New York

Oskar Schlemmer, Bauhaus Stairway, 1932, oil on canvas, 63 7/8 x 45".

New York

“Bauhaus 1919–1933: Workshops for Modernity”

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
November 8, 2009–January 25, 2010

Curated by Barry Bergdoll and Leah Dickerman

A 1927 visit to the Bauhaus was part of the inspiration for Alfred H. Barr Jr.’s conception of the Museum of Modern Art. Now, for the first time since 1938, the American home of modernism will devote a major exhibition to its European precursor. Organized in collaboration with three German Bauhaus collections (and adapted from an exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin this past summer), the show includes works by such masters as Josef Albers, Walter Gropius, Johannes Itten, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and László Moholy-Nagy, as well as by their students. It will put on view not only the Bauhaus’s effective marriage of elemental forms and industrial production but also the complex history surrounding this influential school, from its birth in mystical visions of social and artistic harmony to its dissonant end in the extremes of politics, technicism, and formalism.