"L'Esprit du Bauhaus", a major exhibition

19 Oct 2016
25 Feb 2017
"L'Esprit du Bauhaus" at the Arts Décoratifs
Unknown with mask in a tubular chair by Marcel Breuer (1926) © Archives Bauhaus
"L'Esprit du Bauhaus" at the Arts Décoratifs
Les Arts Décoratifs, exhibition "L'Esprit du Bauhaus", 2016 © Luc Boegly
L'Esprit du Bauhaus at the Arts Décoratifs
Les Arts Décoratifs, exhibition "L'Esprit du Bauhaus", 2016 © Luc Boegly
L'Esprit du Bauhaus at the Arts Décoratifs
Les Arts Décoratifs, exhibition "L'Esprit du Bauhaus", 2016 © Luc Boegly
L'Esprit du Bauhaus at the Arts Décoratifs
Les Arts Décoratifs, exhibition "L'Esprit du Bauhaus", 2016 © Luc Boegly
The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès has been a patron of the Musée des Art Décoratifs since 2008. In 2016, the museum launched an ambitious exhibition dedicated to Staatliches Bauhaus, a unique art school that emerged as a cradle of modernity in several artistic domains. A tribute to an age of creative effervescence. Supported by the Foundation every step of the way, from exhibition to catalogue.

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.
 

Disciplines
Visual arts
Design
Performing arts
Craftsmanship
Lieu
Musée des Arts décoratifs
Paris
France
The Bauhaus once welcomed the world’s leading avant-garde artists including Kandinsky, Klee, Albers and Breuer.
Creation, skill and transmission were central components of the Bauhaus teaching philosophy.
The Bauhaus art school... based its teaching on a veritable system of mentoring between masters and pupils.

Informations

Practical information

"L’Esprit du Bauhaus"
from 10/19/2016 to 02/25/2017

Les Arts Décoratifs
107, rue de Rivoli
75001 Paris

www.lesartsdecoratifs.fr

The team
  • General curators: Olivier Gabet, Anne Monier
  • Scientific curators : Monique Blanc, Béatrice Quette, Marie-Sophie Carron de la Carrière
  • Artistic Director of the contemporary section: Mathieu Mercier
  • Scenography : Laurence Fontaine
  • Graphic design: Bastien Morin
In bookstores

L’Esprit du Bauhaus, published by Les Arts Décoratifs / Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, 2016