Bauhaus and Photography.
On New Visions in Contemporary Art
NRW Forum Düsseldorf
– 10 March 2019
Bauhaus has played an important role not only in the history of design and art, but also in photography. With this backdrop, the current exhibition “Bauhaus and Photography. On New Visions in Contemporary Art” at the NRW Forum Düsseldorf, showcases photographs of this “New Vision” in dialogue with works by contemporary artists.
New Vision describes a specific style of photography from the 1920s. Its aim was to break through existing patterns and loosen up and make images more dynamic, for example in terms of composition or lighting. The current exhibition seeks to make these innovations visible in the photographic imagery that Bauhaus helped to make possible.
To this end, works by artists such as László Moholy-Nagy, Marianne Brandt and Walter Peterhans will be exhibited alongside current works by artists such as Antje Hanebeck, Daniel T. Braun, Thomas Ruff, and Max de Esteban and Vivianne Sassen.The starting point for these juxtapositions is the 1929/30 Werkbund exhibition “Film und Foto” [Film and Photography], curated by László Moholy-Nagy, which was on view in Stuttgart, Berlin, and Zurich with each exhibition dedicating space to the history and future of photography.
The translation into the present is underscored by including work by students from the design department of the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences and the faculty of design at the Technical University of Nuremberg, who will present their own future-oriented designs.