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Bauhaus and Photography—On New Visions in Contemporary Art

December 7th, 2018 - March 10th, 2019

Bauhaus and Photography—On New Visions in Contemporary Art

Exhibition on the occasion of the Bauhaus Anniversary at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf

The Staatliche Bauhaus not only played a key role in the history of twentieth-century design and art, but also in photography. From December 7, 2018 through March 10, 2019, the exhibition “Bauhaus and Photography—On New Visions in Contemporary Art” at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf brings together photographs by proponents of this “new vision” with works by contemporary artists. The exhibition is part of the centennial program “100 Years of Bauhaus.”

In what ways do the Bauhaus’ innovations still contribute to the development of photography’s visual language today? What role does avant-garde photography around 1930 play for contemporary artists? The exhibition “Bauhaus and Photography—On New Visions in Contemporary Art” brings together works that represent the new vision of Bauhaus practitioners like László Moholy-Nagy, Lucia Moholy, Marianne Brandt, Erich Consemüller and Walter Peterhans with contemporary artists including Antje Hanebeck, Daniel T. Braun, Dominique Teufen, Doug Fogelson, Douglas Gordon, Kris Scholz, Max de Esteban, Stefanie Seufert, Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, Thomas Ruff, Viviane Sassen und Wolfgang Tillmans. Contemporary photographs, sculptures, and video installations enter into dialogue with the objective photography of the Bauhaus decade.

The exhibition’s historical point of departure is the Werkbund exhibition “Film and Photo,” which was on view in 1929/30 in the cities of Stuttgart, Berlin, and Zürich, among others. Bauhaus artist Moholy-Nagy, who was known for his experimental photographic works, curated galleries dedicated to the history and future of photography respectively, and explored this new vision in photography. The 300 exhibits from the historical portion, which may be understood as a kind of manifesto by the artist as they addressed current debates about the significance of photography as art, will be virtually reconstructed. Furthermore, part of the exhibition as it was presented in Berlin is on view. Together with the photographic works by contemporary artists, the present exhibition opens a dialogue between the historical event and the present. By sharing their own forward-looking designs that utilize electronic and digital media, design students from the Hochschule Darmstadt and the Technische Hochschule Nürnberg offer a view to the future.

The Staatliche Bauhaus stands for design that is aligned with industry, but also for a controversial institution that continues to stimulate art and culture today. Its practitioners saw themselves as the pioneers of a future-oriented societal model in which industry would serve as the defining collective cultural impetus. Their new avant-garde photography featured motifs from industrial culture, extreme perspectives, cropped subjects, an engagement with surface textures and material properties, as well as photography without cameras. To what extent is technical innovation the standard for cultural progress today? What role does art play in this process, and is photography a suitable medium for it? The exhibition “Bauhaus and Photography” explores how the Bauhaus continues to influence the art of today, and uses current work to examine what a contemporary new vision might be.

After the opening at the NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, the exhibition will be on view in Berlin and Darmstadt. It is curated by Prof. Dr. Kris Scholz (Hochschule Darmstadt), Prof. Dr. Kai-Uwe Hemken (Kunsthochschule Kassel), and Prof. Dr. Christoph Schaden (Technische Hochschule Nürnberg GSO). A comprehensive bilingual catalogue will accompany the exhibition.

The project is supported by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes, the Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst, and the Hochschule Darmstadt.

The exhibition is part of the Bauhaus anniversary in NRW. 100 years bauhaus im westen is a project of the NRW Ministry of Culture and Science and the Rhineland and Westphalia-Lippe Regional Associations. The patron is Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, Minister for Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia.

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie / Viviane Sassen / © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie / Virtuelle Rekonstruktion FiFo / © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie / NRW-Forum Düesseldorf / Douglas Gordon: Play Dead; Real Time, 2003 Courtesy Studio lost but found, Berlin, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018 / Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie / NRW-Forum Düesseldorf / Douglas Gordon: Play Dead; Real Time, 2003 Courtesy Studio lost but found, Berlin, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018 / Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie / NRW-Forum Düesseldorf / Douglas Gordon: Play Dead; Real Time, 2003 Courtesy Studio lost but found, Berlin, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018 / Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie / Virtuelle Rekonstruktion FiFo / © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie / Stefanie Seufert, Doug Fogelson / © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie / Dominique Teufen, Selfiepoint © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie / Dominique Teufen, Selfiepoint © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie / Kris Scholz © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie / Antje Hanebeck © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie / Max de Esteban / © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie / Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Kurator Prof. Dr. Christoph Schaden (Technische Hochschule Nürnberg GSO) in der Asstellung Bauhaus und die Fotografie © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie / Kris Scholz © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie / Dominique Teufen © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie / Viviane Sassen © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie / Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs© NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie / Wolfgang Tillmans© NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie / Daniel T. Braun © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie / Max de Esteban / © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie / Rekonstruktion FiFo / © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie / Max de Esteban © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie / Stefanie Seufert, Thomas Ruff © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie / Thomas Ruff / © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie / Doug Fogelson / © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie / Douglas Gordon © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie / Studierende © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie / Studierende © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Ausstellungsansicht Bauhaus und die Fotografie / Studierende © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Bauhaus und die Fotografie © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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Bauhaus und die Fotografie © NRW-Forum Düsseldorf, Foto Katja Illner

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László Moholy-Nagy, funkturm berlin, 1925

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Walter Funkat, Glaskugeln, 1929

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Antje Hanebeck Borough, 2008 Textildruck im Spannrahmen, 230 x 230 cm © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

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Viviane Sassen: Yellow Vlei © Viviane Sassen

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Daniel T. Braun: »Atmozons & Horizspheres no. 11«, 2015, ca. 114 × 80cm, photogram / luminogram on colorfilm / C-Print analog, 2+1 AP © Daniel T. Braun und VG Bild-Kunst

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Daniel T. Braun AZ Nr. 6, 2016 Fotogramm auf Farbfilm / C- Print analog, ca. 84 x 120 cm © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

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Daniel T. Braun Overseer, 2003 Racketogramm / Farb- Fotogramm, ca.170 x 106 cm © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

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Daniel T. Braun Rafael Shafir, 2006 Raketogramm / Farb- Fotogramm, ca. 260 x 130 cm © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

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Daniel T. Braun SBSVI Nr. 6, 2013 C-Print analog, 110 x 90 cm © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

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Kris Scholz Marks and Traces, Xi'an Academy of Fine Arts 2, 2013 Fine Art Print auf Leinwand, 200 x 150 cm © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

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Kris Scholz Marks and Traces, Caochangdi 1, 2013 Fine Art Print auf Leinwand, 200 x 150 cm © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

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Kris Scholz Marks and Traces, Chongqing 5, 2018 Fine Art Print auf Leinwand, 200 x 150 cm © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

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Kris Scholz Marks and Traces, Chongqing 7, 2018 Fine Art Print auf Leinwand, 200 x 150 cm © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

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Kris Scholz: Marks and Traces, Golzheim 1, 2017, Pigmentprint, 200 x 150 cm © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

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Dominique Teufen Blitzlicht-Skulptur #1, 2013 Lambda Print, 60 x 90 cm Bildrechte: Dominique Teufen Courtesy Christophe Guye Galerie, Zürich

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Dominique Teufen Blitzlicht-Skulptur #5, 2013 Lambda Print, 60 x 90cm Bildrechte: Dominique Teufen Courtesy Christophe Guye Galerie, Zürich

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Dominique Teufen Blitzlicht-Skulptur #4, 2013 Lambda Print, 60 x 90cm Bildrechte: Dominique Teufen Courtesy Christophe Guye Galerie, Zürich

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Doug Fogelson: Forms And Records No 01, 2014, Fotogramm, Leuchtkasten © Doug Fogelson

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Doug Fogelson: Forms And Records No 08, 2014, Fotogramm, Leuchtkasten © Doug Fogelson

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Doug Fogelson: Forms And Records No © Doug Fogelson 11, 2014, Fotogramm s/w, Papierabzug

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Doug Fogelson: Forms And Records No 13, 2014, Fotogramm, Leuchtkasten © Doug Fogelson

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Doug Fogelson: Forms And Records No 15, 2014, Fotogramm. Leuchtkasten © Doug Fogelson

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Doug Fogelson: Forms And Records No 6, 2014, Fotogramm, Leuchtkasten © Doug Fogelson

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Stefanie Seufert: Towers, Option #2, Just Yellow, Atlas Grey, Dark Aubergine, 2016

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Stefanie Seufert: Towers, Option #2, Just Yellow, Atlas Grey, Dark Aubergine, 2016. Photogram, Fuji Color glossy, 185 x 35 x 35 cm each

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Douglas Gordon: Play Dead; Real Time, 2003 Courtesy Studio lost but found, Berlin © Studio lost but found / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018

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Douglas Gordon: Play Dead; Real Time, 2003 Courtesy Studio lost but found, Berlin © Studio lost but found / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2018

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