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April 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus (1919–1933), an architecture and applied art school that moved between the German cities of Weimar, Dessau, and Berlin before it was forced to close by the Nazi government. Find the Bauhaus exhibit at LACMA.

The Bauhaus cannot be summed up by any one place, style, or workshop. Its influence on arts education can still be felt today. Although often associated with its most familiar names, figures like Walter Gropius, László Moholy-Nagy, and Joseph and Anni Albers, the Bauhaus’s reputation is also indebted to the hundreds of women and men who attended the school between 1919 and 1933. 

László Moholy-Nagy Yellow Circle (1921), color forms in Bauhaus style.
László Moholy-Nagy Yellow Circle (1921)

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To celebrate the radical movement’s 100 year anniversary the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has put together an exhibition called The Bauhaus at 100: Modern Legacies which brings together a selection of works from their collection to consider the Bauhaus’s legacy and lasting contribution. 

Josef Albers Homage to the Square, color squares in Bauhaus style.
Josef Albers Homage to the Square

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This exhibition brings together prints, photographs, ceramics, furniture, and examples of graphic design from LACMA’s Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies and Departments of Decorative Arts, Modern Art, Photography, and Prints and Drawings, to consider the Bauhaus’s diverse and complicated legacy and its lasting contributions to modern art, architecture, and design.

Anni Albers: Black White Yellow, color pattern under Bauhaus influence.
Anni Albers: Black White Yellow

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The works on view range from furniture and consumer products, to ceramics, photography, prints and books, as well as the inflationary money designed by during the height of hyperinflation in 1923 and represent all periods of production at the Bauhaus, beginning with Walter Gropius’s Bauhaus Program, also called the “BauhausManifesto,” which is illustrated with a famous woodcut by the American-born artist Lyonel Feininger. 

Cathedral, Lyonel Feininger, April 1919, Bauhaus style.
Cathedral, Lyonel Feininger, April 1919.

In some cases, the works in this exhibition will look and feel familiar. This is a testament to how deeply embedded Bauhaus design is to our understanding of modern culture. But don’t expect aesthetic uniformity. The diversity of works on view reflects the multiplicity of voices at the Bauhaus throughout its 14-year existence—Bauhaus style is plural.

The LACMA exhibition runs from Feb 16–Jun 2, 2019.

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