November 22, 2017

Global Exhibition Series Planned for Centenary of the Bauhaus

WEIMAR, GERMANY—To mark the centenary anniversary of the Bauhaus, a series of exhibitions in China, Japan, Russia, and Brazil will examine the art school’s influence on art pedagogy and practice. The series, Bauhaus Imaginista, will culminate with a survey exhibition at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt, March 15–June 10, 2019, Naomi Rea reports for Artnet.

Bauhaus Imaginista is curated by Marion von Osten and Grant Watson, with support from an international team of researchers, artists, and designers, and will focus “on reciprocal dialogue and exchange between the Bauhaus, its students and teachers with non-European Modernisms,” with an emphasis on the school’s “diverse social and cultural networks” and its role in decolonialization movements. The exhibitions begin in April 2018 at the recently opened China Design Museum in Hangzhou, followed by presentations at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow; and SESC Pompéia, São Paulo.

Produced in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, Bauhaus Kooperatio Berlin Dessau Weimar, and HKW, each chapter in the series will be organized around a specific work from the Bauhaus, including the Bauhuas Manifesto and works by Paul Klee, Marcel Breuer, and Kurt Schwerdtfeger, and will be accompanied satellite events, film screenings, and symposia in the United States, Morocco, India, and Nigeria. Artists Kader Attia, Luca Frei, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, and the Otolith Group, and architect Zvi Efrat have been commissioned to produce works for the exhibitions.

“The question we need to ask is why this division between the arts till today is so persistent, even though contemporary art claims to work against these boundaries,” von Osten said. “How do contemporary art schools need to change to meet the societal condition in which we live?”

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