9 November 2018 – 10 March 2019

Bauhaus and America

On the occasion of the 100-year anniversary of the Bauhaus, the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur in Münster is planning the exhibition Bauhaus and America. Based on the importance of the Bauhaus and in particular the Bauhaus stage as an interdisciplinary laboratory for experiments with light and movement, the exhibition will for the first time illuminate the diverse artistic altercations of both former Bauhaus members and Americans with light and motion – ranging from light art and kinetic art to experimental film as well as dance and performance art.

As part of this, the exhibition traces the extensive influence of these interactions upon modern art as part of an epoch-spanning overview exhibition across several media. The influence of these concepts stretched from America to European art as early as the 1950s, as manifested in the ZERO and Fluxus movements, and is still echoed in contemporary art today. As a consequence the exhibition not only concentrates on the positions of the Bauhaus and its subsequent institutes in America, but also displays artworks of European artists from the 1950s until the present time. Because the Bauhaus stage significantly shaped modern dance, the museum is cooperating for the first time with a second institute, the TanzTheaterMünster, which transfers the ideas of the Bauhaus into the contemporary era.

György Kepes, Balance, 1942 © Museum Associates/ LACMA