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Group Exhibition

»Bauhaus and Photography.
On Neues Sehen in Contemporary Art«

Curated by Kris Scholz, Kai-Uwe Hemken and Christoph Schaden
Film program: Thomas Tode. Kunstbibliothek image selection: Christine Kühn

To mark the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus, this exhibition opens up a dialogue between contemporary art and the photographic avant-garde of the 1930s.

The Bauhaus is not just a key figure in the history of twentieth-century design and art, but also of photography. How are the innovations that were made then still influencing the evolution of the visual language of today’s photography and contemporary aesthetic concepts? What role does the photographic avant-garde of circa 1930 play for contemporary artists? This exhibition juxtaposes works by artists such as László Moholy-Nagy, Lucia Moholy, Man Ray, Jan Tschichold, Hedda Walther, Florence Henri, Hans Robertson and Erich Consemüller with groups of works by Thomas Ruff, Dominique Teufen, Daniel T. Braun, Wolfgang Tillmans, Doug Fogelson, Max de Esteban, Viviane Sassen, Stephanie Seufert, Kris Scholz, Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, Antje Hanebeck and Douglas Gordon.

The historical reference point of the exhibition is the Werkbund exhibition Film and Photo, which was shown in Stuttgart, Berlin and Zurich, among other locations in 1929/30. The Berlin leg was put together by the Kunstbibliothek. The Hungarian artist László Moholy-Nagy (1895–1946), who had already made a name for himself with his experimental photographic works, curated one room on the history of photography, and one on the future. The Bauhaus artist was interested in conducting a systematic investigation of Neues Sehen (New Vision) in photography. The historical exhibition, which functioned as a kind of manifesto, intervening in the debates of the time around the position of photography in the hierarchy of art, is reconstructed virtually with over 300 exhibits. Additionally, there will be a recreation of part of the Berlin exhibition. The reconstruction of the original exhibition design will be complemented by numerous vintage prints from the holdings of the Kunstbibliothek and a presentation of films from the 1920s. In combination with photographic works by contemporary artists, the exhibition opens up a dialogue between this historical event and the present moment.

Erich Consemüller, Bauhausbühne Dessau: Vorhangspiel von Oskar Schlemmer mit dem Tänzer und Pantomimen Werner Siedhoff, 1927 Silbergelatinepapier © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstbibliothek © Stephan Consemüller
László Moholy-Nagy, Fotogramm (Fotogramm mit Eiffelturm), um 1925 / 1928–1929 Reproduktion des Künstlers von Unikat, Silbergelatinepapier © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstbibliothek
Florence Henri, o.T. (Komposition mit Teller und Spiegel), 1929 oder früher Silbergelatinepapier © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstbibliothek © Florence Henri © Galleria Martini & Ronchetti, courtesy Archives Florence Henri
Antje Hanebeck, CaSO4•2 H2O 46, 2018, Pigmentdruck, Courtesy Antje Hanebeck © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019
Max de Esteban, HEADS WILL ROLL: Geographies of Permanent Emergency, 2014 Tintenstrahldruck, Courtesy Max de Esteban © Max de Esteban
Doug Fogelson, Forms and Records No. 11, 2014 Fotogramm, Silbergelatinepapier Courtesy Doug Fogelson © Doug Fogelson
Dominique Teufen, Flashlight Sculpture #3, 2013 Farbabzug, Courtesy Christophe Guye Galerie, Zürich © Dominique Teufen
Vivianne Sassen, Red Vlei, 2014, Farbabzug, Courtesy Vivianne Sassen © Vivianne Sassen
T. Lux Feininger, Bauhausbühne Dessau: Lichtspiel von Oskar Schlemmer mit dem Tänzer und Pantomimen Werner Siedhoff, 1928 Silbergelatinepapier © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstbibliothek © Estate of T. Lux Feininger
Willi Ruge, Selbstbildnis aus der Regenwurm-Perspektive, ca. 1927 Silbergelatinepapier © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstbibliothek © Erbengemeinschaft Ruge
Stefanie Seufert, owers Option #2, Just Yellow, Atlas Grey, Dark Aubergine, 2016 Fotogramm / Farbpapier, Courtesy Stefanie Seufert © Stefanie Seufert
Jan Tschichold (Entwurf), Laster der Menschheit, 1927, Plakat (Raster- und Tiefdruck) © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstbibliothek © Familie Tschichold
Man Ray, Rayografie, 1921–1928, Fotogramm, Silbergelatinepapier, Abzug 1963 © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstbibliothek © Man Ray Trust, Paris / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019

Students from the design department at the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences and the faculty of design at Nuremberg Tech offer a glimpse into the future, presenting their own forward-looking designs, which also incorporate digital media.

The show is part of the centenary programme 100 Years of the Bauhaus.

A special exhibition by the Kunstbibliothek – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, in cooperation with the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf and Kunsthalle Darmstadt, supported by the Federal Cultural Foundation’s Bauhaus Today Fund, the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, the Hessen State Ministry for Higher Education, Research and the Arts, and the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences.

Framework program

Kulturforum Academy: lectures on art and culture
Akademie | Vortragsreihe V 17
Das Bauhaus und der künstlerische Aufbruch in die Moderne

4 dates: Thursdays (11 am – 12:30 pm), May 16 & 23, June 6 & 13, 2019
Language: German
Fee: 20 €
Details

»Neues Sehen – 100 Jahre Bauhaus«
Guided tours (held in German): Sundays, 4 – 5 pm, on
May 12 & 26, June 9 & 23, July 14 & 28, August 11 & 25, 2019
Details

Read more about the exhibition & additional framework events: www.smb.museum/mf

Museum für Fotografie – Kunstbibliothek – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (SMB)
Museum für Fotografie – Kunstbibliothek – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (SMB)

Apr 11 — Aug 25, 2019
Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 10, 7 pm
Framework program: please see above

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