Berlin, HKW | Exhibition | 15.03. – 10.06.2019
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A major exhibition and two conferences trace transnational relations, correspondences, and narratives of migration, going beyond the years the Bauhaus was active as a school (until 1933). For the first time, the project tracks the translation of Bauhaus concepts into different political and geographical contexts.
The title bauhaus imaginista hints at the imaginative possibilities which were opened up by the Bauhaus, and the multilayered interpretations that the term still denotes today. Between archival findings and contemporary contributions, the project translates the historical perspective into a set of contemporary questions: How, in the spirit of the Bauhaus, might culture be reimagined as a social project today? What kinds of institutions would such a project need? And in what ways does the Bauhaus still stimulate visionary practices and discourses today?
The exhibition places the Bauhaus in context with like-minded schools in other parts of the world. It reflects the artistic exploration of craft techniques, materials, and practices; examines how Bauhaus concepts on socially integrated design were transformed, adjusted, and challenged; and uncovers how the innovative use of media at the Bauhaus influences art and pop culture even today.
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Since March 2018, exhibitions, symposia, and workshops in Rabat, Hangzhou, New York, Kyoto, and Tokyo, Moscow, Sao Paulo, Lagos, and Delhi have been realized in collaboration with the Goethe-Institutes and local partners. Now bauhaus imaginistaculminates with an expanded overview at HKW.
Curated by Marion von Osten and Grant Watson in collaboration with a team of international researchers and artists.
With works by Anni Albers, Gertrud Arndt, Kader Attia, Lena Bergner, Nandalal Bose, Ahmed Cherkaoui, Alice Creischer, Zvi Efrat, Luca Frei, Walter Gropius, Doreen Mende, Hannes Meyer, Takehiko Mizutani, László Moholy-Nagy, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Hélio Oiticica, The Otolith Group, Lygia Pape, Paulo Tavares, Iwao Yamawaki, and many more.
Today, in the twenty-first century, the question remains of how to reimagine the relationship between the arts and society. The need to radicalize art education as part of this question ran through the twentieth century, and when thinking about the historical Bauhaus an example of radical pedagogy immediately appears.
Two conferences will reflect the critical potential of the Bauhaus today: In March, political imaginista will discuss strategies of resistance against the new right, questions on internationalism and cultural appropriation, as well as ways of politicizing art, technology, and popular culture. A New School, the second conference in May, will illuminate the impact of the Bauhaus on the development of experimental pedagogy from a transhistorical and transnational perspective.
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bauhaus imaginsta is a collaboration between the Bauhaus Cooperation Berlin Dessau Weimar, the Goethe-Institut and HKW.
bauhaus imaginista ist eine Zusammenarbeit zwischen der Bauhaus Kooperation Berlin Dessau Weimar, dem Goethe-Institut und dem Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW). Das Forschungsprojekt mit verschiedenen Ausstellungsstationen findet anlässlich des 100. Gründungsjubiläums des Bauhauses statt. Die Goethe-Institute erweitern es durch internationale Perspektiven, im Rahmen HKW-Projekts 100 Jahre Gegenwart wird es in Berlin zusammengeführt.
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Daily (except Tue) 11am–7pm
Exhibition guide and second visit included
Mondays and under 16 years of age, berlinpass holders and refugees:
Groups from 8 persons: 7€/5€ per person
bauhaus imaginista. A School in the World
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