The first Virtual Exhibition created by the documenta archiv explores the question in which way Bauhaus concepts have inscribed themselves in the documenta idea.


Arnold Bode is at the center of attention. The founder of documenta encountered the ideas of Bauhaus as early as the 1920s and not only applied these in his own product designs, exhibition displays and print designs, but also selected many Bauhaus artists for the first documenta exhibitions. The pedagogical focus of Bauhaus and its practice-orientated concepts of implementation corresponded with his awareness of the social responsibility of art. For him, the Bauhaus ideas were testimony to a democratically oriented modernity and were intended to enable post-war Germany to revive a historically unencumbered tradition.


Bode's companions are also going to be introduced such as Fritz Winter, a student at Bauhaus, later professor at the Kasseler Kunsthochschule and contributor of early documenta exhibitions, or Werner Haftmann, art historian and leading theorist of the first three documenta exhibitions.


The virtual exhibition will present images of art works, photographs, texts, drafts and press clippings; and for the first time this format will set the ideas of Bauhaus and documenta in relation to each other. In addition to the works exhibited by Bauhaus artists, the wall of portraits and the architecture tableau of the first documenta will be reconstructed. Short texts will elaborate on the biographies of the artists, exhibition organizers and their companions, the institutions involved, and the exhibited works of the Bauhaus artists.


The Virtual Exhibition is part of the project "Bauhaus | documenta"


Curator: Birgit Jooss