October 10–November 8, 2019
Opening reception: October 10, 2019 at AIA SF
Panel discussion October 11, 2019 at MCD
In partnership with AIA San Francisco and the Goethe Institut, and developed by the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin, bauhaus.photo presents 100 key works from the world’s largest collection of Bauhaus photography, which will be distributed between AIASF and the Museum of Craft and Design.
Portrait, architectural and product photography depict life at the Bauhaus and provide visitors with an extensive overview of the artistically diverse photography at the Bauhaus. The internationality of the Bauhaus’s students and teachers contributed to the fact that parallels to contemporary avant-garde photography–from Surrealism and Dadaism to the New Vision and New Objectivity – simultaneously developed there.
The exhibition presents classic works by Lucia Moholy, László Moholy-Nagy, and T. Lux Feininger as well as images by less popular photographers like Kattina Both, Irene Bayer and Max Peiffer Watenpfuhl and a few superb works by entirely unknown artists. Their photos use dynamic diagonals, extreme perspectives and refined tricks to visualize the experimental and professional approach to the medium of photography at the Bauhaus. The image these pictures convey of life at one of the 20th century’s most important art schools still remains fascinating.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a 144-page, richly illustrated catalog in English and German. The exhibition bauhaus.photo is touring throughout the USA as a part of the “Year of German-American Friendship,” a comprehensive and collaborative initiative funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, implemented by the Goethe-Institut, and with support of the Federation of German Industries (BDI).