08 April 2017

Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson 

Kunsthalle Bielefeld

– 23 July 2017




The Bielefeld museum  – Kunsthalle Bielefeld – celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018. It is the only museum building in Europe designed by the American architect Philip Johnson and was opened in 1968 by Bauhaus pioneer Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. So it is fitting that the exhibition “Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson. Bauhaus pioneers in America” is to be held in the Kunsthalle Bielefeld.


The exhibition explores the friendship and collaboration between Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson as well as their central role as representatives of Bauhaus in America. Barr Jr.’s views on Bauhaus seem to have been the starting point in the conception and establishment of the MoMA in New York: from the beginning, it is here that architecture and design were considered on a par with the fine arts, as illustrated by the exhibitions “Modern Architecture” (1932) Or “Machine Art” (1934). Barr Jr. was responsible for setting up these exhibitions in close collaboration with Philip Johnson, who was then Head of the Department of Architecture. The exhibition “Partners in Design: Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Philip Johnson. Bauhaus Pioneers in America” will be held on the occasion of the jubilee of the Kunsthalle Bielefeld in 2018 and the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus in 2019. The exhibition and the accompanying catalogue are an essential contribution to raising awareness about the role of Bauhaus in bringing modernity to architecture and design. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Liliane and David M. Stewart Program for Modern Design and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.


On the first and third Tuesday of each month there will also be a short, twenty-minute guided tour called Kunstpause [Dramatic Pause]. The guided tour is included in the price of admission. Information on other special events is available online.



Partners in Design. Alfred H. Barr Jr. & Philip Johnson - Bauhaus-Pioniere in Amerika from Kunsthalle Bielefeld on Vimeo.


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