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Art as Life
The biggest Bauhaus exhibition in the UK in over 40 years presented the modern world’s most famous art school.
From expressionist beginnings to a pioneering model uniting art and technology, this exhibition charted the Bauhaus’ utopian vision to change society in the aftermath of World War I. Bauhaus: Art as Life explored the school’s fourteen-year history and delved into the subjects at the heart of the school: art, culture, life, politics and society, and technology.
The exhibition featured a rich array of painting, sculpture, design, architecture, film, photography, textiles, ceramics, theatre and installation. Exemplar works from such Bauhaus Masters as Josef and Anni Albers, Marianne Brandt, Marcel Breuer, Walter Gropius, Johannes Itten, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Hannes Meyer, László Moholy-Nagy, Oskar Schlemmer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Gunta Stölzl, were presented alongside works by lesser-known Bauhaus artists and students.
‘Tracing the trajectory of the radical German art and design school from its founding in Dessau by Walter Gropius in 1919 to its closure in Berlin in 1933, the exhibition Bauhaus: Art as Life is superb‘
‘A thrilling description of a community engaged in an unprecedented artistic and social experiment... It is essential viewing.‘
‘This useful show leads us through Bauhauser paintings, furniture, even puppets, all forged in the years between the darkness of two world wars‘
‘A reminder that permanent achievement – in design and elsewhere – is never a sterile process, but a living conversation between creative minds as they grapple with their materials'‘