The bauhaus imaginista series of exhibitions and events highlights the impact and reception of the Bauhaus across major geopolitical transformations of the 20th century. The Bauhaus was in contact with like-minded individuals and institutions throughout the world, where it encountered similar movements that had arisen independently of it, and that lent the Bauhaus itself strong stimuli. Realized by the Bauhaus Cooperation Berlin Dessau Weimar, the Goethe-Institut, and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, with partner institutions in eight countries, bauhaus imaginista explores these interconnections. Four separately developed exhibitions will be shown at art and design museums, and institutions in China, Japan, Russia and Brazil. The exhibitions are organized together with the local Goethe-Instituts and complemented by discursive events such as workshops and symposia in India, the United States, Morocco, and Nigeria.
The curators and artistic directors of bauhaus imaginista, Marion von Osten and Grant Watson, are developing the project in cooperation with a team of international researchers, artists and designers. bauhaus imaginista focuses on reciprocal dialogue and exchange between the Bauhaus, its students and teachers with non-European Modernisms. The Bauhaus pedagogy and design practice spread worldwide throughout a network, integrated and developed into diverse social and cultural contexts. It corresponded with local art and design movements as well as with processes of decolonization. For the first time on this scale, bauhaus imaginista explores the global history of the Bauhaus, the effects of which continue to this day.
bauhaus imaginista is a collaboration between the Bauhaus Cooperation Berlin Dessau Weimar, the Goethe-Institut and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin.