On the occasion of the Centenary, the Weltmuseum für Druckkunst (the World Museum for the art of printing) in Mainz devotes itself to the activities of the Bauhaus in the field of the art of printing, typography and poster art.

Printing Press at the workshop Gutenberg, photo: D. Bachert, 2010. © Gutenberg-Museum.
Printing Press at the workshop Gutenberg, photo: D. Bachert, 2010. © Gutenberg-Museum.

Bauhaus members such as Herbert Bayer, László Moholy-Nagy, Josef Albers and Joost Schmidt revolutionized graphic design and communications design with the ‘New Typography’ or ‘Elementary Typography’ and had a shaping influence on the field throughout the world. To coincide with the Bauhaus centenary in 2019, the renowned Gutenberg Museum in Mainz will be devoting a comprehensive special exhibition on typography. The state of Rhineland-Palatinate will also be presenting materials on the achievements of the New Architecture (Neues Bauen). One example of this philosophy of architecture in the wake of the Bauhaus is provided by Ludwigshafen’s municipal housing such as the settlement Ebertsiedlung.

Visiting modernism

Ebertsiedlung (Ebert housing estate)
Architect: Markus Sternlieb (1927-30)
Ebert-, Benz-, Ernst-Lehmann-, Erzberger-Straße, 67063 Ludwigshafen

Experiencing modernism

The Federal State of Rheinland-Palatinate is preparing a variety of contributions for the Bauhaus Centenary 2019, for example:

“simply grotesk”
typography special exhibition
Gutenberg-Museum Mainz 
Liebfrauenstraße 5, 55116 Mainz

More on the activities and the Federal State’s connections to the Bauhaus can be found here.

 

Media facade of the Gutenberg Museum, Mainz, photo: Martina Pipprich, 2012. Gutenberg-Museum.
Media facade of the Gutenberg Museum, Mainz, photo: Martina Pipprich, 2012. Gutenberg-Museum.