|Title||The Bauhaus #itsalldesign||Posted In||Art, Exhibition||Duration||26 September 2015 to 28 February 2016|
|Venue||Vitra Design Museum||Opening Hours||Daily from 10am – 6pm||Telephone||+49.7621.702.3705|
Vitra Design Museum presents the exhibition The Bauhaus #itsalldesign, the first comprehensive survey of design from the legendary ‘Staatliches Bauhaus’ school founded in 1919 by architect Walter Gropius. More than just a showcase of the aesthetics and philosophy developed at the Bauhaus, the exhibition also seeks to expose how the school’s legacy remains influential nearly eighty years after the school was shut down by the Nazi regime in Germany.
The exhibition features original objects and documents from the fields of design, architecture, art, film and photography by both Bauhaus teachers and affiliated artists (such as Marianne Brandt, Marcel Beuer, Wassily Kandinsky and of course, Gropius), displayed next to contributions by contemporary creators of the likes of Sir Norman Foster, Opendesk and others. In addition to existing objects and artworks, four new artworks were commissioned by the museum especially for the exhibition, created by artist Adrian Sauer, conceptual artist Olaf Nicolai as well as Joseph Grima and Philipp Oswalt, who are both architects and authors. A 400-page exhibition book has also been published, which includes an extensive illustrated catalogue together with essays and shorter contributions about the Bauhaus and its contemporary significance.
According to the exhibition’s curators, the Bauhaus designer was not just expected to “fabricate objects of daily use, but should take an active role in the transformation of society” as well, a mandate that has recently gained much attention in discourse about design in general. As the hashtag in the exhibition’s title suggests, the whole project is meant as an opportunity to add more voices to this discussion, though the contribution of the general public.