Craft becomes Modern. The Bauhaus in the Making
– 7 January 2018
Bauhaus experienced its heyday between 1925 and 1932 in Dessau. To launch the centenary of the start of the Bauhaus period in 2019, the exhibition entitled “Craft Becomes Modern. The Bauhaus in the Making” gives an insight into the way craftsmanship tackled Modernism at the Hochschule für Gestaltung.
The exhibition is held in the former weaving workshop of the building where many of the exhibits originated, and is divided into five themed areas. First, reference is made to the role of craft in the present. Works by Formafantasma, Sara Ouhaddou, Natsai Audrey Chieza, and Opendesk open up the discussion about the current interplay between industry and digital unique production. These were evident in various conflicts in design processes back in the Bauhaus era and, then as now, arose from the introduction of new technologies. In order to convey an understanding of the craft behind the exhibited works, machines and tools that are essential for the production process are on display in another area.
A materials store shows the interaction with the quality of the different materials. An important component of the exhibition is the biographies of the objects that show the different ways in which the objects found their way into society.
In addition to a catalogue, the exhibition is also supported by an events programme which will help visitors obtain deeper insights into the interaction of craft with Modernism.