The Bauhaus, one of the 20th century’s most influential schools of art, architecture, and design, was founded in Weimar, Germany, 100 years ago. In commemoration of the centennial anniversary, The Bauhaus and its Legacy brings together more than 40 artworks by some of the school’s most influential teachers and their students, including Anni Albers, Wassily Kandinsky, Marcel Breuer, and many others. The installation includes paintings, prints, photographs, furniture, and decorative objects drawn primarily from the Museum’s collection.
The Bauhaus was a fertile site for experimentation across media and disciplines, as evidenced by the diverse selection of objects in the exhibition. The school embraced a unity of art and design; students took courses in visual language and practical, workshop-based trainings in carpentry, printing and advertising, metalwork, sculpture, and weaving. While the Bauhaus was open for only 14 years, its principles continue to influence art and design. This legacy is demonstrated in the exhibition with works by contemporary artists channeling the school’s themes and aesthetics.
The installation was curated by Hannah Klemm, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art, Genevieve Cortinovis, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, and Eric Lutz, associate curator of prints, drawings, and photographs, with Molly Moog, research assistant. A related exhibition, The Bauhaus and its Legacy: Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet, is on view in Gallery 301.
Large print audio transcriptions of Ben Thorp Brown’s Gropius Memory Palace are available upon request at the Taylor Hall Information Center.