Bauhaus100 (re)imagined is running until October 27th at the Ottawa Art Gallery.
2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus School of design, architecture, and applied arts. The Bauhaus was founded in 1919 in the city of Weimar by German architect Walter Gropius.
Its core objective was a radical concept: to reimagine the material world to reflect the unity of all the arts.
The Bauhaus was only active for 14 years: as the “State Bauhaus” in Weimar (1919-1925), as a “school of design” in Dessau (1925-1932) and as a private education institute in Berlin (1932-1933). It evolved out of the arts and crafts movement and art school reforms. Its ideas had an impact well beyond the school itself, its locations and its time.
During the turbulent and often dangerous years of World War II, many of the key figures of the Bauhaus emigrated to North America, where their work and their teaching philosophies influenced generations of young architects and designers. Some of the most notable Bauhauslers include: László Moholy-Nagy, Marcel Breuer, Paul Klee and Vasily Kandinsky.
Bauhaus 100 – (re)imagined was curated by Ottawa based artist and curator, Dr. Cindy Stelmackowich, and consists of three major components.
Photographic exhibit “Seen by Stefan Berg”
When the Bauhaus moved from Weimar to Dessau, Gropius designed a new building to house the school. This building contained many features that later became hallmarks of modernist architecture and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. It now houses the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.
Contemporary Bauhaus-inspired furniture by EQ3
Demonstrating how the Bauhaus movement remains relevant today, Canadian retailer EQ3 showcases home furnishings that reflect the powerful design language of the school of thought. Each grouping – upholstered items, lighting, tables, accessories – addresses a particular connection to Bauhaus design. The Chiara chair, for example, was created by German designer Mykilos whose founders are graduates of Bauhaus University.
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