The Bauhaus @ Arts Déco
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is showing an interesting exhibition on the too little known Bauhaus, literally in German the “House of construction”, an artistic laboratory and school in the 1920s in Germany.
What do artists like Kandinsky, Chagall, Chirico, Fernand Léger, Paul Klee have in common? They all belonged or related to the Bauhaus, a multi-art school founded in Germany after WWI (1919) and closed in 1932 with the rise of Hitler. But the Bauhaus was much more than a school for painting: it encompassed several workshops, each of which was dedicated to a specific art (ceramics, weaving, architecture, photography, scuplpture, metal carving, and even dramatic art and staging).
The exhibition is not exactly a traditional art exhibition, it aims to show the spirit, the essence of the school. As a visitor, you will understand the human and social purposes, as well as the artistic bases and the historical context of the undertaking.
The first two rooms show the roots and influences, from the Middle Ages to the English 19th century artistic movement “Arts and Crafts” and the Art Nouveau, including Klimt. Then the visitor is introduced to the spirit of the school, including the social engagement (to create beauty for all), community-based utopia and organization (every student had to attend a first year of introductory class to reach a consistent level). Then, there is one room dedicated to each workshop, with a detailed explanation and many works on display. The history of the school is also presented (how it changed directors and moved from Weimar to Dessau and then Berlin). The last rooms explain how the school had to close in 1932 (a true tragedy to the visitor!) with the rise of the Nazi party, and how it has had influences in the whole world up to now.
€10 to €15Accessibility:
Monday Am - Monday Pm
Address: 107, rue de Rivoli - 75001 - Paris