The Blind Spot.
Women Designers of the Bauhaus and today
Designhaus Mathildenhöhe, Darmstadt
5 April – 26 May 2019
The occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus demands a specially nuanced view of the institution. Against the background of current women’s rights movements, Hessen Design is addressing the role of women at the Bauhaus. Although the art school proclaimed itself as having an egalitarian approach, the reality was different.
In the early days of the Bauhaus, Walter Gropius declared that “every respectable person whose talent and previous training is considered sufficient by the Master Council will be accepted as an apprentice, regardless of age and sex”. By the summer of 1919, the number of female students had risen to 84 compared with 79 male students. Soon after, in fear of the school’s reputation, Gropius demanded a “sharp segregation immediately after admission, especially among the over-represented female sex”. These provocative statements underscore the relevance of a debate about the role of women at Bauhaus.
The exhibition showcases the work of women from six creative areas of the art school. As a counterpart six contemporary designers are featured, thereby creating an arc to the present situation and looking beyond into the future. The inclusion of biographies of the twelve designers further contributes to this overview.
With this exhibition, the Designhaus Mathildenhöhe aims to illustrate the social impact of design and make an active contribution to the cultural diversity of the Rhine-Main region and Hesse.
The vernissage will take place on 5 April at 6 pm. A supporting programme offers a range of networking events for women from the field of design.