Bauhaus – A conceptual model

To commemorate the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the Staatliche Bauhaus, the three Bauhaus institutions in Germany, the Bauhaus Archive Berlin, the Foundation of Weimar Classics and the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, in association with the Museum of Modern Art New York, held an exhibition in summer 2009 in the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. Following its presentation in Berlin, the exhibition was also shown at the Museum of Modern Art New York. The three Bauhaus institutions were working together for the first time since Germany’s reunification.

The joint exhibition and research project presented an opportunity for a scientific reassessment of the historical Bauhaus and its reception to the present day. Curators from the three institutions were working together on the exhibition’s development. The Bauhaus was be analysed from three perspectives: The history of the Bauhaus from 1919 to 1933 were be illustrated by means of a selection of historical objects with most of the exhibits originating from the holdings and collections of the three institutions, supplemented by loans from international museums and collectors. Historical objects of reference facilitated contemplation of the Bauhaus in the National Socialist era, its international dissemination and its commercialisation. The theme of reception and reflection was mainly presented in the large atrium of the Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin. The renowned American artists Christine Hill was commissioned to create a contemporary artistic parenthesis for the exhibition.