Pressemitteilung vom 26.02.2019

bauhaus imaginista

bauhaus imaginista | 100 Years of Now

Mar 15-Jun 10, 2019
Opening: Mar 14, 2019, 7pm

political imaginista: Mar 16, 2019, 2-9.30pm
A New School : May 11-12, 2019

Press conference and tour: Thursday, Mar 14, 2019, 11am-1pm

bauhaus imaginista is a narrative of the international histories of the Bauhaus. After its founding in 1919 the school was in contact with other avant-garde movements worldwide. Since March 2018, the research project has been tracing transnational relations, correspondences and narratives of migration going beyond the years the Bauhaus was active as a school and revealing its significance for the present-day. Now bauhaus imaginista culminates with an expanded overview at HKW. Its global interconnections and local manifestations have never been shown in this magnitude before.

The title bauhaus imaginista hints at the imaginative possibilities that were opened up by the Bauhaus and the multilayered interpretations that the term still denotes today. Between archival materials and contemporary contributions, the project translates historical perspectives into contemporary questions: How might culture be reimagined in the spirit of the Bauhaus as a social project today? What kinds of institutions would such a project need? And in what ways does the Bauhaus still stimulate visionary practices and discourses today?

The exhibition discusses avant-garde art schools in India and Japan as parallel histories of modern educational reforms. It traces the study of pre-modern crafts at the Bauhaus and by Bauhaus students in North and Central American exile as well as their politicization in post-revolutionary Mexico, independent Morocco and Brazil. It shows translations of Bauhaus design approaches in China, Nigeria and the Soviet Union, but also the innovative use of media at the Bauhaus, which impacts art and pop culture even today.

Following exhibitions, symposia and workshops in 2018 in Rabat, Hangzhou, Kyoto and Tokyo, São Paulo, Lagos, Delhi, New York and Moscow in collaboration with the Goethe-Instituts and local partners, the first three chapters of the exhibition and research project will be brought together at HKW and, for the first time, the fourth and final chapter will be shown. Still Undead explores experimental work with light, film, photography and sound based on Kurt Schwerdtfeger’s Reflecting Color-Light-Play. The apparatus will be demonstrated at the opening of bauhaus imaginista.

With works by Anni Albers, Josef Albers, Arthur Amora, Gertrud Arndt, Ruth Asawa, Kader Attia, Lena Bergner, Lina Bo Bardi, Farid Belkahia, Susie Benally, Nandalal Bose, Mohamed Chabâa, Ahmed Cherkaoui, Lygia Clark, Alice Creischer, Muriel Cooper, Zvi Efrat, T. Lux Feininger, Luca Frei, Walter Gropius, Brion Gysin und Ian Sommerville, Trude Guermonprez, Sheila Hicks, George Hinchliffe and Ian Wood, Kenneth Josephson, Renchinchirō Kawakita, György Kepes, Paul Klee, Kurt Kranz, Otto Lindig, Elisa Martins da Silveira, Doreen Mende, Hannes Meyer, Takehiko Mizutani, László Moholy-Nagy, Max Peiffer Watenphul, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Hélio Oiticica, The Otolith Group, Nam June Paik, Lygia Pape, I. M. Pei, Margaretha Reichardt, Geraldo Sarno, Oskar Schlemmer, Kurt Schwerdtfeger, Ivan Serpa, Arieh Sharon,Soft Cell, Rabindranath Tagore, Paulo Tavares, Lenore Tawney, Frank Tovey, Edith Tudor-Hart, Stan VanDerBeek, Andy Warhol, Marguerite Wildenhain, Margarete Willers, Iwao and Michiko Yamawakim, and many more

Two conferences will survey the critical potentials of the Bauhaus today: On March 16, political imaginista will discuss strategies of resistance against the neo-right as well as questions of Internationalism, cultural appropriation and the politicization of art, technology and pop culture.

With Kader Attia, Rustom Bharucha, John R. Blakinger, Beatriz Colomina, Alice Creischer, Iris Dressler, Kodwo Eshun, Thomas Flierl, Christian Hiller, Nataša Ilić, Susanne Leeb, Sebastian de Line, Doreen Mende, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Gloria Sutton, Mariko Takagi, and Paulo Tavares

The second conference on May 11-12, A New School, discusses the Bauhaus based on examples from China, India, Morocco, Nigeria and the United States in the context of the development of experimental educational practices across boundaries of time and space.

bauhaus imaginista is curated by Marion von Osten and Grant Watson in collaboration with the researchers Elissa Auther, Suchitra Balasubrahmanyan, Regina Bittner, Gavin Butt, Helena Čapková, Anshuman Dasgupta, Tatiana Efrussi, Thomas Flierl, Erin Alexa Freedman, Anja Guttenberger, Christian Hiller, Yuko Ikeda, Maud Houssais, Eduard Kögel, Toni Maraini, Mariana Meneses, Jin Motohashi, Partha Mitter, Luiza Proença, Daniel Talesnik, and Hiromitsu Umemyia

Exhibition design: Kooperative für Darstellungspolitik (Berlin)

The exhibition will be accompanied by guided tours for adults and families, a free DIY audio guide, a Students’ Day (May 18) and a vacation workshop (Apr 15-18). On the Long Night of Ideas (Jun 6), guided tours will be held in sign language and for the blind and visually impaired. A school project with four Berlin schools called bauhaus reloaded offers further insights.

Concurrent with the opening of bauhaus imaginista at HKW, Thames & Hudson will publish a catalog edited by Marion von Osten and Grant Watson. The German version will be published by Scheidegger & Spiess.

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bauhaus imaginista is a collaboration between the Bauhaus Cooperation Berlin Dessau Weimar, the Goethe-Institut and Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW). The research project with its different exhibition stations is taking place for the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus. It will be enhanced with international perspectives of the Goethe-Institutes and tied together as part of 100 Years of Now in Berlin at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. bauhaus imaginista is made possible by funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. The German Federal Cultural Foundation is supporting the exhibition in Berlin and the German Foreign Office the stations abroad. Media partners are 3sat, Deutschlandfunk Kultur and others. bauhaus imaginista is realized in collaboration with the China Design Museum / China Academy of Art (Hangzhou) (Hangzhou), the Independent Administrative Institution of National Museum of Art / The National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow) and SESC São Paulo. Partners abroad are the Goethe-Instituts in China, New Delhi, Lagos, Moscow, New York, Rabat, São Paulo, and Tokyo as well as Le Cube – independent art room (Rabat) and other institutions.

Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern will showcase the HKW exhibition of bauhaus imaginista from September 20, 2019 to January 12, 2020. Nottingham Contemporary will show bauhaus imaginista: Still Undead from September 21, 2019 to January 5, 2020.

The school project bauhaus reloaded is funded by the Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung.

Haus der Kulturen der Welt is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as well as by the Federal Foreign Office.

Press contact:
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Anne Maier
Head of Press
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin
030.39787 153/196