Many events run this year, particularly in Germany where the school ran from 1919-33. However, Bauhaus’ wide-reaching influence means there is plenty to see in the UK, US and beyond even in the coming weeks.
Galerie Ulrich Fiedler in Berlin
Galerie Ulrich Fiedler in Berlin opened its first of three exhibitions dedicated to Bauhaus’ centenary today, accompanied by the publication of a catalogue featuring all its stock related to the movement. Among the offerings is a 1924 chess set by Josef Hartwig, designed in the school’s sculpture workshop. The 32 chessmen, made of various woods, come from the estate of a US collector who acquired the set directly from the Bauhaus in Weimar as a student. Bauhaus Weimar 1919-25 is open by appointment and runs until July 27. It is followed by Bauhaus Dessau 1925-32.
Dining chair at auction in London
Bauhaus had a far-reaching influence, inspiring designers and architects right up to the present. In London it is possible to find examples of Bauhaus design in Hampstead’s Isokon building – or The Penguin Pool at the London Zoo in Regent’s Park.
Tomorrow, Lots Road Auctions offers several pieces of Bauhaus-style furniture, including a set of chairs made after designs by Mart Stam (1899-1986). The Dutch architect and furniture designer, famed for his cantilever chair design, made using lengths of standard gas pipe and standard pipe joint fittings. The set of eight at Lots Roade are hand-finished dining armchairs, stitched in tan leather with tubular chromium frames, and have an estimate of £1400-1800.
Back to Bauhaus in London with The Conran Shop
During London Craft Week (May 8-12), The Conran Shop hosts Back to Bauhaus, with a celebration of the school’s design principles. The Chelsea design shop has teamed up with designer Sascha Lobe and print specialists Make-Ready to host live screen-printing demonstrations and create 300 Bauhaus-inspired works over five days. They will be available to buy throughout the event. With the event, the shop celebrates that its founder Sir Terence Conran was influenced by the principles of the school during his student days.
David Zwirner at TEFAF New York Spring
David Zwirner hosts a solo presentation of the works of Paul Klee, taught at the Bauhaus for a decade from 1921-31, at TEFAF New York Spring (May 3-7). Klee was one of the foremost instructors at the institution where he was the “Form” master in the bookbinding, stained glass, and mural painting workshops. He was also involved in various other movements during his career including cubism and surrealism.
David Zwirner announced last week that it has taken over representation of the Paul Klee Family. It will hold another exhibition of his work in September at their New York gallery.
Wall-paper pattern book at auction in Germany
Back in Germany, auction house Kunst & Design offers a book of Bauhaus wallpaper design from 1932 along with an anniversary issue from 1956, published by Tapetenmusterbücher. The two hardbound books are offered together in an art, antiques and design sale taking place at the Krefeld firm on May 11. They have an opening price of €800.