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bauhaus imaginsta: Moving Away, Hangzhou

bauhaus imaginista is a large international research project with exhibition stations in 2018 including in China, Japan, Russia and Brazil, as well as workshops in Morocco, New York, Lagos and Dehli. It celebrates the transnational legacy and centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus in 1919.

bauhaus imaginista contains four chapters: Corresponding With, Moving Away, Learning From and Still Undead, each chapter is based on one specific Bauhaus object. These objects provide the basic framework for bauhaus imaginista, within which specific themes,historical genealogies, and contemporary debates are developed.

The Bauhaus was not the only institution considered to be a place of reflection on design theories and new practices in the twentieth century; the China Academy of Arts (CAA), one of the China’s oldest art school, represented another design school that was connected with the Bauhaus. bauhaus imaginista presents the exhibition Moving Away at the opening of the China Design Museum. A range of objects, prototypes, archival material, as well as plans and studies of urban projects will be shown alongside original works from the academy’s collection of Chinese modern design. In China, bauhaus imaginista focuses on how universal design principles were developed, adapted, expanded or renewed by designers and architects in different social and political contexts. The exhibition will shed light on the ways in which Bauhaus principles have been discussed, translated and adapted over the course of the twentieth century to the present day including in the former USSR, India, North Korea and China.

During the Bauhaus centenary year 2019, all four chapters of bauhaus imaginista will be shown at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin.


Organizers: China Design Museum of CAA,

Bauhaus Kooperation Berlin Dessau Weimar,

Goethe-Institut, Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Supporters: Federal Government Commissioner for

Culture and the Media in Germany, German Foreign Office, German Federal Cultural Foundation, China

Academy of Art

Media Partners: art.ifeng,,

The Art Newspaper, 3sat, Deutschlandfunk Kultur

China Design Museum of CAA Team:

Curators: Zoe Zhang, Gao Yuan

Graphic Designers: Yu Jiadi, Gong Lin

Documentary Director: Yang Chenxi

Assistants: Luo Yubin, Wang Wenhao

Model Production: Mig Architects, Chen Jiahui, Lv Jierong, Li Jiawen, Yin Ziqun

Proofreading: Wang Yun

Volunteers: Xu Di, Chen Junxi, Chen Tianju, Zhou Xin

bauhaus imaginista Team:

Curators: Marion von Osten, Grant Watson

Curatorial Advice: Regina Bittner

Curatorial Researchers: Suchitra Balasubrahmanyan (Delhi), Thomas Flierl (Berlin), Anja Guttenberger

(Berlin), Eduard Kögel (Berlin), Daniel Talesnik

(Santiago de Chile, Munich)

Production Berlin: Julia Jung, Philipp Krüger, Jonas von Lenthe, Malte Roloff, Annette Schryen, Iris Ströbel,

Franziska Zahl

Exhibition Design: Kooperative für Darstellungspolitik (Berlin)

Graphic Design: Studio Matthias Görlich (Darmstadt)

Press: Hendrik von Boxberg, Viola Noll

Special Thanks to: Goethe-Institut (China)

Lenders: Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Archiv der Moderne; Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau; Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin; Museum Ulm – HfG Archiv; National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad; Industrial Design Center, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay; Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge; Tongji University, Shanghai

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