The effect of the Bauhaus 100 years ago was global, and the Bauhaus still radiates its attraction today. In addition to objects and products from the years 1919 to 1933, international contributions with regional focuses expand the exhibition. The reception history of the Bauhaus in the USA and its repercussions in Europe make it clear that the Bauhaus was not an exclusive club, but was rather seen worldwide as the engine of a new social, cultural and political development.
The first part of the exhibition focuses on an internal perspective on the Bauhaus in Weimar, Dessau and Berlin: the study of weightlessness, material and spatial research on objects, the synthesis of all the arts, of art and science, of art and everyday objects, and finally the Bauhaus’s world view, its workshops, and the structure of its teaching programme.
The second part focuses on the Bauhaus from a global perspective: artists from Buenos Aires, Casablanca, Mexico City, Moscow, Santiago de Chile and the USA re-produced ideas of the Bauhaus in different circumstances - against a political-national background in Santiago de Chile, in response to the rapid industrialization in Mexico City, and in post-colonial terms in Casablanca. The exhibition title ‘The Whole World a Bauhaus’ goes back to a remark from 1928 of the Bauhaus student and later Bauhaus teacher Fritz Kuhr.
Curators Regional focuses
Enrique X. de Anda Alanís, Mexiko-City
Silvia Fernández, Buenos Aires
Margret Kentgens-Craig, USA
Alexander Klee, Stuttgart
Salma Lahlou, Casablanca
David Maulen, Santiago de Chile
Christiane Post, Moscow
Curator ZKM | Karlsruhe