A rare trip on the tube the other day led me to a delight, after spying a poster advertising a new exhibition at the Barbican Centre. In May they will be hosting a celebration of the Bauhaus movement and showing works from (amongst others) Josef and Anni Albers, Marianne Brandt, Marcel Breuer, Walter Gropius, Johannes Itten, Hannes Meyer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Apparently they will also be holding talks and workshops, I’ll have to get myself down there.
The Bauhaus school plays an essential role in the development of design as we know it, helping to show that mass-production did not eradicate art. Beauty could be found in the simplest of designs, in a contrast to the detail heavy eras that preceded it like the Arts & Crafts movement. The fundamental idea was that art, craft, and technology could be combined as one, and that the introduction of machinery into the process was a postive step. This helped to pave the way for the modern concepts of industrial and product design, which we now take for granted. I can’t imagine a better building to showcase it than the Barbican Centre, itself an iconic piece of architecture. Can’t wait!
Images from the Bauhaus Centre, Tel Aviv
Image from Peggy Moffit
Images from All My Eyes