Bauhaus Now brings to life the little-known story of how revolutionary ideas of the Weimar Republic in Germany influenced modernist art, design and architecture in Brisbane and Australia. The exhibition reveals the migrant and refugee contribution to Australian life and art history in the inter-war period and post-Second World War years.
The famous Bauhaus school started in Germany in 1919 and was closed by the Nazis in 1933. From the 1930s onwards, a significant number of central European, Austrian and German refugees and emigres came to Australia seeking refuge from war and fascism, many of whom were active in arts education. Through these exiles and internees, educational ideas filtered into Australia that revealed the influence of the Bauhaus.
Bauhaus Now features original artworks from this period, plus a series of vivid contemporary recreations that demonstrate the impact of this movement in Brisbane and Australian art history. The exhibition will also show how the legacy of these powerful ideas is being re-interpreted today.
Artists include: Grit Kallin-Fischer, Paul Klee, Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack, Frank Hinder, Harry Seidler, Christopher Handran, Erwin Fabian, Karl Langer, Gertrude Langer, George Teltscher, Gwendolyn Grant, Francis Lymburner, Normana Wight, Josef Albers, El Lissitzky, Marianne Brandt, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Stan Ostoja-Kotkowski, Vassily Kandinsky, Udo Sellbach, Laurence Collinson, Laurence Hope, Michael Candy, Eleonore Lange, Paul Bai and Andy Harwood.
The newly commissioned installation Sunroom: Between Sunrise and Sunset by Paul Bai features at the entrance of the Bauhaus Now exhibition, transforming the Dome Gallery, drawing on Paul’s rich perspectives as an artist and migrant. Also embracing the Bauhaus aesthetic in a local context is an appropriation of Viennese émigré Karl Langer’s Sun Chart (1944) of Brisbane featured as part of the exhibition design by Dirk Yates, of Speculative Architecture.
Bauhaus Now is curated by Professor Andrew McNamara.
The Bauhaus movement revolutionised our use of shape, colour and design. Taking inspiration from Museum of Brisbane’s Bauhaus Now exhibition, create your very own ornament decoration. Use this free template to experiment with Bauhaus design principles and construct a decoration fit for all seasons.
This activity is yours to take home when you visit our exhibition and has been designed as a family friendly project between children and adults. We encourage you to work together!
Collect your take-home kit from the exit of Bauhaus exhibition.
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