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All-year
The Bauhaus Collection
Classic Modern Originals

Until 14 January 2013
Female Bauhaus:
Lou Scheper-Berkenkamp
Fantastics

30 January – 22 April 2013
Female Bauhaus:
Gertrud Arndt, Weaver and photographer, 1923-1931

8 May – 11 August 2013
ON–TYPE: Texts on Typography

21 August – 3 November 2013
Poetry and Industry.
Barbara Schmidt. Porcelain Design.

20 November 2013 – 24 February 2014
'mein reklame-fegefeuer’:
Herbert Bayer and Graphic Design in Germany, 1928-1938
Infromation on the Theme Year "Diversity Destroyed" at www.berlin.de

Exhibiton Poster, including: Lou Scheper. The wizard (costume designs for ‘Ojdar’). 1928. Copyright: Scheper Estate, Berlin. Credit: Scheper Estate, Berlin/ Photo: Bauhaus Archive Berlin
Exhibiton Poster, including: Lou Scheper. The wizard (costume designs for ‘Ojdar’). 1928. Copyright: Scheper Estate, Berlin. Credit: Scheper Estate, Berlin/ Photo: Bauhaus Archive Berlin

Lou Scheper-Berkenkamp

31 October 2012 – 14 January 2013

Lou Scheper-Berkenkamp (1901-1976) studied at the Weimar Bauhaus under Itten, Feininger and Klee and worked in the wall painting workshop. Since 1925, when her husband, Hinnerk Scheper, was a teacher at the Bauhaus in Dessau, she had been actively involved in the work of the Bauhaus stage under the direction of Oskar Schlemmer. At the same time, she created works of fine arts, fanciful pictures of imaginary world travels, and a profusion of illustrated letters in the form of highly creative miniatures combining texts and images that fascinated her friends. Less known is her postwar work as an illustrator of children’s books and in the area of architecture and colour. The colour scheme of Scharoun’s Berlin Philharmonic, for example, was based on a concept by Lou Scheper. This comprehensive presentation at the Bauhaus Archive is the first solo exhibition of her work. 

Programm of Events (in German)

Gertrud Arndt. Mask portrait Nr. 34. 1930/31. Copyright: VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2012. Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin
Gertrud Arndt. Mask portrait Nr. 34. 1930/31. Copyright: VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2012. Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin

Female Bauhaus: Gertrud Arndt. Weaver and photographer, 1923-1931

30 January 2012 – 22 April 2013

Originally, Gertrud Arndt (1903-2000) had wanted to become an architect, but a regular course in architecture was not yet being offered at the Bauhaus. The master of form in the weaving workshop, Georg Muche, recognized her special talent in the field of textiles and entrusted her with creating a carpet to her own design as an introduction to it. Gertrud Arndt quickly became a specialist; her best-known work was a carpet produced for Walter Gropius’s office. On completing her apprenticeship examination, she entirely turned to photography. Starting in 1929, she took photographic self-portraits in a series she called ‘Mask Portraits’dramatizing herself with only a few accessories; the photographs are internationally well-known today.

ON-TYPE: Texts on Typography; Design: Marcel Häusler
ON-TYPE: Texts on Typography; Design: Marcel Häusler

ON-TYPE: Texts on Typography

8 May – 11 August 2013

Written symbols are omnipresent in our culture. They open up the universe of the written word and give us directions in everyday life. But the distinct message inherent in their appearance is often only noticed subliminally. ‘ON–TYPE: Texts on Typography’ conveys the fascination of type design and shows classics from twentieth-century typographic history along with recent examples. The exhibition gathers together theses, manifestos and stocktaking accounts from twentieth-century typography in the German-speaking countries. It also presents type specimens and insiders’ typography magazines, and discusses the central protagonists and important debates in the history of typography regarding legibility, use of small letters in German, and the effects of digitization.

‘ON-TYPE: Texts on Typography’ is an exhibition by the Gutenberg Museum and Mainz University of Applied Sciences / Designlabor Gutenberg, in the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin.

Partner: zitty Berlin, domus Deutsche Ausgabe, H.O.M.E. TYPO Berlin 2013 TOUCH

Barbara Schmidt, GLÜCK (luck), 1999, © Photo: Barbara Schmidt
Barbara Schmidt, GLÜCK (luck), 1999, © Photo: Barbara Schmidt

Poetry & Industrie.

Barbara Schmidt. Porcelain Design.
21 August – 4 November 2013

Ever since her studies in Halle and Helsinki, Barbara Schmidt, one of Germany’s most successful porcelain designers, has been concerned with design that is suitable for everyday use, affordable and aesthetically appealing. ‘Poetry & Industry’ – a constant interweaving of creative craft design and serial production – describes the two poles between which her work can be placed. Barbara Schmidt works as a freelance artist at various colleges of art and as the head designer for KAHLA / Thuringia Porcelain Ltd. The exhibition links the central thread of her biography with the objects characteristic of her approach and her work to date, along with a parallel narrative that reveals her design strategies and processes in each case, from the idea to the finished product. Artistic engagement in film and photos with selected objects and groups of her works and their way of production, provides a clearer perception of the artistic aspect of everyday objects.

Herbert Bayer, Das Wunder des Lebens (The Miracle of Life), catalogue, 1935, Bauhaus Archive Berlin, ©VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2013, Photo: Atelier Schneider
Herbert Bayer, Das Wunder des Lebens (The Miracle of Life), catalogue, 1935, Bauhaus Archive Berlin, ©VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2013, Photo: Atelier Schneider

„mein reklame-fegefeuer“

Herbert Bayer and Graphic Design in Germany, 1928-1938
20 November 2013 – 24 February 2014

He was one of the most creative commercial graphic artists of his period, and was decades ahead of it stylistically. After leaving the Bauhaus in Dessau in 1928, Herbert Bayer continued in Berlin to rigorously pursue the principles of modern graphic art developed at the Bauhaus. Up to the time of his emigration to the USA in 1938, he created hundreds of posters, title pages for books and journals, and commercial adverts and brochures. His clients included companies from the consumer goods industry and publishers, as well as state and semi-state institutions. Bayer also put his innovative advertising ideas at the service of the Nazi dictators. Seventy-five years after he emigrated, this exhibition offers a critical and comprehensive view of Herbert Bayer’s work from 1928 to 1938. The exhibition has been organized in collaboration with guest curator Prof. Patrick Rössler of the Universität Erfurt and is part of the Berlin Theme Year 2013 ‘Diversity Destroyed – Berlin during National Socialism’.

All year 2013

Christian Dell, Wine jug, 1922, new silver, ebony, Bauhaus Archive Berlin, Photo: Fred Kraus
Christian Dell, Wine jug, 1922, new silver, ebony, Bauhaus Archive Berlin, Photo: Fred Kraus

The Bauhaus Collection

Classic Modern Originals
All-year

The Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design in Berlin engages in the research and presentation of the history and influence of the Bauhaus (1919-1933), the most important school of architecture, design and art in the twentieth century. The entire spectrum of the school's activities is represented in the Bauhaus Collection: architecture, furniture, ceramics, metalwork, photography, stage pieces and student work from the preliminary course, as well as works created by the school's famous teachers, including Walter Gropius, Johannes Itten, Paul Klee, Lyonel Feininger, Wassily Kandinsky, Josef Albers, Oskar Schlemmer, László Moholy-Nagy and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Even today, the "Bauhaus Lamp", the "Wassily" armchair, Bauhaus wallpaper and other pieces are regarded as modern classics. This presentation of paintings, drawings, sculptures and models by Bauhaus masters and students from the world's largest collection of Bauhaus artefacts illustrates its lasting influence. Researchers have access to over 32,000 volumes (books, periodicals, exhibition catalogues) on the history and reception of Bauhaus ideas and activities in the library. The document collection contains manuscripts, letters, printed matter, drawings, plans and photos, as well as the Gropius Estate. The programme of the museum is complemented by at least four special exhibitions, numerous lectures, podium discussions, workshops, readings and concerts.