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October 17 - November 14, 2009

The Bauhaus 1919-1933


Opening Reception
Saturday, October 17, 2009 from 5 - 8 PM

This exhibition will feature photography, print making, furniture and decorative arts originating from the historic Bauhaus School of Design. In collaboration with Collage 20th Century Classics the gallery will illustrate how important this institution was to modern art and industry.

The Bauhaus 1919-1933 will not only celebrate a monumental shift in arts, crafts and architecture; it will also tie into the October openings of two stellar buildings in the Dallas Arts District. No doubt that the Bauhaus innovations had some thread of influence over architects Rem Koolhaas and Sir Norman Foster.

The school was founded in Weimar, Germany in 1919, eventually moving to Dessau in 1924, and in 1932 moved to Berlin, finally dissolving in 1933 under pressure from the Nazis. The Bauhaus Directors started with Walter Gropius, one of the Founders of the school. Then Hannes Meyer, and finally Mies van der Rohe became Directors.

Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe and other Bauhaus teachers moved to the U.S. to keep the school's teaching philosophy. The Institute of Design in Chicago brought many important architects, artists, and designers from Europe, continuing the lasting influence of the Bauhaus in America.

The original intent, or manifesto, was to pair modern industry with experimental design. The Bauhaus integrated many of the arts disciplines: theatre, photography, film, architecture, graphic design, textiles, and painting that produced an avant-garde vision of how design can imprint a society.

Included in this exhibition will be photographs taken by well-known Bauhaus students and teachers: Walter Gropius, Herbert Bayer, Gertrude Arndt, Grete Stern, and Franz Roh.

Artists producing prints, decorative arts and furniture include: Josef Albers, Erich Dieckmann, Carl Aubock, Werner Graeff, and Marianne Brandt.

The Museum of Modern Art in New York City will host a Bauhaus survey exhibition this fall, also in conjunction with the 90th anniversary.

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