On Saturday, before going to the theatre I went to see the Bauhaus exhibition in the Barbican Gallery. The number of originals that they have there is amazing, more than 400 originals ion display. I saw one exhibition in Buenos Aires about Bauhaus, but this one is much more complete.
According to the head of the gallery, this is the largest UK Bauhaus exhibition since that of the Royal Academy in 1967, and the first ever to collaborate with all three Bauhaus centres in Germany – Weimar, Dessau, and Berlin – which has only become possible since the reunification of 1990.
Bauhaus was a German School of Design that opened in Weimar in 1918 and was closed under the Nazi Regime Government in 1933. It had 3 directors with different points of view, the first one was Walter Gropius, the second one was Meyer, and the third one Mies van der Rohe. If you study Art, Design or arquitecture, there is no way you don’t know about the work of this school.
Based on geometry and simple lines, the idea of mass production, in the aftermath of Germany the First World War, was a number one priority for the members of this school, in order to help get Germany on it’s feet again.
If you look at these objects with ‘2012’ eyes, the objects still appear so modern and have influenced so much of what you find in the market today.
It is fantastic that they included in the exhibition several examples of the Preliminary Course directed by Itten so you can see the his expressionist influence, even though it didn’t marry with the spirit that Gropius envisaged for the school. And you can see that in the objects – they were impossible to reproduce.
Catalogues, prints of Albers, typography studies, furniture, photography of Moholy-Nagy, puppets made by Paul Klee for his son, wall hanging textiles of Gunta Stölzl, Bayer´s poster for Kandinsky 60th birthday, teapots of Marianne Brandt, lamps of Wilhelm Wagenfeld. Everything I´ve been studying for years and years, finally I have it in front of my eyes in the same room. It was like a dream come true.
This exhibition will be on until August 12th at the Barbican Gallery, London.