The programme will reflect on the philosophy and relevance of the influential Bauhaus movement for today’s practicing artist and their relationship with society. The Bauhaus – which celebrates its centenary in 2019 – was the most influential modernist art school of the 20th century, whose approach to teaching, and understanding art’s relationship to society and technology, had a major impact in Europe and the United States long after it closed.
Including newly commissioned work by artists based at S1 Artspace alongside archival Bauhaus material, photographs, film, artworks and original design objects, the programme will focus on experimentation and the Bauhaus philosophy of ‘unlearning’, transforming S1 Artspace into an active space of research, production and display.
A literal translation of the term ‘Bauhaus’, Construction House will reflect on the work and ideas of a number of influential Bauhaus Masters and Teachers, from Oskar Schlemmer, László Moholy-Nagy and Marianne Brandt to Gertrud Grunow, Johannes Itten and Paul Klee. 100 years on from the inception of the Bauhaus, which despite its lasting influence only existed from 1919-1933, Construction House will consider how Bauhaus ideas can be applied to a fundamentally changed world.
At a time when the role of artists and cultural organisations is becoming ever more important in presenting original ideas and independent thought, Construction House
provides a framework for artists to explore their work and approach to artistic practice in relation to this influential movement through connections and collaborations across a broad spectrum of creative activity.