Speculations on Bauhaus today

30.11.2018 – 28.04.2019

Historical Bauhaus recognized construction in a universal sense: its architecture, its rooms, their interior, equipped with furniture, design objects and art, were all part of a holistically pictured practice. Through dissolving former hierarchies between the fields of art and applied arts, it aimed for an ambitiously overall design, that blazed a trail for mass production while serving highest pretensions in both functional and aesthetical ways.

"IDEAL STANDARD. Speculations on Bauhaus today" understands Bauhaus as an unfinished, yet open project, as a motor for innovation: what is today Bauhaus? Five internationally renowned artists deal with vital questions of today's society and try to find suitable shapes for contemporary utopias.

 The exhibition is conceived as a platform that involves the public in to an open discourse on "Bauhaus today": How does its iconic design influence contemporary sculpture and installation? How do artists today engage with imagined ways of future living, with mass production or modernism’s paternalistic historiography? How and to what degree have the(ir) prefixes changed? Are there analogies to be found in contemporary artists’ mindsets and operation modes, that link their practice to Bauhaus’ innovations? The exhibition brings together a heterogeneous group of artists, joining in on a discursive context that emerges from the Bauhaus. 

The exhibition is being supported through generous loans and several newly produced works. As part of "IDEAL STANDARD. Speculations on Bauhaus today" Christopher Kulendran Thomas‘ „60 Million Americans can’t be wrong“ is being premiered in Germany.

Participating artists: 
Katarina Burin, Erika Hock, Christopher Kulendran Thomas (in collaboration with Annika Kuhlmann), Pakui Hardware, Andrea Zittel 

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