Woman wearing a theatrical mask by Oskar Schlemmer and seated on Marcel Breuer’s tubular-steel chair, c.1926. Photo: Erich Consemüller, dress material: Elisabeth Beyer-Volger, Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin / © Dr. Stephan Consemüller

Woman wearing a theatrical mask by Oskar Schlemmer and seated on Marcel Breuer’s tubular-steel chair, c.1926. Photo: Erich Consemüller, dress material: Elisabeth Beyer-Volger, Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin / © Dr. Stephan Consemüller

original bauhaus

The centenary exhibition

6/9/2019 - 27/1/2020
Berlinische Galerie
Alte Jakobstraße 124-128, Berlin-Kreuzberg

The Bauhaus existed for only 14 years in Germany, but for 100 years its ideas have now been passed on and its products relaunched, imitated and further developed. Marking the centenary of the Bauhaus’s founding, the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung’s exhibition at the Ber-linische Galerie is presenting famous, familiar and forgotten Bauhaus originals and recounting the history behind the objects. Around 700 exhibits will be on display: art and design from the Bauhaus-Archiv’s collection, exceptional loans from international collections and artistic positions which take a new look at the Bauhaus legacy.

On the basis of 14 key objects, the exhibition will develop 14 case histories: How did the woman sitting on the tubular-steel chair become the most famous anonymous figure from the Bauhaus? Does the Haus am Horn in Weimar have a secret twin? Why have the tea infusers which were created as prototypes for industrial production always remained one-of-a-kind pieces? “original bauhaus” sheds light on how unique work and series, remake and original are inseparably linked in the history of the Bauhaus. This is because Bauhaus artists did not see art and technology as opposed to each other. Instead, they used technical innovations to create exceptional works of art, and they took serial production into account from the moment they began drafting their designs. Today there have been almost 100 years of responses to the Bauhaus, as compared to 14 years of Bauhaus production. Reproductions, re-editions and remakes have made the Bauhaus the 20th century’s most influential school of architecture, design and art.

A catalogue and the book “original bauhaus exercises” will be published to accompany the exhibition. In cooperation with the Bauhaus Agents, the exhibition will enable visitors to experience Bauhaus education and will invite them to try out exercises from the preliminary course for themselves. A symposium with the working title “Don’t do it yourself!” will examine Bauhaus teaching methods and the value of experimentation and expertise in education and training today.

The centenary exhibition by Berlin’s Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung in cooperation with the Berlinische Galerie is supported by the Senate Department of Culture and Europe and the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

In the context of 100 Jahre Bauhaus

We would like to thank our media partners Wall, Weltkunst, Tagesspiegel, RadioEINS, Inforadio (rbb), tip Berlin, ZITTY, EXBERLINER.

Visitor information

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Poster original bauhaus, reproduction: Takehiko Mizutani, reproduction: three-part sculpture (material study from Albers’s preliminary course), 1927 Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, photo: Fotostudio Bartsch

Poster original bauhaus, reproduction: Takehiko Mizutani, three-part sculpture (material study from Albers’s preliminary course), 1927 Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, photo: Fotostudio Bartsch

original bauhaus

The centenary exhibition

06.09.2019-27.01.2020

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