bauhaus imaginista

15 Mar 2019 – 10 Jun 2019

Event times

Daily (except Tue) 11am–7pm

Cost of entry

Admission 9€/7€

Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW)

Berlin, Germany


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bauhaus imaginista narrates the international histories of the Bauhaus. Since its foundation in 1919, the school was in contact with other avant-garde movements worldwide. bauhaus imaginsita proposes a rereading of the Bauhaus as a cosmopolitan project with global resonances: A major exhibition and two conferences trace transnational relations, correspondences, and narratives of migration, going beyond the years the Bauhaus was active as a school (until 1933). For the first time, the project tracks the translation of Bauhaus concepts into different political and geographical contexts.

The title bauhaus imaginista hints at the imaginative possibilities which were opened up by the Bauhaus, and the multilayered interpretations that the term still denotes today. Between archival findings and contemporary contributions, the project translates the historical perspective into a set of contemporary questions: How, in the spirit of the Bauhaus, might culture be reimagined as a social project today? What kinds of institutions would such a project need? And in what ways does the Bauhaus still stimulate visionary practices and discourses today?

The exhibition places the Bauhaus in context with like-minded schools in other parts of the world. It reflects the artistic exploration of craft techniques, materials, and practices; examines how Bauhaus concepts on socially integrated design were transformed, adjusted, and challenged; and uncovers how the innovative use of media at the Bauhaus influences art and pop culture even today.

Since March 2018, exhibitions, symposia, and workshops in Hangzhou, New York, Kyoto, and Tokyo, Moscow, Sao Paulo, Lagos, and Delhi have been realized in collaboration with the Goethe-Institutes and local partners. Now bauhaus imaginista culminates with an expanded overview at HKW.


Grant Watson

Marion von Osten

Exhibiting artists

Anni Albers

Gertrud Arndt

Hélio Oiticica

Ahmed Cherkaoui

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy

Wendelien van Oldenborgh

Alice Creischer

Lygia Pape

Zvi Efrat

Paulo Tavares

Hannes Meyer

Nandalal Bose

Kader Attia

Luca Frei

Walter Gropius

Lena Bergner

Doreen Mende

The Otolith Group

Takehiko Mizutani

Iwao Yamawaki


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