A harmonious and interdisciplinary approach interweaving art, artisanship and industry. The Bauhaus art school made creation, skill and transmission the central components of its teaching philosophy. A vision entirely aligned with the work of the Foundation.
The Bauhaus once welcomed the world’s leading avant-garde artists – including Kandinsky, Klee, Albers and Breuer – and based its teaching on a veritable system of mentoring between masters and pupils. Intense and resolutely inventive, it was a site of life and creation. Architect Walter Gropius originally founded Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar, back in 1919,. Having relocated twice, firstly to Dessau and then to Berlin, it closed its doors once and for all against the backdrop of rising Nazism in 1933.
The exhibition at Les Arts Décoratifs chose to “evoke the memories of the Bauhaus as the school that it was, and not as a style, or a movement, or simply a list of great names. (One) makes one’s way through the exhibition as one makes progress at school, thanks to new knowledge, discoveries and the generosity of the teachers” (Olivier Gabet, Director of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs). For the occasion, the museum brought together over 600 iconic works – objects, furniture, textiles, drawings, costumes, models, paintings – to create a journey immersing the visitor in the creative effervescence of this unique school. Evoking the historical context that lay behind the different workshops: ceramics, stained glass, sculpture, furniture, typography, publicity, photography, and more. From one master to the next, culminating in an exploration of the legacy left by their teaching, a testimony to its ongoing relevance. Accordingly, the last room was dedicated to a selection of modern works displaying the spirit of the Bauhaus, directed by artist and curator Mathieu Mercier.