A legacy of migration and modernism in Brisbane
Bauhaus Now: art+design+architecture
explores the legacy of the famous Weimar Bauhaus art school by highlighting its visionary collectivist ideals and range of radical practices in art, design and architecture.
Founded in 1919 in the German city of Weimar, the Bauhaus school was adversely affected by the Second World War. In 1932 the school moved to Berlin where it was permanently closed by the Nazis, forcing many of its students to flee Europe in search of refuge from war and fascism. Many of those refugees were active in arts education. Through these exiles and internees, educational ideas filtered into Australia that revealed the influence of the Bauhaus.
The exhibition is curated by Andrew McNamara
will focus on the Bauhaus legacy in Australia and Brisbane in particular through the works of European émigrés who were instrumental to the development of modernism Australian cities.
Key Bauhaus ideas will be explored through contemporary and original works, including the role of light and colour play as a form of education.
The exhibition will also show how the legacy of these powerful ideas is being re-interpreted today.
The impressive list of artists include
: Grit Kallin-Fischer, Paul Klee, Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack, Frank Hinder, Harry Seidler, Christopher Handran, Erwin Fabian, Karl Langer, Gertrude Langer, George Teltscher, Gwendolyn Grant, Francis Lymburner, Normana Wight, Josef Albers, El Lissitzky, Marianne Brandt, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Stan Ostoja-Kotkowski, Vassily Kandinsky, Udo Sellbach, Laurence Collinson, Laurence Hope, Michael Candy, Eleonore Lange, Paul Bai.
Goethe-Institut is delighted to support this exhibition with a selection of films about the Bauhaus.
Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack (Frankfurt, Germany 1893 - 1965), (untitled) 1959, watercolour over monotype on paper. | Photo: Carl Warner. Gift of Olive Hirschfeld 1976, collection of The University of Queensland, courtesy the artist's estate