Although it is probably fair to say that today Bauhaus is best remembered for its architects and designers, art played a central role in the institution’s programme.
Albeit a central role which today is often over shadowed by the legacy of those artists who taught at Bauhaus.
To rectify this situation the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau are presenting “Bauhaus. The Art of the Student”, an exhibition which explores both Bauhaus’ importance as an art college and also looks beyond the likes of Lyonel Feininger, Paul Klee, Josef Albers or Joost Schmidt to investigate the role played by the college’s students in the development of 20th century art.
Presenting 155 works by 63 artists “Bauhaus. The Art of the Student” concentrates on the second generation of Bauhaus students – so largely those who joined or were predominately based at Dessau – and in addition to presenting works by well know Bauhaus graduates such as Max Bill, Mordecai Ardon or Marianne Brandt, also features works by less well known, but no less relevant, artists including Rudolf Ortner, Fritz Kuhr or Corona Krause.
Originally presented at the Städtischen Galerie Remscheid near Cologne, for the Dessau show the exhibition has been expanded not only by 20 new works but also a new thematic introductory section on the role of art in the Bauhaus education plan thus creating what the curators promise is the most complete and in-depth exploration of Bauhaus as an art school ever presented.
“Bauhaus. The Art of the Students. Works from the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau Collection” runs at Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Gropiusallee 38, 06846 Dessau-Roßlau from Wednesday October 8th until Sunday March 1st 2015.