The latest exhibition “Bauhaus in Balance – Exercises in Body and Mind Calibration” will open on May 9, 2019 at the German House in New York, on view through June 27, 2019.
What can someone learn about the utopian desire for balance and equilibrium by looking at the fragile sculptures from the famous preliminary course of the Bauhaus school? A sculpture from Bauhaus student Gerda Marx, created in 1928, is one example for the studies in balance undertaken at the Bauhaus.
Things, objects, architectural designs, their social lives and their energies were supposed to harmonize with each other and the world. The Bauhaus can be understood as a “school of balance”. In the Bauhaus-precourse, students developed studies in balance that moved in space; swinging and oscillating.
In its few years of existence, the Bauhaus was a center as well as an object of debates of construction and matter and the always ambivalent struggle for balance: adjusting and stabilizing, heating and cooling, balancing and poising. Dancing instructor Gertrud Grunow gave “lessons in harmony” to let students find their inner balance with the help of rhythm and color.
Location and Time:
German Consulate General
871 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Opening reception: Thursday, May 9, 2019, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Exhibition: May 9 – June 27, 2019