Bauhaus by Day, Bauhaus by Night Barbican Art Gallery invites visitors to celebrate the joyful spirit of the Bauhaus with the special 12-hour event Bauhaus by Day, Bauhaus by Night on Saturday 23 June 2012. Festivities include free, family-friendly workshops, a performance lecture and a Bauhaus Costume Party set in the Barbican’s atmospheric rooftop Conservatory and the Garden Room. The event is one of the highlights of the public programme accompanying Barbican Art Gallery’s critically acclaimed exhibition Bauhaus: Art as Life, on show until 12 August 2012.
Barbican Centre, London, UK
Sat 23 June 2012, 12pm – midnight
Bauhaus by Day
Bauhaus by Day runs from 12 – 6pm and features an exciting range of free, creative events for those aged 5 and above.
Free Creative Workshops – sign-up on the day to take part
Bauhaus stage expert Melissa Trimingham’s workshops encourage visitors to make their own hand puppet using found material. The sessions are inspired by the playful puppets Bauhaus Master Paul Klee created for his son Felix, several of which are exhibited as part of Bauhaus: Art as Life. These take place in the Garden Room (level 3) between 12 – 2pm and 3.30 – 6pm.
Kite-making workshops with specialist Karl Longbottom teach visitors how to build kites and echo the Bauhaus’s own kite festivals. One, aimed at participants age 5 upwards, teaches a simple design while the other gives visitors the opportunity to try a more complex model and is suitable for all ages from 10 and above. These take place in the Garden Room (level 3) between 12 – 2pm and 3.30 – 6pm. Between 2 – 3pm all participants are invited to fly their new kites together on the Barbican Sculpture Court, adjacent to Barbican Art Gallery (level 3), surrounded by the iconic architecture of the Estate.
WHAT_architecture presents Legobusier©: a Lego meets Le Corbusier modern architecture master class. Using Le Corbusier’s Five Points of Architecture as the starting point, alongside the architecture of the Bauhaus, Junior Open House Festival’s giant Lego city invites visitors to use the iconic building blocks to create their own modernist imaginings. The individual designs built by participants then feed into a modern city, a growing Legoland. These take place in the Garden Room (level 3) between 12 – 2pm and 3.30 – 6pm and are suitable for those aged 5 and up. Adults attending the Bauhaus Costume Party from 8pm can also add to this mini metropolis.
Designer Fred Butler, whose clients include Lady Gaga and Björk, leads an accessory making drop-in session. Participants can make Bauhaus inspired accessories to take away or wear to the Bauhaus Costume Party later that evening. This takes place in the Barbican Conservatory Terrace (level 4) between 6.30 – 8.30pm for participants aged 14 plus (please note that the Bauhaus Costume Party is for those aged 18 plus only).
Joining in the fun, the Barbican Foodhall has special Bauhaus biscuits available to purchase on the day.
As part of a series of artist commissions for No Competition at Kingston University’s Stanley Picker Gallery artist Ian Whittlesea launches his new book Mazdaznan Health & Breath Culture (based on the 1940 original text). The book will be presented by Ian Whittlesea and David Falkner, director of the Stanley Picker Gallery. Whittlesea’s project relates to the exercises that Bauhaus Master Johannes Itten taught at the school. Itten was a devout Mazdaznan and derived these exercises from Mazdaznan Health & Breath Culture by Dr. Otoman Zar-Adusht Ha’nish. Come for a glass of wine and hear him talk about this project. Mazdaznan Health & Breath Culture is available for purchase on the day (2 – 3pm, Barbican Foyer free stage area, level G).
Bauhaus by Night
Performance Lecture: Play Bauhaus
Free – but spaces may be limited
Torsten Blume , curator and stage director, from the Bauhaus Foundation in Dessau and dancer Yun-Ju Chen give a special performance lecture to illustrate the ideas of play bauhaus. This ongoing series of experiments, actions, installations and performances was initiated in 2007 and is based on the idea of the historic Bauhaus theatre as a laboratory for aesthetically aware bodily and spatial movements. The performance lecture runs from 6 – 7.30pm (please note that finishing time is approximate). Exact location tbc, please check the Barbican website for further information: www.barbican.org.uk
Bauhaus Costume Party
Barbican Conservatory and Garden Room
£8 online / £10 on the door
In honour of the Bauhaus’ famous parties, Barbican Art Gallery hosts its very own Bauhaus Costume Party in the tropical surrounds of the Barbican Conservatory and Garden Room from 8pm – midnight. The Conservatory is the second largest in London and h ome to finches, exotic fish and over 2,000 species of tropical plants and trees. Parties and festivals were integral to life and learning at the Bauhaus. Such events took place several times a year and both masters and students would design costumes, décor and party invitations and the Bauhaus band would regularly perform. The Bauhaus parties were often themed and included the Beard, Nose and Heart Party, the Metal Party, and the White Party, which demanded that guests dress in ‘2/3 white, 1/3 spotted, checked or striped’. Guests of the Barbican’s Bauhaus Costume Party are encouraged to embrace the creative spirit of the Bauhaus and respond to these themes or dream up their own Bauhaus-inspired costume.
Prizes for the best dressed party-goers include: a two-night stay for two people at award-winning boutique hotel Townhall Hotel in Bethnal Green, a 12 month subscription to Wallpaper* Magazine and a selection of Wallpaper* 2012 City Guides.
Anyone wearing a costume can also enter a free Bauhaus raffle – another regular feature at Bauhaus parties. Prizes include: a striking ceramic hand-painted plate by Darkroom from their Stolen From De Stilj range worth £120; Bauhaus-inspired screen-printed Patternity tights worth £48 each; a piece of luxury, hand-made jewellery from contemporary designers lua lua; and a surprise gift from high-end furniture manufacturer Knoll, alongside many more.
Entertainment on the night includes a DJ set from Kwes (Warp Records), a Bauhaus-inspired performance by celebrated artist Ryan Styles and jazz sets from the Joshua Jawson Quartet, who will explore the music that so-excited the Bauhauslers at the beginning of the 20th century.
Guests can also partake in WHAT_architecture’s Legobusier©, a Lego meets Le Corbusier modern architecture master class that invites visitors to use Lego to create their own modernist imaginings as part of an expanding Lego city.
Searcy’s bars are to be located in the Conservatory and Garden Room. A Barbican photographer will be on hand to photograph guests with images of the night uploaded to the Barbican Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/barbican/
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Barbican Art Gallery, London
Daily 11am–8pm, Wed 11am–6pm, every Thurs LATE until 10pm
Tickets: Standard £10 online/£12 on the door, Concessions £7 online/£8 on the door
Secondary school (groups of ten or more) £6, Under 12s free
Red members: unlimited free entry for member + guest
Orange members: Unlimited free entry for member
Yellow members: 30% off which is £7 online/£8.40 on the door
Bauhaus: Art as Life is a Barbican Art Gallery exhibition produced in co-operation with Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin / Museum für Gestaltung, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau and Klassik Stiftung Weimar. It is co-curated by Barbican curators, Catherine Ince and Lydia Yee, and designed by architects Carmody Groarke, creators of the Barbican Art Gallery’s dramatic The Surreal House exhibition installation, working in collaboration with graphic designers A Practice For Everyday Life (APFEL). Bauhaus: Art as Life draws on the unparalleled collections of the Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin / Museum für Gestaltung, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau and Klassik Stiftung Weimar, as well as other major lending institutions including; Centre Georges Pompidou; Harvard Art Museum, Busch-Reisinger Museum, the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation; The Museum of Modern Art, New York and Zentrum Paul Klee.
Supported by the Ernst von Siemens Art Foundation
The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue co-published by Barbican Art Gallery and Verlag der Buchhandlung Walter König and designed by APFEL . It features newly commissioned texts from a range of leading scholars, critics and commentators such as Anja Baumhoff, Éva Forgács, Kathleen James-Chakraborty, Melissa Trimingham, Philip Ursprung, Nicholas Fox Weber as well as Barbican and Bauhaus archive curators. The catalogue will also include a series of original writings by Bauhaus artists from previously published texts to personal correspondence.
Talks & Events
Supported by The Goethe-Institut London, The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, London, The Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom and The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
As one of Europe’s leading multi-arts centres the Barbican embraces the spectrum of Bauhaus arts throughout its parallel learning programme. A host of workshops, talks, films and performances accompanies a major Creative Learning initiative, the Bauhaus Arts School Lab, an intensive two-week experimental school in July 2012 led by dynamic practitioners from a wide range of creative backgrounds.
For more information vi sit: www.barbican.org.uk
Bauhaus: Art as Life Learning Resource
Free to download is the Bauhaus: Art as Life learning resource. This exciting, contemporary take on the Bauhaus includes activities to do at home, work or college:
Barbican Art Gallery Shop
The shop features an extensive range of books, stationery and design led home-ware, including original pieces designed by the Bauhaus as well as new products by contemporary designers inspired by the school. Collaborations with Ideas Tap and University of the Arts, London are also featured.
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