Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity

By kristin

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Being that I missed the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibit on photography from the Bauhaus period back in 2001, I was anxious to see what the MoMA had in store for its newly opened exhibit, Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity.

As the museum’s first major exhibition on the “House of Building” since 1938, it should come as no surprise that the museum did a commendable job of transforming the entire sixth floor into a Bauhaus time capsule. From its beginnings in Weimar to its remodeling in Dessau, the exhibit includes over 400 works across various mediums that defined the first two phases of the Bauhaus movement. Sketches and a miniature model of the school building in Dessau are paired with black and white photographs of the campus by the likes of László Moholy-Nagy. A table and chairs designed by Marcel Breuer for Vasily Kandinsky are positioned against a wall adorned with the artist’s famous “On White II” painting. From the color theory charts by Josef Albers to the striking photomontages by Marianne Brandt, the exhibit clearly reflects the experimentation and collaborative nature of ideas that took place in the Bauhaus during the volatile interwar period of Germany.

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Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops in Modernity will be on display until January 25, 2010. The MoMA is also offering a near-daily series of events such as the “Josef Albers Color Workshop” and a panel discussion on “Women and the Bauhaus” as well as a special “Music at the Bauhaus” concert on December 1 (at 6:30PM).

See full details at MoMA’s website here.

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