Exhibition The Whole World a Bauhaus

Grete Reichhard Webprobe © Foto: A. Körner, bildhübsche Fotografie, Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen

Sat, 02/23/2019 -
Sat, 04/20/2019

Elmhurst Art Museum

McCormick House
150 Cottage Hill Ave.
Elmhurst, IL

Unknown Designer, Structured cloth pattern “Semmering” no. 187 from a pattern book with Bauhaus textiles, 1928–31, wool

100 Years of Bauhaus

Due to unforeseen shipment delays, The Whole World a Bauhaus will now open on Feb. 23.
We hope you will join us for the new site-specific installations by Assaf Evron & Claudia Weber opening Feb. 16 with a lecture about the "Bauhaus and the USA" by scholar Margret Kentgens-Craig.

This internationally traveling exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus, a legendary German school that revolutionized the parameters of art, the crafts, and technology. While it existed for only 14 short years (1919-1933), its influence shaped modern thinking and artistic approaches to industrialization. Bauhaus instructors included some of the most famous Modern artists and architects including Mies van der Rohe, Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky, Josef and Anni Albers, Paul Klee, Lily Reich, and more. Many of the influential figures and others involved at the Bauhaus left Germany and spread the school’s lessons internationally. The exhibition The Whole World a Bauhaus, titled after a quote by student and teacher Fritz Kuhr, includes art and design pieces by select instructors and students as well as photographs and documents that convey the spirit of the Bauhaus. One hundred years after its founding, the modern ideals of the school spread the globe and are still integrated in today’s interdisciplinary approaches to the arts.

Koga IfA - Bauhaus The Whole World a Bauhaus is divided into eight different chapters, each focusing on an aspect of work and life at the Bauhaus during its operation: Art, Crafts, and Technology; Floating; Community; Encounters; The Total Work of Art; New Man; Radical Pedagogy; and Experiment. These sections highlight the work students did in their revolutionary workshops with industrial materials and processes, the school’s major impact on the international avant-garde, and how the students and instructors sought to rethink their world.

Stuhl Kufen © IfA - Bauhaus The Elmhurst Art Museum is the only U.S. venue of the traveling exhibition The Whole World a Bauhaus curated by Boris Friedewald.

Additional Events:

Saturday, February 16 | 1:30 PM
Scholar Talk or Exhibition Curator Tour
Free with museum admission or museum membership

Saturday, February 23 | 1-4 PM
Family Day Workshop
Free with museum admission or museum membership

Saturday, March 30
Community Event: Oral Histories of the McCormick House 

Sunday, April 7
Scholar Talk: Dr. Regina Bittner
Free with museum admission or museum membership

For a complete list of public programs please click
The Elmhurst Art Museum is the only U.S. venue of the touring exhibition The Whole World a Bauhaus curated by Boris Friedewald.

This exhibition is part of the Year of German-American Friendship initiated by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe-Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI).