Bauhaus International at Sydney College of the Arts

5 August 2011

Model of Kasimir Malevic's 'Architekton Gota', 1922, made by students of Prof W Knoll, University of Stuttgart. [Image: Hans-Joachim Heyer & Boris Miklautsch, University of Stuttgart]
Model of Kasimir Malevic's 'Architekton Gota', 1922, made by students of Prof W Knoll, University of Stuttgart. [Image: Hans-Joachim Heyer & Boris Miklautsch, University of Stuttgart]

In an exciting collaboration, the Sydney College of the Arts is joining forces with the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations) in cooperation with Goethe-Institut Australien, and the Art Gallery of NSW in a breathtaking show of Bauhaus-inspired architecture Neues Bauen International 1927/2002, and a rare screening of films by Bauhaus artist Lazlo Maholy Nagy.

Neues Bauen International forms part of the AGNSW and Berlin Sydney's fascinating program of events that looks at Germany at the start of the 20th century and includes The Mad Square: Modernity in German art 1910-37, which opens on 6 August at the AGNSW.

Professor Colin Rhodes, Dean of Sydney College of the Arts, says that the contemporary art school has enjoyed a long relationship with German artists, designers and architects, and is the perfect host location for this significant Bauhaus event.

"At a time when Sydney is celebrating the achievements of German modernism," he said, "we are led to reflect on the especially strong impact of the Bauhaus on our built environment, design aesthetic and visual art practices.

"From Weimar in 1919, to Sydney in 2011, the conversation about the contemporary and creativity continues.

"Along with the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, the SCA will engage in a program of exhibition and conversation that explores the Bauhaus international legacy."

Neues Bauen International 1927/2002 is curated by Professor Karin Kirsch, an Honorary Professor from Hochschule f. Technik, in Stuttgart, Germany.

The show is based on an exhibition in Germany's Stuttgart in 1927 and highlights buildings that were ahead of their time while showing how forward-looking architects attempted to improve people's standard of living through new ideas, buildings and concepts. This exhibition reveals a stunning overview of the icons of early modern architecture.

A special program of experimental short films by Bauhaus professor and artist Lazlo Maholy Nagy, curated by SCA's Ryszard Dabek, is conceived of as a filmic counterpoint to exhibition and will be screened on the opening night.

The exhibition launch will also feature German inspired music, performed by students from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

And in another Bauhaus-inspired show, Utility: Our House, Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, curated by Jan Guy, is an exhibition of objects from students and staff from the Object Art and Design Studios, that through collaboration and cross-disciplinary praxis, generates contemporary views and attitudes to the domestic object in the craft and design disciplines, and reconsiders the Bauhaus concept of the Total Work of Art.

Event details

What: Neues Bauen International 1927/2002

When: 5 August to 31 August. Opening hours Monday to Friday 11am to 5pm, Saturday 11am to 4pm

Where: Sydney College of the Arts, Rozelle. See map and directions

Cost: Free

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