In 2017, three big exhibitions will be shown at the Bauhaus institutions in Berlin, Dessau and Weimar, which already refer to the Bauhaus centenary 2019.

Josef Albers, ti244 © The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017, Photo: Christian Hagemann, Gestaltung Herburg Weiland.
Josef Albers, ti244 © The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017, Photo: Christian Hagemann, Gestaltung Herburg Weiland.

Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau: Craft becomes Modern. The Bauhaus in the Making

What happened here was hammering, planing, sawing and weaving. The workshop wing of the Bauhaus design school in Dessau was quite a noisy and dusty place. Although the Dessau workshops were designed as "laboratories for industry", they were still used for a huge amount of hand-crafted work.

The exhibition "Craft becomes Modern. The Bauhaus in the Making", in the original setting of the weaving workshop in the Bauhaus building in Dessau, tells the story of the workshops from the perspective of craft, a category that was central to the very founding of the Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar. At the same time, no other idea provoked more vehement arguments at the Bauhaus than the concept of craft.

In the exhibition, contemporary positions in design that conceptualise craft as critical design praxis enter into a dialogue with modern craft at the Bauhaus. The exhibition will be shown in the framework of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation’s annual theme “Substance”.

Exhibtion: „Craft becomes Modern. The Bauhaus in the Making“
Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau
13 April 2017 – 7 January 2018

German sculptor Gerhard Marcks (1889 - 1981) poses for a portrait in his studio, New York, photo: Arnold Newman, 1950 / Arnold Newman Collection, Getty Images
German sculptor Gerhard Marcks (1889 - 1981) poses for a portrait in his studio, New York, photo: Arnold Newman, 1950 / Arnold Newman Collection, Getty Images

Klassik Stiftung Weimar: Paths from the Bauhaus. Gerhard Marcks and his Circle of Friends

The sculptor Gerhard Marcks (1889–1981) was not only one of the first instructors at the newly founded Bauhaus, but also one of the few artists who advocated the original idea of renewing the arts through handicrafts. Starting in 1919, a group of likeminded comrades-in-arms established itself at the Bauhaus. Its purpose was to convey the artistic concepts of the Bauhaus to schools, communities and circles of friends far beyond the borders of Europe. This exhibition is the first ever to examine this extraordinary group of artists and to offer a new and surprising look at the Bauhaus outside of industry and classification.
 
Marcks and his students, e.g. the ceramics artist Marguerite Friedländer-Wildenhain (1896–1985), the silversmith Wolfgang Tümpel (1903–1978) and the painter Johannes Driesch (1901–1930), shared a common characteristic, namely their adherence to traditional principles of craftsmanship. Featuring over 150 sculptures, drawings, paintings, ceramics and metal works from around 1919 to the present, the exhibition will demonstrate that, for all involved, this approach played a key role in establishing their artistic self-image.
 
The exhibition is a joint project by the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, the Gerhard-Marcks-Haus in Bremen and the DFG project “Moving Networks. Bauhaus Members and Their Networks of Relationships in the 1930s and 1940s” at the TU Cottbus-Senftenberg in Brandenburg and the University of Erfurt. It is sponsored by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the Free State of Thuringia, the Art Mentor Foundation in Lucerne, and the Circle of Friends of the Gerhard-Marcks-Haus.

Exhibition: „Paths from the Bauhaus. Gerhard Marcks and his Circle of Friends“
Klassik Stiftung Weimar
17. August – 5. November 2017

Untitled (Kegel auf Streifengrund), 1939, print 1970s. Photo: György Kepes, © Juliet Kepes-Stone / Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin.
Untitled (Kegel auf Streifengrund), 1939, print 1970s. Photo: György Kepes, © Juliet Kepes-Stone / Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin.

Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin: New Bauhaus Chicago: Experiment Photography

Eighty years ago, László Moholy-Nagy founded the New Bauhaus in Chicago, which provided a decisive creative impulse for American photography. The holdings of the Bauhaus-Archiv photography collection relating to the New Bauhaus and the Institute of Design which emerged from it and still exists today are unique outside of the USA and we take this centenary as an opportunity to present them. Photographs, films, publications and documents from the legendary photography school with teachers like György Kepes, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind and Arthur Siegel rekindle this adventurously experimental workshop atmosphere.

Exhibition: „New Bauhaus Chicago: Experiment Photography“
Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin
15 November 2017 – 5 March 2018

Nathan Lerner, Eye on Nails, 1940. Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin. © Kiyoko Lerner.
Nathan Lerner, Eye on Nails, 1940. Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin. © Kiyoko Lerner.