Mostly because of its furniture the "Bauhaus" has become a synonym for modern design. A lot of it which belonged formerly to the avantgarde now belongs to everyday living in houses and offiices. Since long Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe are known as classics of he 20th century. But often it is not seen that some of the most popular creations have not been designed by bauhaus artists but as personal creations outside of the bauhaus.
At this point our exhibition begins: we try to look behind the legend and we will show numerous examples which in fact have come into being within the Bauhaus and in connection with it. We will show chairs, tables, beds and wardrobes made by designers and architects of the bauhaus. Constructions of wood and steel and experiments with bended plywood are shown as well as coloured surfaces and fabric covers, highlights was well as unknown examples.
For the nearly 200 examples the whole space of the museum will be used. The exhibition is based on a collection of the bauhaus-archive which was put together within 40 years. Some of the pieces will be shown for the first time. Additionally the bauhaus will receive important lendings of the collections from Weimar and Dessau as well as from public and private collections from Europe and the US.
The exhibition will be sponsored by the cultural foundation of the capital of Berlin and by the cultural foundation of the federal states. A detailed catalogue will be available in deutsch and english, 336 pages, 440 illustrations, until 10.mrch 2003 EURO 9,50, after EURO 14,95.
Photo: Gunter Lepkowsky