Open Studio Tokyo
Substances of colour
Vassily Kandinsky's concepts of Bauhaus design education
23–25 March 2017
The three days studio was re-addressing Bauhaus teaching concepts of Vassily Kandinsky in the context of a Bauhaus design education essentially based on a renewed understanding of arts and crafts. In his teaching and his art works Kandinsky manifested a path of modernist abstraction which allowed to discover and explore colour as material and substance with unique qualities and meanings beyond functions of representation in illusionistic paintings. According to this view of Kandinsky on colour as substance, than all other kinds of design material could be regarded also as materials with special values.
Kandinsky's teaching in the Preliminary Course was compulsory for new students from 1922 to 1930. The analytical drawing instruction based on the shapes of circle, square, triangle and rhombus and has been an essential part of the Bauhaus’s design-oriented teaching work. Kandinsky‘s colour seminar was part of the introduction to the ‘abstract form elements’ class and into the relationship of colour to form. Together the courses were intended to enable the students to perceive and interpret colour and shape and to undertake abstraction as the basis for independent synthetic design.
An essential example to be explored in the studio was the form and colour study „Still Life“ (1928) of the Bauhaus Student Erich Mende. Based on this analysis the students oft he Kuwasawa Design School focused on a scene from Kandinsky´s stage composition „violet“ (1914/1927) to create an adaptation as a short performance about the abstract synthesis of colours and forms in substantial motion.
Kuwasawa Design School Tokyo
Asuka Kawabata (Kuwasawa Design School Tokyo)
Aki Toyoshima (Kuwasawa Design School Tokyo)
Makoto Shindo (Paul Klee Society Japan)
Linda Pense, Leipzig, Germany
Torsten Blume (Bauhaus Dessau Foundation)