“Die Moral der Gegenstände”

Bauhaus Archiv

This exhibition on the Ulm Academy of Design, a school that is legendary in West Germany for its postwar design work, comes at a time when imaginative new developments in contemporary design have caught the art world’s attention. Initiated and sponsored by the Olivetti Group, and cu-rated by Herbert Lindinger, “Die Moral der Gegenstände: Die Hochschule für Gestaltung Ulm 1953–1968” (The ethics of objects: the Ulm Academy of Design 1953–1968) was mounted at the Bauhaus Archive in West Berlin. The Ulm Academy was the acknowledged heir to the Bauhaus, although it never achieved the latter’s widespread fame.

The history of the Ulm Academy is the history of the attempt to relate design and politics, industrial reality and humanistic ethics. In this sense, design should link art to life, should develop forms and working/living environments that create political consciousness. This is design in

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