Bauhaus in Our House

Oskar Schlemmer. <i> Bauhaus Stairway. </i> 1932. Oil on canvas. 63 7/8 x 45" (162.3 x 114.3 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Philip Johnson. © 2009 Estate of Oskar Schlemmer, Munich/Germany
 
Happy Holiday today. But tomorrow, the day after Christmas, may be a good day to go the museum. And If you are a as much of a Bauhaus maven as I am (and who isn’t?), you will be in awe of the current exhibition at MoMA. Bauhaus 1919 -1933: Workshops for Modernity (until January 25, 2010) curated by Barry Bergdoll and Leah Dickerman, is the most inclusive exhibition since the landmark 1938 Alfred Barr exhibit at MoMA. As the catalog notes:
 
“The exhibition gathers over four hundred works that reflect the broad
range of the school’s productions, including industrial design,
furniture, architecture, graphics, photography, textiles, ceramics,
theater design, painting, and sculpture, many of which have never
before been exhibited in the United States. It includes not only works
by the school’s famous faculty and best-known students—including Anni
Albers, Josef Albers, Herbert Bayer, Marianne Brandt, Marcel Breuer,
Lyonel Feininger, Walter Gropius, Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, László
Moholy-Nagy, Lucia Moholy, Lilly Reich, Oskar Schlemmer, and Gunta
Stölzl—but also a broad range of works by innovative but less
well-known students, suggesting the collective nature of ideas.”
 
If you cannot make it to New York, the exceptional interactive website, with its “Behind the scenes” videos is almost like being there.
 
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Oskar Schlemmer. Bauhaus Stairway. 1932.)
 
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