The sculptor Gerhard Marcks (1889–1981) was not just one of the first teachers at the newly founded Bauhaus; more than almost any other artist, he was also a proponent of the original idea of the renewal of all art through craftsmanship. At the Bauhaus from 1919 a network of faithful comrades was formed, who later passed on this artistic stance via schools, communities and circles of friends extending far beyond Europe. Here for the first time an exhibition is devoted to this unique circle of artists and takes a new look at the Bauhaus that transcends industry and standardisation.
It is characteristic of Marcks and his students, e.g. the ceramics artist Marguerite Friedlaender-Wildenhain (1896–1985), the silversmith Wolfgang Tümpel (1903–1978) and the painter Johannes Driesch (1901–1930), that they maintained a traditional artisanal ethos. As will be illustrated by over 200 selected sculptures, drawings, paintings and ceramics, for all concerned, this approach remained the starting point of their own artistic understanding for the rest of their lives.
The exhibition takes in a broad sweep from the first meeting of the Bauhaus circle in Weimar, through their time at the Burg Giebichenstein School of Applied Arts in Halle an der Saale, to California where the artist Marguerite Friedlaender-Wildenhain had fled from the Nazis and founded the Pond Farm art and ceramics school. Numerous letters, documentary photographs and films and an interactive media station shed new light on the transfer of ideas among the friends in this circle long into the 20th century.
The exhibition is a joint project by the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, the Gerhard-Marcks-Haus in Bremen and the DFG (German Research Foundation) project “Moving Networks. Bauhaus members and their networks of relationships in the 1930s and 1940s” at the Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg and the University of Erfurt.
26 November 2017 to 4 March 2018
"Paths from the Bauhaus. Gerhard Marcks and his circle of friends"
is the Klassik Stiftung Weimar’s inaugural exhibition to herald in the
centenary year of the founding of the Bauhaus in 2019.
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