conceptual Model chooses the perspective of the history of its development, embedding the objects into their respective contexts. The curators of the three participating Bauhaus institutions also pursue the issues of the further development, reception and current significance of the Bauhaus. Designed by the scenographs chezweitz&roseapple, the presentation of the historical Bauhaus is located in the 18 ground floor galleries of the Martin-GropiusBau, while in the centre hall of the building the relevance of the Bauhaus will be discussed and re-positioned. In her installation “Do-It-Yourself Bauhaus” the American artist Christine Hill and her production label Volksboutique will focus on the trivialisation of the Bauhaus in today‘s consumer and every-day culture. Additionally, ten interviewees will express their opinion about the meaning of the Bauhaus ideas today in a video installation by Andreas and Ilka Ruby.

Bauhaus. A Conceptual Model is presented in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which will celebrate its 80th birthday with the exhibition Bauhaus 1919 – 1933: Workshops for Modernity directly following the Berlin presentation. Based on 68 key objects representing the thematic areas of the exhibition, the catalogue recounts the history of the Bauhaus and is supplemented by five essays on the reception of the Bauhaus. In addition to the curators from Berlin, Dessau and Weimar, the authors are prominent artists, scholars and writers, architects and designers. Ed.: Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Hatje Cantz Verlag, 376 pp., 314 colour illustrations. Book store edition: € 39.80, Museum edition: € 29.80 For the exhibition, the audio guide will be issued as an audio book along with the double CD “Turbulent Times. New Music in the Weimar Republik 1919 – 1933”.

Erich Consemüller Bauhaus Stage (Lis Beyer or Ise Gropius seated in the steel-tube armchair by Marcel Breuer), 1926, gelatin silver print, Wulf Herzogenrath collection

Iwao Yamawaki The Attack on the Bauhaus, 1932, photo collage (illustration in the magazine “Kokusai-Kenchiku”, Tokyo, 1932), Bauhaus Archive Berlin

Supporting programme An extensive programme will be offerend to accompany the exhibition, inculding the following: International Symposium „Global Bauhaus“ 5 days during the week from 21 until 27 September 2009 Location: Martin-Gropius-Bau, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau Conference languages: German/English Architecture Tours in Berlin and Dessau in German and English By subway, Fridays 3 pm: Half-day tour of Berlin-Zehlendorf: € 39 per person By bus, Saturdays and Sundays: Half-day tour of Berlin: € 48 per person All day tour of Dessau: € 95 per person Booking: Discussions on the timeliness of modernity and its ideals Further information at:

Bauhaus. A Conceptual Model – The Exhibition 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 Martin-Gropius-Bau Niederkirchnerstraße 7, 10963 Berlin U-Bahn: U2 Potsdamer Platz S-Bahn: S1, S2, S25 Anhalter Bahnhof / Potsdamer Platz Bus: M29, M41, M48, 200, 347 Opening Hours: 22 July until 4 October 2009 Daily 10am – 8 pm Entrance Fees: Regular € 10, reduced € 8 Children and teenagers until 16 years free Audio guide: Regular € 4, reduced € 3 Group rates for a minimum of 10 persons: Regular € 8, reduced € 6 Group tours (90 minutes, up to 25 participants): German € 75, in addition to entrance fees foreign language € 75, in addition to entrance fees Pupils € 60, in addition to entrance fees Information and booking: Service-Number: 01805 999 62 37 70 Tourist Information: Tel. +49 (0)30 250025 Bauhaus 1919 – 1933: Workshops for Modernity Museum of Modern Art / New York 8 November 2009 until 18 January 2010

Photo credits: VG-Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2009 for Alfred Arndt, Lyonel Feininger, Walter Gropius, Gunta Stölzl


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