“Enter the Bauhaus: Philosophy of Modern Design” is now open at the German American Heritage Center & Museum, located at 710 W. 2nd Street in Davenport, Iowa. The exhibit is open now until May 26, 2019. The installation introduces viewers to Walter Gropius, the man behind the philosophy and, eventually, a school that defines and teaches the art and ideas behind Bauhaus. Bauhaus has not only influenced modern design, but has became a category of style all on its own.
The Bauhaus School was a German Art School from 1919 – 1933 that desired to recognize and maintain the artistic aspect of craftsmanship within the growing manufacturing industry that was the landscape surrounding it. It taught new ideas that united industry and art, without one being more important than the other.
Out of the school grew many well-known artists including Marcel Breuer, the designer of the Cesca Chair. One we all know and, according to the exhibit, is “One of the 10 most important chairs of the 20th Century”.
There is also an original Wassily Kandinsky featured, a true delight for our area. Alongside this are several original watercolors by Bengt Von Rosen, a Bauhaus student who eventually ended up as a Davenport, Iowa, resident. It is always nice to have a local connection!
In addition to information on Bauhaus artists, there is also discussion of the history of the school. It was in operation during a tumultuous time in history in Germany; and deemed “Degenerate Art” by the Nazis in World War II, it was eventually banned. The political turmoil surrounding the school was the reason behind moving to many different locations and its eventual closing.
The exhibit on Bauhas at the German American Heritage Center & Museum contains fascinating elements of history, philosophy, design, and art with an interactive element to it. I highly recommend a visit. The museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm, Sunday 12-4pm, and closed on Mondays. Admission is $5 for Adults, $4 for Seniors, $3 for Children, and Free for Members.