Bauhaus and Photography


The Bauhaus plays a key role not only in the history of design and art, but also in 20th century photography. From 7 December 2018 to 10 March 2019, the exhibition "Bauhaus and Photography - On New Visions in Contemporary Art" brings together photographs by proponents of this 'new vision' into dialogue with works by contemporary artists. The exhibition is part of the "100 Years of bauhaus" anniversary programme.

How do the innovations introduced by the Bauhaus still contribute to the further development of photographic visual languages today? What role does the photo avant-garde around 1930 play for contemporary artists? The exhibition "Bauhaus und die Fotografie - Zum Neuen Sehen in der Gegenwartskunst" combines works of New Vision as they are known from Bauhaus artists such as László Moholy-Nagy, Erich Consemüller, Walter Peterhans, Marianne Brandt, and Lucia Moholy, with contemporary artists such as Thomas Ruff, Dominique Teufen, Daniel T Braun, Wolfgang Tillmans, Doug Fogelson, Max de Esteban, Viviane Sassen, Stefanie Seufert, Kris Scholz, Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, Antje Hanebeck and Douglas Gordon. Contemporary photographs, sculptures and video installations enter into a dialogue with objective photography in the Bauhaus decade.

The historical reference point of the exhibition is the Werkbund exhibition "Film und Foto", which was shown in Stuttgart, Berlin and Zurich in 1929/30. The Bauhaus artist Moholy-Nagy, known for his experimental photographic works, curated a space on the history and future of photography at the time and examined the new way of seeing in photography. The historical exhibition, which is to be understood as a kind of manifesto of the Bauhaus artist and interfered with the then debate about the significance of photography in art, is virtually reconstructed with over 300 exhibits. In addition, part of the Berlin Station will be presented. Together with the photographic works of contemporary artists, the exhibition enables a dialogue between the historical event and the present. Students from the Faculty of Design at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences and the Faculty of Design at Nuremberg Technical University will take a look ahead and present their own future-oriented designs, with which they also rely on electronic and digital media.