László Moholy-Nagy, the Media and the Arts
In his artistic work and experimental use of new media, the avant-gardist and Bauhaus teacher László Moholy-Nagy (1895–1946) overstepped the boundaries of the conventional view of art. His methods were marked by interdisciplinary approaches, while at the same time fundamentally questioning the traditional perception of art. His approach was thus far ahead of his time and was already raising issues that are still relevant today. Moholy-Nagy’s many-faceted media art as well as works by contemporary artists have an immediate effect on the viewer’s various senses and thus conveys new approaches to art for people either with or without sensory impairments.
The exhibition, curated by Oliver Botar of the School of Art at the University of Manitoba, Canada, has been prepared in collaboration with the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg, Canada, and has received financial support from the Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin, Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne and Salgo Trust for Education New York.
Contemporary artists included in the exhibition:
Eduardo Aquino; Naomi Clare Crellin; Lancelot Coar und Patrick Harrop; Olafur Eliasson; Ken Gregory; Gottfried Jäger und Karl Martin Holzhäuser; Eduardo Kac; Erika Lincoln; Guy Maddin; Bernie Miller; Javier Navarro; Freya Olafson; Floris Neusüss und Renate Heyne; Peter Yeadon; et al.
Rodney LaTourelle and Louise Witthöft
Oliver Botar, Sensing the Future: Moholy-Nagy, the Media and the Arts, Lars Müller Verlag (Zurich), online avaliable at bauhaus-shop.
Hauptstadtkulturfonds Berlin, Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, Salgo Trust for Education New York
Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, Kanada
The Moholy-Nagy Foundation, Inc., Michigan, USA
University of Manitoba, Kanada
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Kanada
Botschaft von Kanada
Allgemeiner Blinden- und Sehbehindertenverein Berlin
Jugend im Museum
domus, H.O.M.E., Photo International
Educational supporting programme
• Guided tours are available free of charge, with small practical exercises, for school years 1 to 13
• Workshops are available free of charge for collaborating schools and projects
The workshops are designed for children and young people aged 5–19, with group sizes of 15–27 participants. They have been specially developed for the exhibition and are continually used for educational work at the Bauhaus Archive.
• Refractions and translating them (ages 5–10)
• Photographing with the sun / photograms (ages 5–12)
• The unreadable book – a sensory object (ages 5–18)
• TEMPO! Berlin dynamics (ages 12–18), the Z1 painting (ages 5–12)
Please address any inquiries about the supporting programme to: visit[at]bauhaus.de
The exhibition has the following barrier-free elements:
• Barrier-free accessibility (no steps)
• Guidance system for the blind to four tactile stops within the exhibition
• Tactile exhibition ground plan and tactile object labels
• Availability of live speakers specially trained in communicating with visitors who are blind or visually handicapped (in collaboration with ‘Jugend im Museum’)
• Separate audio guides with selected stops: for visitors who are blind or visually handicapped, for the deaf in German sign language, and in easy language for children
Special guided tours for those with sensory handicaps:
• Appointments free of charge for the blind, visually handicapped and those with other physical and mental handicaps
• Additional special guided tours are available on request. Contact: visit[at]bauhaus.de