Bauhaus: Art as Life
Exploring the world’s most famous modern art and design school, Bauhaus: Art as Life at the Barbican is the biggest Bauhaus exhibition in the UK for over 40 years. A driving force in modernism, the Bauhaus sought to change society in the aftermath of World War I and find a new way of living. The exhibition presents the pioneering and diverse artistic production that makes up the school’s turbulent fourteen year history from 1919 to 1933. It delves into the subjects at the heart of the Bauhaus – art, design, people, society and culture.
Bringing together more than 400 works, the show features a rich array of painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, photography, furniture, graphics, product design, theatre, architecture and film. Some of our favourite objects included a ceramic coffee ‘machine’, puppets made by Paul Klee for his son Felix, glorious textiles by Gunta Stölzl, paintings and prints by Wassily Kandinsky, and furniture by Josef Albers and Marcel Breuer.
Award-winning architects Carmody Groarke, with graphic designers APFEL, have designed the exhibition using the Bauhaus’ own principles of colour, structure and typography. Loosely chronological and arranged thematically, the exhibition celebrates the life and spirit of the Bauhaus – one that is characterised by experimentation, collaboration and play. Go see!
Barbican Art Gallery, 3 May – 12 August 2012