Architecture Exhibitions International

Getty Research Institute Los Angeles

Bauhaus beginnings

Jun 11–Oct 13, 2019
Material exercises in paper. Photographer: Alfred Ehrhardt, ca. 1928–1929. The Getty Research Institute, 850514. © Alfred Ehrhardt Stiftung

Almost mythic in status, the Bauhaus is seen as one of the most influential schools of art and design of the 20th century. Established in 1919, the Bauhaus sought to erode distinctions among crafts, the fine arts, and architecture through a program of study centered on practical experience and diverse theories. Until the school's forced closure by the Nazi regime in 1933, students and masters worked with a variety of traditional and experimental media and continually reconceived the role of art and design in contemporary society. Despite its relatively brief, itinerant existence, the Bauhaus occupies an outsize position in the cultural imaginary.

Marking the 100th anniversary of the school's opening, Bauhaus Beginnings reexamines the founding principles of this landmark institution. The exhibition considers the school's early dedication to spiritual expression and its development of a curriculum based on elements deemed fundamental to all forms of artistic practice.