Vitra Design Museum Hosts Major Bauhaus Retrospective

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Operate from Bauhaus artists and designers which includes Walter Gropius, Marianne Brandt and Wassily Kandinsky is on display at the Vitra Design Museum in Germany .

Bauhaus retrospective at Vitra Design Museum Mechanical Ballet, 1923, by Kurt Schmidt with F W Bogler and G Teltscher. New manufacturing at Theater der Klänge, 2009. Photograph by O Eltinger

Produced as a comprehensive overview of perform from the influential German art and style college, the exhibition covers a selection of disciplines such as style, architecture, artwork, film and photography.

Bauhaus retrospective at Vitra Design Museum Book plate from the manifesto and programme of the Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar, 1919, by Walter Gropius. Picture courtesy of Pro Litteris

Founded by Gropius in 1919, the Bauhaus taught Modernist concepts across artwork, architecture, graphic layout, interior design and industrial design and style.

Bauhaus retrospective at Vitra Design Museum Wassily Chair, 1983, by Alessandro Mendini. Picture courtesy of Jürgen Hans, Vitra Design and style Museum

Subsequent directors integrated architects Hannes Meyer – from 1928 to 1930 – and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who served till the school closed underneath strain from the Nazi government in 1933.

Bauhaus retrospective at Vitra Design Museum Pipe table and chair, 2009, by Konstantin Grcic. Photography by Florian Böhm

The present, titled The Bauhaus #itsalldesign, is divided into 4 themed sections, with several of the pieces never ever possessing been exhibited before.


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The opening element of the exhibition examines the historical context of the Bauhaus, although successive sections examine lesser-known design and style objects, and the theme of space – with a emphasis on the diverse people that contributed to the school’s layout technique.

Bauhaus retrospective at Vitra Design Museum Layout for a multi-media exhibition stand for Regina tooth paste, 1924, by Herbert Bayer. Courtesy of Professional Litteris

A ultimate section examines communication, covering typography as effectively as experimental movie and photography.

Bauhaus retrospective at Vitra Design Museum Armchair MR 20/three, 1927, by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Image courtesy of Professional Litteris

Crucial pieces on show incorporate Walter Gropius’ 1919 manifesto, a Ludwig Mies van der Rohe armchair with U-shaped metal arms, and Josef Albers’ 1923 Park stained glass panel.

Bauhaus retrospective at Vitra Design Museum Park by Josef Albers 1923/24. Courtesy of The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Professional Litteris, 2015, ARSN

Historic objects are contrasted by function from contemporary designers influenced by the movement, this kind of as Konstantin Grcic’s Pipe table and chair, Opendesk’s Edie stool and Front Design’s Sketch furnishings.

Bauhaus retrospective at Vitra Design Museum Stars and Stripes, 2015, by MIIRO

Extra pieces have been also commissioned for the exhibition by artists Adrian Sauer and Olaf Nicolai, and architects Philipp Oswalt and Joseph Grima – who submitted a digital “docudrama” that follows the ghost of Gropius through the universe of video game Minecraft.

Bauhaus retrospective at Vitra Design Museum Still from Minecraft: Titan City, 2014, by Colonial Puppet. Part of the exhibition contribution by Joseph Grima, Area Caviar

A recent worldwide competitors calling for proposals for a new Bauhaus museum was jointly won by two styles – a long rectangular developing with an external framework frame, and a group of colourful conjoined pods.

Bauhaus retrospective at Vitra Design Museum Lath chair 1922 by Marcel Breuer. Photography by Jürgen Hans Vitra Layout Museum, courtesy of Assortment Vitra Style Museum

The exhibition opened 26 September 2015 at the Vitra Layout Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany, and continues until 28 February 2016.

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