#allrounder Marking the 150th anniversary of Peter Behrens’ birthday
Museum of applied arts, Cologne
17 March to 1 July 2018
As a pioneer of modern architecture and design in Germany, Peter Behrens, who would have turned 150 on 14 April 2018, dominated the art, architecture and design history of the 20th century. The architecture bureau that he ran became particularly significant, since architects worked there who later became famous, such as Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier.
The focus of the exhibition is on the stylistic change from the “Jugendstil” period to early realism. Eight themed spaces will show around 220 objects, including works that were long considered to have been lost, or which are being presented to the public for the first time.
Peter Behrens – Kunst und Technik
LVR-Industriemuseum Peter-Behrens-Bau in Oberhausen
From 28 April 2018
In the building designed by Behrens himself, a newly-designed permanent exhibition about the architect and designer is on display. It presents architecture models specially created from original designs, as well as current and historical photographs of his buildings. The spectrum ranges from Behrens’ early residential building in Darmstadt to his late works, such as the tobacco factory in Linz. These are supplemented by numerous exhibits from the LVR Industriemuseum collection, including early household items from the Jugendstil period or technical appliances for well-known companies such as AEG and Villeroy & Boch, and exhibits on loan from other institutes and from private collectors.
Peter Behrens. Das Praktische und das Ideale
Kaiser Wilhelm Museum Krefeld
18 May to 14 October 2018
For the first time, the art museums in Krefeld are taking a new look at their extensive Behrens works, together with the preserved correspondence between Peter Behrens and the founding director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Friedrich Deneken, and are presenting them in an exhibition. Behrens’ journey from Jugendstil artist to pioneering designer of the modern age is the focus of the presentation, as is the early corporate design that he developed for the Anker Werke factory in Delmenhorst and as the designer of all products of the A.E.G. company.
K20 Grabbeplatz, Düsseldorf
9 June to 9 September 2018
The Düsseldorf K20 Grabbeplatz art collection presents an unusual artist in the form of Anni Albers, who studied with Bauhaus in the 1920s and who produced most of her varied work at the loom. The wife of Josef Albers combined ancient cultural techniques with modern artistic practice and established the weaving technique as a full art form without neglecting its useful aspects. Today, she is regarded as the most important female Bauhaus artist.
Josef Albers. Interaction
Villa Hügel, Essen
16 June to 07 October 2018
For the first time in 30 years, this exhibition offers a major show of this artist, who was born in Bottrop and who worked as a student and lecturer with Bauhaus. At least 130 works, most of which come from important American collections and the Josef Albers Museum, can be viewed in the Villa Hügel in Essen. The exhibition shows paintings, glass works, photographs, works on paper, furniture and pre-Columbian sculptures. It begins with Albers’ period with Bauhaus and goes on to the American years – the encounter with the landscape and culture of Mexico and the “Homage to the Square” series. The large gallery in the Villa Hügel is entirely dedicated to this famous series of works. By the time of his death, Josef Albers had created more than 2,000 “Homage to the Square” paintings.
Bauhaus und Amerika
LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur in Münster
9 November 2018 to 10 March 2019
Following the closure of Bauhaus in 1932 in Dessau and 1933 in Berlin, numerous Bauhaus artists moved to America, including Josef Albers, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Herbert Bayer. On the one hand, the exhibition presents the development that the artists followed, first in Germany and then in America, and the inspiration they received, and on the other the impact they had on their contemporaries in the USA, internationally and also back in Germany.
The exhibition concentrates not only on positions of Bauhaus and its American follow-up institutions, but also shows works by European artists of the 1950s through to the present day. Since the “Bauhaus Stage” played a key role in modern dance, the museum is also cooperating with the TanzTheaterMünster dance theatre, which transfers the Bauhaus concepts to the present day. As a result, premières of dance performances can be seen in the museum as part of the exhibition.