For the first time, the three German Bauhaus institutions – the Bauhaus Archive Berlin, the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau and the Klassik Stiftung Weimar – are uniting to present a comprehensive exhibition about the Bauhaus, the most influential school for art, design and architecture of the 20th century. Numerous, to a large extent widely unknown objects will make “Bauhaus. A Conceptual Model” a unique exhibition that will dominate Berlin’s cultural summer.

“Bauhaus. A Conceptual Model” recounts the story of the Bauhaus in a comprehensive presentation of the works of its masters and students as well as the most important school issues. The exhibition focuses on the comprehensive significance of the Bauhaus in regard to the development and internationalisation of modernity and goes beyond, examining its world-wide, lasting impact on architecture and design up until the present day. While the portrayal of the historical Bauhaus will be presented in the 18 ground floor gallery rooms of the Martin-Gropius-Bau, the view of the post-Bauhaus era is located in the spacious “Lichthof” (Lighted Courtyard). Influenced by Johannes Itten’s “Farbkreis” (colour circle), the exhibition architects, chezweitz & roseapple, allocate individual shades of colours to the Bauhaus’ stages of development.

The early works of the Bauhaus masters are highlights. They document why Feininger, Klee, Kandinsky et al were summoned to the school as masters. Among other objects, the “Gropius Folder” can be seen, which was presented to the director of the Bauhaus as a birthday gift in 1924. The visitor will be amazed by the “African Chair”, created and constructed by Marcel Breuer and the weaving artist Gunta Stőlzl in 1921. For eighty years it was assumed to have been lost, and is quite contradictory to Breuer’s wide reputation as the designer of the steel tube furniture. Breuer’s first “Club chair” from 1926 can also be seen, as well as Johannes Itten’s four-metre-high “Tower of Fire” from 1920. The “Draft of a socialist city” by Reinhold Rossig and the “Bauhaus Dress” by Lis Vogler from 1928 are exemplary representatives of the unknown works that originated in the workshops.

The cooperation partner of the exhibition ‘Bauhaus. A Conceptual Model’ is the Museum of Modern Art in New York, which will celebrate its 80th birthday with the exhibition “bauhaus 1919-1933: workshops for modernity” directly following the Berlin presentation. The exhibition is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, HOCHTIEF, the German Sparkassen- und Giroverband and the Art Mentor Foundation.

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22 July until 04 October 2009
Daily from 10am – 8 pm

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