To mark the centenary of the founding of Bauhaus, Museum für Fotografie in Berlin presents the exhibition 'Bauhaus and Photography – On New Visions in Contemporary Art ' (11 April thru 25 August, 2019).
Bauhaus not only pays a key role in design and art history but also for photography in the 20th century. How are these innovations still contributing to the development of the visual language of today's photography and contemporary aesthetic concepts? What role does the avant-garde photography of 1930 play for contemporary artists today? This exhibition juxtaposes works by artists such as László Moholy-Nagy, Lucia Moholy, Man Ray, Jan Tschichold, Hedda Walther, Florence Henri, Hans Robertson and Erich Consemüller with groups of works by Thomas Ruff, Dominique Teufen, Daniel T. Braun, Wolfgang Tillmans, Doug Fogelson, Max de Esteban, Viviane Sassen, Stephanie Seufert, Kris Scholz, Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, Antje Hanebeck and Douglas Gordon.
The historical reference point of the exhibition is the Werkbund exhibition Film and Photo, which was shown in Stuttgart, Berlin and Zurich. Hungarian artist László Moholy-Nagy (1895–1946), who had already made a name for himself with his experimental photographic works, curated one room on the history of photography and one on the future. The Bauhaus artist was interested in conducting a systematic investigation of Neues Sehen (New Vision) in photography. The historical exhibition, which functioned as a kind of manifesto, intervening in the debates of the time around the position of photography in the hierarchy of art, is reconstructed virtually with over 300 exhibits.
Students from the design department at the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences and the faculty of design at Nuremberg Tech grant a glimpse into the future, presenting their own forward-looking designs, which also incorporate digital media.