Bauhaus. The Art of the Students.

  • Exhibition extended til March 15th 2015, daily open
  • Patron: Dr. Rainer Haseloff, Primier of German State Saxony-Anhalt
  • October 8th 2014 – March 1st 2015, Monday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm
  • Tickets: 7,50 Euro / 4,50 Euro (reduced)

The exhibition “Bauhaus: The Art of the Students – Works from the Collection of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation” comprehensively examines, for the first time, the role of the Bauhaus as an artistic educational establishment. The students of the Bauhaus have left their mark around the world – and the exhibition at the Bauhaus Dessau traces them and reveals the variegated impact of the Bauhaus as an artistic incubator. On display are never-before exhibited or rarely shown drawings, paintings, collages and sculptures by 63 artists. The 159 works come mainly from the foundation’s collection, augmented by loans from descendants of the Bauhaus students. The show is a collaborative project of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and the Remscheid Municipal Gallery, under the auspices of Reiner Haseloff, Minister-President of the State of Saxony-Anhalt, and Hannelore Kraft, Minister-President of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Images: Wolfgang Thöner & Tassilo C. Speler, 2014, Bauhaus Foundation Dessau

The range of exhibited works and artists is diverse: On view are works by the Swiss architect and sculptor Max Bill and the designer Marianne Brandt, among others, along with works by Mordecai Ardon, who, after his emigration, decisively influenced the artistic landscape in Israel, and Werner Drewes, who played an important role as cofounder of the “American Abstract Artists” in the US. The show concentrates on the second generation of students, whose teachers were not only Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee but also Josef Albers and Joost Schmidt, who had themselves already completed training at the Bauhaus. For each of the artists, one early work is presented together with a late work, thus giving insights into their artistic development. The works reflect not only the Bauhaus’s characteristic predilection for constructivism and abstraction, but also the influences of expressionism, cubism and surrealism.

After initially being shown at the municipal gallery in Remscheid, the exhibition can now be seen from October 8th to March 1st, 2015, in expanded form at the Bauhaus building in Dessau. Curator Wolfgang Thöner, Director of the Collection of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, and co-curator Lutz Schöbe, Director of the archive, have augmented the presentation with more than just a thematic introduction to the role of the visual arts in the teachings at the Bauhaus. Additional works that have been entrusted to the foundation by descendants of the Bauhaus students as donations or permanent loans made subsequent to the exhibition in Remscheid are also being shown in a space with a total area of 800 square meters. Thus the number of works presented has increased from 135 to 159, including works from the estates of Rudolf Ortner, Xanti Schawinsky and Corona Krause. Consequently, the exhibition has already expanded the Collection of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, which presently encompasses roughly 40,000 objects, to include significant new exhibits.

An exhibition catalog is published by Hatje Cantz,
German/English, 192 pages (€ 32). For sale online here

Our thanks to all those who have supported the exhibition
with donations and permanent loans, especially Lotto Toto GmbH Sachsen-Anhalt. 

  • Ora Ardon
  • Utz Brocksieper
  • Hermann Famulla
  • Uta Gautel
  • Heiner Imkamp
  • Dr. Walter M. Keller
  • Ruth Kosterlitz-Rider
  • Simone Muller-Petitpierre
  • Monika Ortner-Bach
  • Margot Reichle
  • Daniel Schawinsky

Thanks to the exhibition design team of Stefan Haslbeck, Munich.

August Agatz, Walter Allner, Mordecai Ardon, Theo Balden, Eugen Batz, Johannes Berthold, Max Bill, Erich Borchert, Marianne Brandt, Heinrich Brocksieper, Roman Clemens, Erich Comeriner, Friedl Dicker, Werner Drewes, Franz Ehrlich, Max Enderlin, Martha Erps, Werner Gilles, Werner Graeff, Leo Grewenig, Georg Hartmann, Karl Herrmann Haupt, Albert Hennig, Johann Karl Herrmann, Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack, Otto Hofmann, Wilhelm Imkamp, Peter Keler, Ida Kerkovius, Claire Wagner Kosterlitz, Walter Köppe, Kurt Kranz, Erich Krause, Corona Krause, Hermann Werner Kubsch, Fritz Kuhr, Margarete Leiteritz, Jean Leppien, Fritz Levedag, Heinz Loew, Wilhelm Löber, Rudolf Lutz, Carl Marx, Erich Mende, Heinrich Neuy, Rudolf Ortner, Gyula Pap, Rudolf Paris, Petra Petitpierre, Henri Pfeiffer, Margaretha Reichardt, Paul Reichle, Karl Peter Röhl, Hajo Rose, Reinhold Rossig, Xanti Schawinsky, Oskar Schepp, Fritz Schleifer, Kurt Schmidt, Irmgard Sörensen-Popitz, Franz Wildenhain, Fritz Winter