Bauhaus had no less a goal than to combine art and life when it was founded in 1919. This utopia was to be implemented in reality in concrete terms. Art and design were central to this view of the world and played a transformative role. From the very beginning it was a revolutionary enterprise that wished to be generally valid for society on the whole. The Bauhaus involved the transgression of boundaries between the disciplines and genres as well as those between the crafts and industry and nationality. The Bauhaus was a cosmopolitan project with its students and teachers coming from many nations, among them Swiss artist Johannes Itten and Bernese artist Paul Klee. Bauhaus ideas spread throughout the world, transforming the latter after the war. Bauhaus imaginista is devoted to this aspect and focuses on the international presence of the Bauhaus after its historic end in 1933 when it was closed down by the Nazis. The exhibition foregrounds Bauhaus reception in Japan, Brazil, China, Morocco, India, Nigeria, Russia and the United States of America, zeroing in on how, in the different geopolitical regions, local debates and notions about form adopted and transformed Bauhaus concepts and practices, and, not least, led to new institutions and reform movements in other places in the world.
This is a joint project of the Bauhaus Dessau, Weimar and Berlin together with Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin.