New Bauhaus Chicago: Experiment Photography and Film 

Eighty years ago László Moholy-Nagy founded the New Bauhaus in Chicago, thus providing American photography with a decisive creative impulse. The Bauhaus-Archiv photography collection’s holdings related to the New Bauhaus and to the Institute of Design, which grew out of it and still exists today, are unique outside of the US, and this anniversary has provided an occasion for presenting them. Photographs, films, publications and documents from the legendary school of photography, whose teachers included György Kepes, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind and Arthur Siegel, bring this exuberantly experimental workshop atmosphere back to life.

Together with collection curator Dr Sibylle Hoiman, guest curator Dr Kristina Lowis has prepared this exhibition and catalogue on photography at the New Bauhaus. During research trips to Chicago, Kristina Lowis identified works to be loaned from archives, museums and galleries there in order to effectively supplement the objects from the Bauhaus-Archiv’s own extensive holdings.

New Bauhaus Chicago: Experiment Photography is the first of the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin exhibitions for the 2019 centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus. It is supported by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes and the Federal State of Berlin.

A richly illustrated catalogue will be published to accompany the exhibition. New Bauhaus Chicago: Experiment Photography looks at 80 years of photography from Chicago. It will portray the institutions and decisive figures who have inspired and created photography, collected it and presented it to the public since the New Bauhaus’s founding in Chicago in 1937:

New Bauhaus Chicago: Experiment Photography, ed. by Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin 2017. With contributions by A. Bähr, S. Daiter, J. Grimes, S. Hoiman, K. Lowis, E. Siegel. German & English editions, c. 200 pages, c. 150 colour illustrations, 24 × 30 cm, hardback, ISBN 978-3-7774-2938-0 (German), ISBN 978-3-7774-2937-3 (English); publication date: November 2017

Video New Bauhaus Chicago. Experiment Fotografie und Film.

Big changes are coming!

From 6 to 20 March 2018 the museum must unfortunately remain closed, because of construction work. The bauhaus-shop and cafe will remain open, except on Tuesdays, 10 am - 5 pm.

From 21 March to 29 April 2018, during our special programme »Open House«, you can explore the exhibition galleries freed from all architectural elements added at later times, take part in architectural tours or personally participate in a sound-art installation and performance.

In the summer of 2018 the Bauhaus-Archiv will open a new venue in the rooms formerly occupied by the Kiepert bookshop in the Hardenberg House located at the corner of Knesebeckstraße and Hardenbergstraße. There we will inform you about all of our institution’s projects and continue to maintain contact with our visitors while the construction work is carried out. The bauhaus-shop also looks forward to greeting you there in future.

You will find more information on this website.