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Practising means gathering experiences
The editors and designer working on the “original bauhaus übungsbuch“ also gathered their own experiences: Nina Wiedemeyer, Friederike Holländer and Sarah Lamparter. We asked the trio three questions.
Countless New Ideas
In just a few weeks, the great Bauhaus celebration that has excited us all year will draw to a close. The anniversary ends on December 31. What can we take from it? Annemarie Jaeggi, Museum Director of the Berlin Bauhaus Archive, gives her assessment, along with Claudia Perren, Director of the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, and Wolfgang Holler, Director of the Museen der Klassikstiftung Weimar.
When the Bauhaus student Werner Gräf published his book Es kommt der Neue Fotograf in the late 1920s, he focused on amateurs rather than professionals. Around 90 years later, legions of amateurs feed their communities with millions of photos every day on Instagram and other platforms. They are shpaing our view of reality through their smartphone lenses. The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) is currently presenting an exhibition that actually makes a connection between the Bauhaus and Instagram. We spoke to the Director of the MKG Hamburg, Tulga Beyerle, about illusion and truth, imagination and self-representation, iconic images and political photography.
“Everything had to be reconsidered.”
The Gutenberg Museum in Mainz presents the special exhibition “ABC. Avant-garde – Bauhaus – Corporate Design”, documenting Bauhaus typography that revolutionised graphic and communication design and remains globally influential to this day. We took the opportunity to talk to the font designer Erik Spiekermann. Together with typographical experts and students, he has completed and continued to develop classic fragmentary fonts by several Bauhaus masters.
"Queer people have to some extent been erased from Bauhaus history."
The art historian and author Elizabeth Otto adds an important chapter to the history of the Bauhaus: that of the queer creative. Her book "Haunted Bauhaus: Occult Spirituality, Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities, and Radical Politics" will be published on 17. September. We talked to her in advance about art in a queer context, gender at the Bauhaus, and the forgotten activist and designer Richard Grune.