Installation view, Bauhaus Now! Buxton Contemporary – The University of Melbourne (Photo by Christian Capurro)

The Bauhaus is the most influential art and design school in history. 

In 2019, its centenary year, Bauhaus Now! explores its legacy in Australia—both for contemporary

artists and for art education—highlighting its visionary, collectivist ideals and its radical practices.

Hosted by Buxton Contemporary, this new exhibition, Bauhaus Now! Is curated by Ann Stephen and opens this Friday, 26 July till 20 October. The exhibition reveals a range of contemporary experiments inspired by the Bauhaus diaspora.

Artists and students across several art, design and architecture schools will exhibit forms of creative play, while questioning and challenging conventional ideas and practices.

Major features include:

  • Lantern Parade: A brilliant display of lanterns and costumes made, worn and carried by art students from RMIT and the VCA inspired by the early Weimar Bauhaus mid-winter festivals, will be accompanied by historic and contemporary footage of the parade.

  • Mondspiel/Moonplay: A video performance installation by artists Mikala Dwyer and Justene Williams.  Inspired by the Bauhaus diaspora forced to flee Germany, the main downstairs gallery will have at its heart a thistle garden. 

  • The garden will be surrounded by banners and video screening apparitions of the expelled Bauhaus masters – Johannes Itten, Lothar Schreyer and Paul Klee. They too will be with a number of their students, including projections of Adams-Teltscher, Dicker-Brandies, Hirschfeld Mack and Herzger-Seligmann. All will sing from coffins, with the music inspired by Lothar Schreyer’s Bauhaus musical score.  

  • Six contemporary artists who have worked with Bauhaus ideas will exhibit recent work including Elizabeth Pulie who, inspired by the Bauhaus weaving workshop, has made a new series of woven wall hangings.

  • Light/Colour machines: Two reconstructions will demonstrate the most celebrated Bauhaus experiments with colour and light. The first is a reconstruction by Michael Candy of Hirschfeld Mack’s Farbenlicht Spiele, (Colour-Light Play) a proto-Kinetic mechanical device for colour/music fusion.

  • The Archive: The first-floor gallery will also display original Bauhaus archival source material including postcards, drawing, magazines and prints, with a focus on the Bauhaus legacy in Australia through three former Bauhaus students who came to Australia: Gertrude Herzger-Seligmann, Georg Teltscher and Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack.

Find out why the Bauhaus has its place in art and design at Buxton Contemporary's latest exhibition, Bauhaus Now!


Dates: Friday 26 July until Sunday 20 October 2019

Time: Wed – Sun 11am – 5pm; Thur 11am – 8pm.

Location: Buxton Contemporary, the University of Melbourne (Cnr Dodds St & Southbank Blvd, Southbank)

Cost: Free admission

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