University of Ife in Ile-Ife, Nigeria | Architects: Arieh Sharon, Eldar Sharon and Harlod Rubin | Photo: © Arieh Sharon digital archive
The bauhaus imaginista series of exhibitions and events highlights the impact and reception of the Bauhaus in the context of major twentieth-century geopolitical changes. The Bauhaus was in contact with institutions in many countries, where it encountered similar movements that had arisen independently of it, and that lent the Bauhaus itself strong stimuli. Realized by the Bauhaus Kooperation, the Goethe-Institut, and Haus der Kulturen der Welt with partner institutions in eight countries, the international exhibition and research project bauhaus imaginista explores these interconnections. Four separately developed exhibitions will be shown at art and design museums, and institutions in, China (April 8 – August 28, 2018, China Design Museum, Hangzhou), Japan (August 4 – October 8, 2018, National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto) Russia (September 11 – November 30, 2018, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow) and Brazil (October 10, 2018 – January 6, 2019, SESC Pompéia São Paulo). The exhibitions are organized together with the local Goethe-Instituts and complemented by events such as workshops and symposia in India, the United States, Morocco, and Nigeria. From March 15 to June 10, 2019, as part of the Bauhaus centenary, the major final exhibition entitled bauhaus imaginista: Still Undead will be shown at HKW.
The curators and artistic directors of bauhaus imaginista Marion von Osten and Grant Watson are developing the project in cooperation with a team of international researchers, artists and designers. bauhaus imaginista focuses on reciprocal dialogue and exchange between the Bauhaus, its students and teachers with non-European Modernisms. The Bauhaus pedagogy and design practice spread worldwide throughout a network, integrated and developed into diverse social and cultural contexts. It corresponded with local art and design movements as well as with processes of decolonization. For the first time on this scale, bauhaus imaginista explores the global history of the Bauhaus, the effects of which continue to this day.
Curated by Marion von Osten and Grant Watson
Part of 100 Years of Now