2 Mar 2024
“It's too beautiful here! Every time of day is a different experience with the light, the position of the sun outside on the terraces […]. On the long balcony of the south-facing room, you can take a walk in the early morning sun, like on the promenade deck of an ocean liner.”
As one of the famous master houses designed by Walter Gropius, Haus Feininger is primarily known as the home and studio of Bauhaus master Lyonel Feininger. However, from 1926 to 1933, his entire family was artistically active there alongside him: his wife Julia, his sons Andreas, Laurence and T. Lux Feininger as well as Lore Feininger, Lyonel’s daughter from his first marriage, and Gertrud Wysse Hägg-Feininger, who married his son Andreas in 1933.
Lux Feininger captured his family’s Bauhaus life in numerous photographs. In the exhibition, they correspond with excerpts from family letters, read by son Conrad Feininger, who moved to Dessau from Washington D.C. in 2022 after 40 years as an actor. In videos on the life and art of the Feininger family, his voice brings Julia Feininger’s fairytale-like stage puppets and collages to life, as do the stage masks T. Lux Feininger reconstructed especially for the exhibition and the reproductions of the furniture designed by Andreas Feininger for the dining room in 1925/1926.
A Bauhaus paperback will be published by Spector Books, Leipzig, to accompany the exhibition.