Bauhaus Utopien

Kölnischer Kunstverein

It has been 20 years since a Bauhaus exhibition of this size and importance took place. The main organizer, Wulf Herzogenrath, undertook an attempt to offer a representative panorama of work done between 1919 and 1933 at this seminal institution. The aims of such a presentation are quite different today. In 1968, the first and most necessary task was to satisfy the desire for information and to republish the pictorial, architectural, and theoretical statements of the Bauhaus. Most of its participants were still alive to play the role of witness. It was necessary—and fitting to the social and political situation of the ’60s—to show how the avant garde after World War I tried to change society fundamentally, and it was interesting to reconstruct how the reactionary turn of the Weimar Republic was challenged by the Bauhaus. But the movement’s goal of merging expression and function in both

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