The Whole World a Bauhaus

February 16 - April 20, 2019

This internationally traveling exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus, a legendary German school that revolutionized the parameters of art, the crafts, and technology. While it existed for only 14 short years (1919-1933), its influence shaped modern thinking and artistic approaches to industrialization. Bauhaus instructors included some of the most famous Modern artists and architects including Mies van der Rohe, Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky, Josef and Anni Albers, Paul Klee, László Moholy-Nagy, Lily Reich, and more. Many of the influential figures and others involved at the Bauhaus left Germany and spread the school's lessons internationally. The exhibition The Whole World a Bauhaus, titled after a quote by student and teacher Fritz Kuhr, includes art and design pieces by select instructors and students as well as photographs and documents that convey the spirit of the Bauhaus. One hundred years after its founding, the modern ideals of the school spread the globe and are still integrated in today's interdisciplinary approaches to the arts. 

The Whole World a Bauhaus is divided into eight different chapters, each focusing on an aspect of work and life at the Bauhaus during its operation: Art, Crafts, and Technology; Floating; Community; Encounters; The Total Work of Art; New Man; Radical Pedagogy; and Experiment. These sections highlight the work students did in their revolutionary workshops with industrial materials and processes, the school’s major impact on the international avant-garde, and how the students and instructors sought to rethink their world.

The Elmhurst Art Museum is the only U.S. venue of the touring exhibition The Whole World a Bauhaus curated by Boris Friedewald.

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This exhibition is part of the Year of German-American Friendship initiated by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe-Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI).

 

Related Programs

Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 1:30pm

Lecture: Margret Kentgens-Craig

On the occasion of this traveling exhibition and the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, scholar Kentgens-Craig will expand on the legacy of the legendary school and its lasting effects in the United States. 

Kentgens-Craig is adjunct associate professor of architecture at the NCSU College of Design and former head of the department of archives and collections at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, in Germany. She is the author of several books of the Bauhaus including The Bauhaus and America: first contacts 1919-1936 and The Bauhaus in America: the modernist émigrés and their influence on American architecture, interiors, and design, 1920-1940.

This lecture is part of the Year of German-American Friendship initiated by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe-Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI).

Free with museum admission or current membership

Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 1:00pm

Family Day Workshop

We invite you and your family to participate in hands-on art activities inspired by the Bauhaus and our current exhibition.

Free with museum admission or current membership


Saturday, March 16, 2019 - 1:30pm

Teen Design Competition Workshop

Just as Bauhaus students were encouraged to use the materials and technologies of their day, teens will be introduced to a variety of methods to fabricate their creative designs in advance of the Teen Design Competition on April 13th. Design professionals will teach skills and provide advice on how to construct their projects. Teens interested in all media are encouraged to attend.

Sponsored by the OPUS Foundation

Saturday, April 6, 2019 - 1:00pm

Family Day Workshop

We invite you and  your family to participate in hands-on art activities inspired by the Bauhaus and our current exhibition.

Free with museum admission or current membership

Sunday, April 7, 2019 - 1:00pm

Lecture: “Bauhaus Translated : Transcultural Encounters with the Avant-garde school”

Dr. Regina Bittner will give a talk on the global impact of the Bauhaus. She is the Head of the Academy of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and responsible for the conception and teaching of the postgraduate programs for design, Bauhaus and architectural research. 

Bittner has curated numerous exhibitions on the Bauhaus and the cultural history of modernism. Her work focuses on: international architecture and urban research, modernity and migration, cultural history of modernity and heritage studies. The results of her research and teaching are published in numerous publications. She studied cultural sciences and art history at the University of Leipzig and holds a doctorate from the Institute of European Ethnology of the Humboldt University Berlin.

This program is part of the Year of German-American Friendship initiated by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Goethe-Institut, and supported by the Federation of German Industries (BDI).

Co-organized with Northwestern University and Elmhurst College

Free with museum admission or current membership

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 4:30pm

Teen Design Competition

Drop off: 10 AM - 12 PM

Reception: 3:30 PM

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, we invite area teens to submit their own architecture and design proposals. This juried competition will be on view at the museum, and will celebrate creative design of today’s young creatives. Designed objects in any 3D medium are welcome, the use of today’s industrial materials and technologies is encouraged.

Sponsored by the OPUS Foundation


Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 6:00pm

Soiree 2019: Bauhaus 100

Join us for the Elmhurst Art Museum’s Soirée 2019, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus-a legendary school in Germany and the subject of an exhibition at the museum. Mies van der Rohe was the final director of the Bauhaus before it closed and its ideals spread the globe.

EAM’s 2019 Soiree, presented by EAM’s Sustaining Fellows, will include cocktails, a multi-course dinner, entertainment, and live and silent auctions filled with artworks by established and emerging artists as well as a fabulous selection of vacations and experiences.

Proceeds will be used to help the Elmhurst Art Museum enrich people’s lives by deepening their knowledge of art, architecture and design, increasing their understanding of the relevance of visual art in our society and sparking the development of individual creativity.

Tickets and Tables on Sale Now

Patron Table $5,000
Patron Table buyers will receive recognition on Soiree print materials, projector screens, a 1/2 page ad in the program, and the museum's donor wall. Each table includes 10 seats to entertain your guests or business associates.