The legendary Bauhaus school, founded Weimar in 1919 by Walter Gropius, has returned to London after an interval of over forty years, the previous exhibition having run in the 1960s at the Royal Academy of Arts. The show currently on view at the Barbican Centre presents an overview of the modern world's most famous art school, collectively defined by a utopian vision of changing the thinking and way of life of the society in the years following World War One; a desire to create the ultimate work of art that would unite in one all forms of art and all the new technologies.
The most extensive of recent exhibitions dedicated to Staatliches Bauhaus, it focuses on so much more than the purely artistic and academic aspects of the famous school of design. The show is an attempt to reveal the totality of elements comprising the life and fourteen-year history of the school, starting in Weimar, unfolding at the Dessau building specially designed for the school and concluding in 1933 in Berlin when then Bauhaus director Mies van der Rohe closed the institution, giving in to the pressure from the Nazi regime.
Divided into thematic sections and representing practically every possible medium available at an exhibition - painting, photography, sculpture, architecture, film, textile, ceramics, theatre, installations (a total of 400 exhibits) - the London show aims at exploring all the aspects of the life and essence of Bauhaus. Alongside a number of pieces by some less-known representatives of the school, the exhibition features works by the legendary Bauhaus figures like Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, László Moholy-Nagy, Mies van der Rohe, et al.
Photo: © Erich Consemüller, Lis Beyer or Ise Gropius sitting on the B3 club chair by Marcel Breuer and wearing a mask by Oskar Schlemmer and dress fabric by Beyer, c.1927. Herzogenrath, Berlin. © Estate Erich Consemüller
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