The bauhaus.photo exhibition opens on October 10, 2019 and features 100 key works from the collection of more than 70,000 Bauhaus photos held by the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung in Berlin – the largest such collection in the world. The exhibition is on view in two locations: at the Museum of Craft and Design and at the American Institute of Architects San Francisco. The exhibition opening on October 10, 2019 includes an opening reception at the American Institute of Architects San Francisco. Bauhaus.photo provides an impressive insight into the many facets of Bauhaus photography and life at the Bauhaus.
As one of the twentieth century's most avant-garde schools, the Bauhaus was founded by the architect Walter Gropius in Weimar in 1919. It relocated to Dessau in 1925, and was closed in Berlin in 1933 under pressure from the Nazis. Many Bauhäusler were forced to leave Germany. Some of them came to America, where their ideas fell on fertile ground. For all those interested in architecture and design, the Bauhaus offers countless associations and points of contact. The Bauhaus workshops gave rise to modern design objects aimed at a new way of life – from everyday items to residential buildings. Many of the designs, particularly those in the fields of furniture-making and architecture, have since acquired historic importance. Portrait, architectural and product photography depict life at the Bauhaus and provide visitors with an extensive overview of the artistically diverse photography at the Bauhaus. The internationality of the Bauhaus’s students and teachers contributed to the fact that parallels to contemporary avant-garde photography – from Surrealism and Dadaism to the New Vision and New Objectivity – simultaneously developed there. The exhibition presents classic works by Lucia Moholy, László Moholy-Nagy, and T. Lux Feininger as well as images by less popular photographers like Kattina Both, Irene Bayer and Max Peiffer Watenpfuhl and a few superb works by entirely unknown artists. Their photos use dynamic diagonals, extreme perspectives and refined tricks to visualize the experimental and professional approach to the medium of photography at the Bauhaus. The image these pictures convey of life at one of the 20th century’s most important art schools still remains fascinating.
On view at two locations:
Museum of Craft and Design 2569 Third Street San FranciscoExhibit hours: Tue - Sat 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM American Institute Of Architects San Francisco 130 Sutter Street Suite 600 San FranciscoExhibit hours: Mon - Fri 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Price: General admission (SF MCD): $8.00 | General admission (AIA SF): Free
The exhibition bauhaus.photo is touring throughout the USA as a part of the “Year of German-American Friendship” 2018/19: A collaborative initiative funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, implemented by the Goethe-Institut, and with support of the Federation of German Industries (BDI).
Above image: Lucia Moholy: Tea infuser MT 49 (design Marianne Brandt), 1924Copyright: Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin