Runs until 02/08/2025

Reflex Bauhaus. 40 Objects – 5 Conversations

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus reform school
Exhibition view.
Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (A. Laurenzo)

About the Exhibition

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus reform school, Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum is showing important Bauhaus objects in dialog with contemporary art for one year.

The exhibition was realized in cooperation with artist Tilo Schulz (born 1972 in Leipzig, lives in Berlin) that juxtaposes 40 historical Bauhaus objects with five contemporary art works.

In 1925, the year Die Neue Sammlung was established, the Bauhaus had to leave Weimar and move to Dessau. The Bauhaus publishing firm was already located in Munich, and the city presented itself as an alternative to Dessau. And with the young institution of Die Neue Sammlung, a Munich museum became one of the first museums to acquire contemporary Bauhaus works that are today considered icons of modern design. Pieces from this period include textiles by Anni Albers and Gunta Stölzl, toys by Alma Buscher and Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack, and works in metal by Otto Rittweger and Wilhelm Wagenfeld. Further acquisitions were made until very recently, adding important works by Theodor Bogler, Marcel Breuer, Josef Hartwig, Naum Slutzky and Wilhelm Wagenfeld to the collection of historical objects, almost all of which will for the first time be presented to the public in Munich – several of these items will be on show for the first time ever. Three major works were acquired with the support of the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung.

Tilo Schulz has designed a room installation in which these gems of design history enter into a dialog with five contemporary positions. Five international artists from a variety of disciplines were invited to develop a work of their own in response to their preferred Bauhaus object. Turkish-German fashion designer Ayzit Bostan took on the Slatted Chair by Marcel Breuer and has designed a contemporary equivalent. German author Barbara Köhler drew among others inspiration from the double-armed table lamp by Christian Dell to create a “word-mirror-image.” The Indian architect Anupama Kundoo established a close connection between her work and Gunta Stölzl’s approach to weaving. Japanese composer Junya Oikawa has created a performative sound installation based on the Bauhaus chess set by Josef Hartwig. And Danish artist Sofie Thorsen examined Hermann Finsterlin’s “Didyms,” spatial permeations, with regard to space and volume. With his concept, Tilo Schulz succeeds in uniting past and present and enables viewers to not only identify the historical origins of these objects, but also to reflect on them today. This has given rise not only to a remarkable design conversation between historic design and the arts of today, but also to contemporary reflections on the history and reception of this reform school, which continues to influence our understanding of design to this day.

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Where?

Barer Straße 40, 80333 Munich

Opening hours:

Daily 10:00 – 18:00

Monday closed

Thursday 10:00 – 20:00

View of the exhibition

Exhibition view.
Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (A. Laurenzo)
Exhibition view.
Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (A. Laurenzo)
Exhibition view.
Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (A. Laurenzo)

Text in the Exhibition

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As a young Munich institution and one of the first museums Die Neue Sammlung purchased shortly after its establishment in 1925 – the year the Bauhaus had to leave Weimar and move to Dessau – contemporary Bauhaus works that are today considered icons of modern design: textiles by Anni Albers and Gunta Stölzl, toys by Alma Buscher and Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack, and works in metal by Otto Rittweger and Wilhelm Wagenfeld. Further acquisitions were made until very recently, adding important works by Theodor Bogler, Marcel Breuer, Josef Hartwig, Naum Slutzky and Wilhelm Wagenfeld to the collection of historical objects, almost all of which are for the first time presented to the public in Munich. Some of these items are on show for the first time ever. Three important pieces were acquired with the support of the Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung.

Tilo Schulz, artistic curator, has designed a room installation in which a few of these gems of design history enter into a dialog with contemporary positions. Five international artists from a variety of disciplines were invited to develop a work of their own in response to their preferred Bauhaus object. German-Turkish fashion designer Ayzit Bostan takes on the Slatted Chair by Marcel Breuer and designs a contemporary equivalent. German author Barbara Köhler draws inspiration from the double-armed desk lamp by Christian Dell and Hermann Finsterlin’s “Didyms” to create a “word-mirror-image”. Indian architect Anupama Kundoo analyzes a fabric by the textiles workshop director Gunta Stölzl to make an architectural model. Japanese composer Junya Oikawa creates a performative sound installation based on the Bauhaus chess set by Josef Hartwig. And Danish artist Sofie Thorsen examines Hermann Finsterlin’s “Didyms”, spatial penetrations, which regard to space and volume. With his concept, Tilo Schulz succeeds in uniting past and present and enables viewers to not only identify the historical origins of these objects, but also to reflect on the today. This has given rise not only to a remarkable conversation between historic design and the arts of today, but also to contemporary reflections on the history, which continues to influence our understanding of design to this day.

Catalogue

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Bauhaus: 40 Bauhaus pieces owned by the museum are inscribed into five positions by contemporary international artists from different disciplines.

Fabric with vertical and horizontal lines that overlap irregularly to form rectangles. Paper sleeve in the lower third, black surface with white labelling: ReFlex Bauhaus.
Cover of the exhibition catalogue, ReFlex Bauhaus. 40 Objects – 5 Conversations.
Photo: Die Neue Sammlung (A. Laurenzo)

FAQs

Curated by:

Xenia Riemann-Tyroller, Josef Straßer

Supported by:

Bauhaus heute Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation,
PIN. Freunde der Pinakothek der Moderne e.V.

Logo von der Kulturstiftung des Bundes. Schwarzes Rechteck mit weißer Schrift. In Großbuchstaben steht der Name der Stiftung geschrieben.
Logo 100 Jahre Bauhaus. Schwarz auf Weiß.

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