A belief was held at the Bauhaus that reshaping the material environment through design education would lead to a reshaped society. The centenary project bauhaus imaginista provides a unique opportunity to think about art and design pedagogy and its relation to society, taking a transnational perspective. While the project’s main point of departure is the Bauhaus, effort has been taken to avoid obscuring other important educational projects, or thinking exclusively in terms of unidirectional Bauhaus influence. Certain schools may have developed a Bauhaus-style pedagogy through émigré figures, but others worked in parallel or agonistically to a Bauhaus model. The New Delhi symposium will address the relationship between art and design education, culture and society through contemporary and historical Indian examples, including research on Kala Bhavan in the 1920s and 1930s, the National Institute of Design in the 1960s and 70s, as well as more recent educational projects.
The symposium on art and design education is curated by Grant Watson (London) and Marion von Osten (Berlin), in collaboration with Suchitra Balasubrahmanyan (Delhi), Anshuman Dasgupta (Santiniketan), Natasha Ginwalla (Berlin/Colombo) and with Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan New Delhi.