Exhibition Picturing Bauhaus: Erich Consemüller’s Photography of the World’s most famous Design School

Frau im Stahlrohrsessel von Marcel Breuer, 1926 Frau im Stahlrohrsessel von Marcel Breuer (Lis Beyer oder Ise Gropius), Maske von Oskar Schlemmer, Kleid von Lis Beyer, Fotografie von Erich Consemüller, 1926 © Stephan Consemüller; Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Schenkung Wulf Herzogenrath, Berlin

Wed, 10.04.2019 -
Fri, 31.05.2019

Goethe-Gallery & Black Box Studio

14/F Hong Kong Arts Centre
No.2 Harbour Road

Historical Photographs óf Life and Work at Bauhaus from the Klassik Stiftung Weimar

Exhibition opening on April 10, 2019 (Wed) at 7:00pm

Opening Hours:
10:00am - 8:30pm (Mon - Fri)
13:00am - 6:00pm (Sat)

The great anniversary of the Bauhaus was the occasion for an exhibition by the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, which is now being shown in Hong Kong: Photographs by Bauhaus artist Erich Consemüller (1902-1957) provide an informative insight into the world of teachers and students, and show examples of the architecture of school buildings and the products of individual workshops. Bauhaus director Walter Gropius had entrusted Consemüller with this important task. Around 300 photographs were thus taken in 1926/27. They served the school's self-portrayal and, in this context, were an important component of institutional public relations work.

Marianne Brandt. Kaffeeservice, vierteilig, 1926 Marianne Brandt. Kaffeeservice, vierteilig, 1926. Fotografie von Erich Consemüller, um 1927 © Stephan Consemüller; Klassik Stiftung Weimar. Erwerbung ermöglicht durch Alfred Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung. Some of the photographs by Erich Consemüller, on permanent loan from a Berlin private collection, are also dedicated to works from the workshops and the preliminary course at the early Bauhaus in Weimar.

Further pictures from the Consemüller Collection will be shown in two parallel exhibitions:
  • School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong
    Opening: March 27, 6–8 PM
    Opening Hours: March 28–April 24, 11AM–6PM Daily
    Address: 9/F, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, 18 Tat Hong Avenue, Kowloon Tong
  • University Museum and Art Gallery, The University of Hong Kong
    Opening: April 11, 5–6:30 PM
    Opening Hours: April 12 – July 21, 9:30AM–6:00PM (Mon-Sat), 1PM-6PM (Sun), closed on public and university holidays
    Address: 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam, Hong Kong
Courtesy Dr. Stephan Consemüller
Klassik Stiftung Weimar. Donation by Wulf Herzogenrath bzw Klassik Stiftung Weimar. Acquisition made possible by Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Stiftung.

Oskar Schlemmer, Kastenspiel, 1927; Szenenfoto mit Werner Siedhoff und Wolfgang Hildebrandt (hinten). Oskar Schlemmer, Kastenspiel, 1927; Szenenfoto mit Werner Siedhoff und Wolfgang Hildebrandt (hinten) Fotografie von Erich Consemüller, um 1927 © Stephan Consemüller ; Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Zustiftung Wulf Herzogenrath, Berlin Around the exhibition: Experience Bauhaus at close quarters

The exhibition at Goethe Gallery is complemented by the VR installation Virtual Bauhaus, in which workshops and buildings of the Bauhaus can be explored virtually, and by some ensembles of Bauhaus furniture provided by the Thonet company: Take a seat in the Bauhaus Salon! Or would you like to slip into a costume of Oscar Schlemmer's "Triadic Ballet" and photograph yourself as part of a Bauhaus performance? Be Bauhaus! is the motto of this action.

On three Bauhaus Adventure Days in April, you can also learn interesting things about the Bauhaus from our Bauhaus ambassadors: Students of the School of Creative Media will give personal insights into the everyday life of Bauhaus students, play Bauhaus memory or assemble the Bauhaus ship with you, a wooden toy boat designed by Alma Siedhoff-Buscher, which was one of the most successful Bauhaus products.

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