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Johannes Itten, Color sphere in 7 light values and 12 tones, 1921.

Getty Launches Online Exhibition Celebrating Bauhaus School’s 100th Anniversary

The Getty Research Institute has created an online exhibition commemorating the Bauhaus, the influential twentieth-century art and design school founded in Germany by Walter Gropius one hundred years ago. Titled “Bauhaus: Building the New Artist,” the exhibition features interactive exercises that explore the teachings of Bauhaus masters, including a survey on form and color that was designed by Wassily Kandinsky, and materials from the Getty’s vast archive.

“The Bauhaus’s tremendously influential legacy of artistic experimentation is rooted in its radical teaching which makes it the perfect subject for a new type of exhibition,” said Mary Miller, director of the Getty Research Institute. “We explore those methods online with ‘Bauhaus: Building the New Artist,’ which activates our remarkable Bauhaus collections through a dynamic hybrid of text, images, and interactives that allows users to learn from this 100-year-old avant-garde institution via twenty-first-century technology.”

Conceived in tandem with the institute’s gallery exhibition “Bauhaus Beginnings,” which is on view until October 13, the online exhibition begins with a historical overview, which includes photographs of the school, its instructors, and artists and an examination of the school’s principles and curriculum. This is followed by three sections delving into the Bauhaus curriculum—Form and Color, Matters and Materials, and Body and Spirit. Each of these sections concludes with an interactive exercise inviting users to immerse themselves in surprising aspects of Bauhaus courses.

Built by the Getty’s digital team and based on the platform Quire, the exhibition can be accessed here.

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