Klaus Lederer, Senator für Kultur und Europa des Landes Berlin bei der Vernissage zur Ausstellung „New Bauhaus Chicago: Experiment Fotografie und Film“ mit über 500 Gästen am 14.11.2017 im Bauhaus-Archiv; Foto: Ulrich Weigand

„New Bauhaus Chicago“ opended

Exhibition opening “New Bauhaus Chicago. Experiment Photography and Film“ on 14 November 2017.

The Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung is presenting the photography of Chicago’s New Bauhaus and the Institute of Design that emerged out of it in a major exhibition running from 15 November 2017 to 5 March 2018. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Bauhaus successor institution that was founded by the avantgarde artist and former Bauhaus teacher László Moholy-Nagy in 1937 and developed into an important centre of photographic education in the US. “We are presenting the most extensive exhibition on photography at the New Bauhaus and Institute of Design ever shown outside the US. It is based on the Bauhaus-Archiv’s unique holdings related to the legendary Chicago school, which feature multifaceted material stemming from the late 1930s to the 1980s,” said Annemarie Jaeggi, Director of the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung on the occasion of the opening. “It was possible to expand these once again through gifts made during preparations for the exhibition. I warmly thank all our donors for this.” Select loans from renowned cultural institutions in Chicago round off the presentation.

The exhibition provides deep insight into teaching practice as well as the range of teachers’ and students’ work in photography and film. Renowned fine-art photographers like György Kepes, Nathan Lerner, Arthur Siegel, Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind shaped generations of photographers. Works by graduates like Barbara Crane, Joseph Jachna, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Kenneth Josephson and Ray K. Metzker demonstrate how much their education remained a lifelong source of inspiration for them. The focus was on experimental approaches ranging from photograms to diverse variants of photography and all the way to the moving image. Along with around 200 photographs and 20 films, the exhibition includes a great number of documents and publications, thus conveying the history and distinctive characteristics of the photography programme at the New Bauhaus and Institute of Design.

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