Explore European-inspired art at Museum of Brisbane’s new exhibition Bauhaus Now
As many art lovers would know, The Bauhaus is arguably the most influential art and design school in history, later becoming an avant-garde movement that transformed modern art across the world. Through post-war migration in the 1930s, this movement even made its way to our little river city, and significantly influenced everything from modernist art to design and architecture. If you want to find out the secrets behind this story and check out some eye-catching European-inspired artworks while you’re at it, make tracks to Museum of Brisbane for the new exhibition Bauhaus Now, open now until April 18, 2021.
Bringing a bit of little-known history to Museum of Brisbane, Bauhaus Now tells the story of how Germany’s Weimar Republic influenced modernist art, design and architecture in Brisbane. For those who are unfamiliar with the story, the iconic Bauhaus school opened in Germany in 1919 and was closed by the Nazis in 1933. From this period onwards, a significant number of central European migrants travelled to Australia seeking refuge from the war, many of whom were involved in arts education. They brought along with them a rich culture and a knowledge of art that helped to ingrain Bauhaus into Australian culture.
Bauhaus Now will feature original artworks from this period, plus a bunch of contemporary interpretations that demonstrate both the impact of this movement in Brisbane and Australian art history. There are close to 100 pieces in the exhibition, including furniture, paintings, film, textiles, photography, sculptures, architectural plans and historical imagery. The works have been created by a number of homegrown and international artists including Grit Kallin-Fischer, Paul Klee, Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack, Frank Hinder, Marianne Brandt, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Udo Sellbach, Laurence Collinson, Laurence Hope, Michael Candy and many more. This exhibition showcases over a century of colourful and creative art history that you don’t want to miss.
Eager to see the old world meet the new? Visit the Museum of Brisbane website to book a free ticket.