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When: Thursday, October 10, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: United States

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OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, October 10 | 6:00 - 8:00 PM


On the 100-year anniversary of the Bauhaus school’s opening in Weimar, Germany, American Institute of Architects, San Francisco (AIASF), Center for Architecture + Design and the Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) are pleased to present, a traveling exhibition, developed by the Bauhaus-Archiv/Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin, in partnership the Goethe Institut San presents 100 key works from the world’s largest collection of Bauhaus photography, which is comprised of more than 70,000 images.

100 photographic reprints presented at the partnering venues will display the wide variety of ways in which photography was used to document and foster creativity at the Bauhaus. Categorized into four themes – life at the Bauhaus (celebrations/performances, everyday life/leisure, and life in the workshops), portraits, architectural and product photography, as well as images from the Bauhaus’ only photography course, headed by Walter Peterhans – these prints provide an extensive overview of the artistically diverse Bauhaus campus. AIASF will showcase the majority of the photographs spanning all four themes in the Center for Architecture + Design gallery. Additionally, in their front galleries, the Museum of Craft and Design will feature 30 photographs focusing on design objects, weaving workshops, and product photography.

The exhibition presents classic works by Lucia Moholy, László Moholy-Nagy, and T. Lux Feininger as well as images by lesser-known photographers like Kattina Both, Irene Bayer and Max Peiffer Watenpfuhl. Their photos use dynamic diagonals, extreme perspectives, and refined tricks to visualize the experimental and professional approach to the medium of photography at the Bauhaus. Such images convey life at one of the 20th century’s most important art schools.

The works of Bauhaus students and teachers helped lead to the simultaneous development of contemporary avant-garde photography, from Surrealism and Dadaism to the New Vision and New Objectivity.

The exhibition is part of Wunderbar Together: The Year of German-American Friendship 2018/19, a comprehensive and collaborative initiative funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, implemented by the Goethe-Institut and with support from the Federation of German Industries (BDI).

Images: Lucia Moholy, photographyz, Portrait of László Moholy-Nagy, 1925-1926. Copyright: Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin; Unknown photographer, Bauhaus lettering on the Bauhaus building, 1930. Copyright: Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin; Unknown photographer, Bauhaus masters on the roof of the Bauhaus in Dessau (Marcel Breuer, Gunta Stölzl, OskarSchlemmer, Wassily Kandinsky, Walter Gropius, Herber Bayer), c. 1926. Copyright: Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin