bauhaus
imaginista
●Edition 3: Moving Away
Apr. 8–Aug. 26 2018
Ausstellung und Symposium

Hangzhou

  • China Design Museum on the Campus of China Academy of Art, Hangzhou
  • Nanshan Campus Address: 218 Nanshan Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China
  • Xiangshan Campus Address: Zhuantang Straight Street, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China

Exhibition bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away 
China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: bauhaus imaginista, 2018.

Opening of the exhibition bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away 
China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Ye Zhi, © Goethe-Institut. 

Opening of the exhibition bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away 
China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Ye Zhi, © Goethe-Institut. 

Claudia Perren at the opening of the exhibition bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away 
China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Ye Zhi, © Goethe-Institut.

Opening of the exhibition bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away 
China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Ye Zhi, © Goethe-Institut. 

Claudia Perren at the opening of the exhibition bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away 
China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Bao Jia, © Goethe-Institut.

Claudia Perren at the opening of the exhibition bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away 
China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Ye Zhi, © Goethe-Institut. 

Claudia Spahl at the opening of the exhibition bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away 
China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Ye Zhi, © Goethe-Institut. 

Hang Jian at the opening of the exhibition bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away 
China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Ye Zhi, © Goethe-Institut. 

Johannes Ebert at the opening of the exhibition bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away 
China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Ye Zhi, © Goethe-Institut. 

Hannes Meyer and others, Plans for Greater Moscow, 1932, Archiv der Moderne, Weimar
bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut.

bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut.

bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut.

bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut.

bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut.

bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut.

bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut.

bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut.

Bauhaus Dessau carpentry, advertisement carts for Bauhaus carpentry products, ca. 1929, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut.

Marcel Breuer, ein bauhaus-film. fünf jahre lang (a Bauhaus film. 5 years long), 1926
bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut.

Bauhaus Dessau, bauhaus. zeitschrift für gestaltung (magazine of Bauhaus Dessau), 1926–32
bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut.

bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut.

Unknown Bauhaus weaver, Textile sample, 1932, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut.

Marcel Breuer/Thonet AG, Advertisement cards for
tubular steel chairs, 1930–31, Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin
bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou
Photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut.

Marcel Breuer (design) / Gebr. Thonet AG (producer), Tubular steel arm chair B3,
"Wassily Chair", 1930, China Design Museum at CAA
bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut.

Richard Paulick, Model for central railway station in Nanjing, 1945 (model 2008), China Design Museum at CAA
bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut.

Exhibition bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away at the China Design Museum, Hangzhou
Photo: Wan Jinyu Meng Qinwei, © Goethe-Institut.

Exhibition bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away at the China Design Museum, Hangzhou
Photo: Wan Jinyu Meng Qinwei / © Goethe-Institut.

bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut.

Exhibition bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away at the China Design Museum, Hangzhou
​Photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut.

Wils Ebert, Wilhelm Jacob Hess, Cornelius van der Linden, Hubert Hoffmann, Dessau plan,
city analysis for CIAM 4, 1933, gta Archiv, ETH Zürich
bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut.

Klaus Wille, Network of isometric elements (Maldonado preliminary course), 1957–58, HfG Ulm Archiv
bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut.

Dashrath Patel, Teapot and Vase, n.d., National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut.

MP Ranjan, Bamboo Armchair, n.d., National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut.

Marcel Breuer (frame)/Gunta Stölzl (fabric), Slatted chair, 1922, China Design Museum at CAA
bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut.

Marianne Brandt, Lamps, 1926–29, Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou
Photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018.

Marianne Brandt, Lamps, 1926–29, Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou
Photo: Liu Yongge/ © Goethe-Institut, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018.

bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut.

Gunta Stölzl, Blanket from sleeping alcove (Bauhaus Dessau), 1926 / 2000 (reconstruction), Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou
Photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018.

bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut.

bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut.

Alfred Arndt, Folding chair, 1928, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou
Photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018.

Max Bill, Hans Gugelot, Paul Hildinger (design) / HfG Ulm (production), Ulm stool, 1953, China Design Museum at CAA
bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou
Photo: Liu Yongge, © Goethe-Institut, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018.

Walter Gropius (architect) / Ziolkowski/Seilkopf (model), Model of Bauhaus Dessau,
1925–26/1994, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou
​Photo: Wan Jinyu Meng Qinwei, © Goethe-Institut, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018.

Symposium bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Ye Zhi, © Goethe-Institut.

Symposium bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Ye Zhi, © Goethe-Institut.

Symposium bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Ye Zhi, © Goethe-Institut.

Symposium bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away, China Design Museum, Hangzhou, photo: Ye Zhi, © Goethe-Institut.

bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away
8. April bis 8. Juli 2018
Ausstellung und Symposium im
China Design Museum / China Academy of Art, Hangzhou
und Goethe-Institut China

Das Ausstellungskapitel bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away untersucht, wie sich Designdebatten des Bauhauses international fortgesetzt haben. Das Bauhaus entwickelte ein Verständnis von Gestaltung, das die kollektiven Anforderungen und Bedürfnisse der Weimarer Gesellschaft aufnahm und das Wohl der Gemeinschaft und des Individuums fördern wollte. Auf der Basis fortschrittlicher Ideale sollten mit Hilfe wissenschaftlicher Erkenntnisse praktische Lösungen gefunden werden, die in ästhetische und materielle Neudefinitionen von Alltagsobjekten und Raumprogramme übersetzt und in programmatischen Schriften verbreitet wurden. bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away präsentiert, wie die auf universellen Prinzipien beruhenden Gestaltungsvorschläge des Bauhauses in unterschiedlichen kulturellen und politischen Kontexten wie in Indien, China, Nordkorea, der ehemaligen UdSSR und Ungarn konkret weiterentwickelt, angepasst, erweitert oder erneuert wurden.

In China fanden Bauhausideen Eingang durch Architekten wie Richard Paulick (Walter Gropius’ langjähriger Assistent) und Wang Dahong (einer von Gropius’ Studenten), die als Lehrer an der Architekturfakultät der St. John’s University (1942 gegründet), die sich direkt auf die Lehrpläne des Bauhauses bezog, engagiert wurden. Nach 1945 sollten diese beiden Architekten eine entscheidende Rolle in der Entwicklung eines Planes für Groß-Shanghai spielen – ein modernes Stadtplanungsprojekt, das auf rationalen Grundprinzipien aufbaute.

Die Austellung Moving Away ist Teil der Eröffnungsausstellung des China Design Museums (auf dem Campus der China Academy of Art, Hangzhou). Neben einer Vielzahl von Objekten und Prototypen, die zu Zwecken der Kommerzialisierung hergestellt wurden, werden auch Pläne und Studien von Architektur- und Städtebauprojekten zu sehen sein. In einem internationalen Symposium (9. bis 10. April 2018) präsentieren Forscher*innen ihre Ergebnisse zu der engen Beziehung zwischen Design und Architektur am Bauhaus und in Asien.

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●Announcement
Moving Away, Hangzhou — Exhibition in China

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Weaving through Hangzhou and Moving Away

As a correspondent for the bauhaus imaginista project, I was invited to share my impressions and thoughts of the exhibition in Hangzhou. The following text and gif collage is a personal encounter with Moving Away and an attempt to capture the affective dimension of the exhibition. → more

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Documentation of the exhibition installation in China

Documentation of the exhibition installation of bauhaus imaginsta: Moving Away at the China Design Museum of CAA in Hangzhou → more