Kunsthalle Darmstadt

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The Kunsthalle Darmstadt ist Parcours Partner of the B3 Biennial of the Moving Image 2019.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary program of the Bauhaus, the international group exhibition Bauhaus and Photography. On a New Vision in Contemporary Art (29 September 2019 - 01 January 2020) examines how the experimental visual language of the Bauhaus artists continues to influence the further development of artistic strategies, especially photographic strategies. On show are works by thirteen established contemporary artists as well as students from the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences and the Technical University of Nuremberg, which formally and content-wise tie in with the works of New Vision. On October 17, filmmaker Nico Weber will be showing excerpts from her film series Bauhaus Women which was nominated for the Grimme Prize. Following the screening, she will meet Professor Anja Baumhoff, a pioneer of gender research who examines the distribution of gender roles at the Bauhaus.

Bauhaus Women - Film screening and talk with filmmaker Nico Weber and historian Anja Baumhoff on 17 October, 7.30 pm

On the occasion of 100 years of Bauhaus, the exhibition Bauhaus und die Fotografie. Zum Neuen Sehen in der Gegenwartskunst (Bauhaus and Photography. A New Vision in Contemporary Art) focuses on the influences of Bauhaus art on contemporary photography. As part of the exhibition program and the B3 Biennial of the Moving Image 2019, the Kunsthalle Darmstadt will be screening the film essay Bauhausfrauen. Die vergessenen Pionierinnen einer Kunstbewegung (Bauhaus Women. The forgotten pioneers of an art movement) (2019, running time 37 min.) The screening will take place on 17 October at 7.30 pm. Afterwards, filmmaker Nico Weber and Dr. Anja Baumhoff, Professor of Art and Design History at the Hochschule Hannover, will discuss in depth the question of gender relations at the Bauhaus.

In her film about the largely unknown Bauhaus women, Nico Weber pays tribute to their work at the State Bauhaus, which existed from 1919 to 1933 and benefited greatly from the work of female students as well as the wives of the Bauhaus masters - above all Ise Gropius and Lucia Moholy. Inspired by the successes in their struggle for equal rights, in particular the introduction of women's suffrage in the year of the founding of the Bauhaus, surprisingly many women began their studies at the new university in Weimar. But even at the otherwise progressive Bauhaus the image of women shaped in the 19th century was to persevere. Despite their outstanding designs, artists such as Anni Albers and Alma Siedhoff-Buscher remained in the second row, and only a few women, the first of them Gunta Stölzl in 1925, made the leap into the men's association of the Master Council as directors of the textile workshop. Nico Weber's film essay about Bauhaus women shows how they went from an euphoric vision of shaping modern living spaces to the sobering realization that, despite all efforts, they were still largely restricted to typical "female" areas such as the weaving class.

After the screening, filmmaker Nico Weber meets Dr. Anja Baumhoff in conversation, who also has her say in the film. Anja Baumhoff studied in Freiburg and Oxford and received her doctorate in social history from Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, USA. Since 2014 she has held the professorship for art and design history at the Hochschule Hannover. Her fundamental research work The Gendered World of the Bauhaus. The Politics of Power at the Weimar Republic's Premier Art Institute, 1919-1932 was published in New York in 2001. The work was the first to systematically examine the role of men and women as well as gender stereotypes at the State Bauhaus. Soon Baumhoff‘s book Der Neue Mann und das Bauhaus will be published, which examines concepts of masculinity in classical modernism using the example of the Bauhaus.

Nico Weber studied philosophy, political science and literature. For more than 20 years, her films for the public broadcasters ARD, ZDF, arte, 3sat, ORF and SRF have regularly transcended boundaries – thematically, dramaturgically and visually. Recently, the artist has positioned herself at the intersection of film and fine arts. Her company NOW COLLECTIVE works with renowned directors of photography and editors, shooting throughout Europe, Asia and the USA. Her documentary Bauhausfrauen is the long version of the 3sat Kulturzeit magazine series of the same name, which was first broadcast in November 2018 and nominated for the Grimme Prize 2019.

About the Exhibition

Bauhaus und die Fotografie. Zum Neuen Sehen in der Gegenwartskunst (Bauhaus and Photography. A New Vision in Contemporary Art) at the Kunsthalle Darmstadt is open to the public from 29 September 2019 to 5 January 2020. Works by thirteen established contemporary artists will be on show, each drawing on the works of New Vision (Neues Sehen) with regards to form and content. The historical reference point for the exhibition curated by Kai-Uwe Hemken (Kunsthochschule Kassel), Christoph Schaden (Technische Hochschule Nürnberg GSO) and Kris Scholz (Hochschule Darmstadt) is the legendary Werkbundschau Film und Foto (FiFo), which caused a sensation in 1929 in Stuttgart, Berlin, Zurich and other cities. Back then, Bauhaus master László Moholy-Nagy curated one room on the history and one on the future of photography. The concept and appearance of those rooms, however, are only documented in fragments. At the Kunsthalle Darmstadt, parts of Moholy-Nagy's exhibition can be experienced as a material and virtual reconstruction. Together with the exhibited photographic works by contemporary artists, the reconstructions enable a dialogue between the historical event and the present.

The exhibition project is supported by the Fonds Bauhaus heute of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the Hessian Ministry of Science and Art and the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. The event Bauhaus Women with Nico Weber and Anja Baumhoff is also part of the program of the B3 Biennial of the Moving Image 2019, which presents a film installation by Nico Weber as well.

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Admission: 5 €, 3 € concessions

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