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May 8, 2012

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Bauhaus: Art as Life

Almost a hundred years have passed since the State Bauhaus in Weimar was founded and yet the resulting design style has lost none of its relevance today. The Barbican Art Gallery in London is currently hosting a comprehensive show on the subject entitled "Bauhaus: Art as Life". It presents around 400 exhibits from the areas of design, architecture, painting, theater and photography. Numerous works by such famous Bauhaus protagonists as Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe illustrate Bauhaus' influence on various art disciplines.


MoMA: language beyond speech

The exhibition "Ecstatic Alphabets / Heaps of Language", which kicks off on May 6 at the MoMA in New York, focuses on language as an independent artistic discipline. First, the significance of language in Modern art is historically categorized on a timeline, represented by drawings, sculptures, audio pieces and books by Henri Chopin to Marcel Duchamp. The second part of the show presents works by 12 contemporary artists including Tauba Auerbach, Trisha Donnelly and Shannon Ebner.


SonderfART: exhibition platform for the art of tomorrow

As a "promoter of young artists", this year too Filser & Gräf, Galerie für Kunst und Design, is offering a presentation platform for talented young designers. From May 10 two of the most renowned German art institutes will engage in artistic dialog at Kultfabrik in Munich. 24 selected students and graduates from the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle and Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig will be showing their creations at the "SonderfART" exhibition, presenting a glimpse at the artistic production of tomorrow.


MAKK: modular architecture

With the rising popularity of prefabricated houses at the latest, the modular construction system found its natural place in contemporary architecture. "Modulares Bauen im digitalen Zeitalter" (Modular construction in the digital age) is also the focus of the "Architecture particles" special exhibition running from May 12 to August 19 at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln (MAKK). An historical consideration of the construction principle and relevant materials is followed by representations of the potential offered by the digital age.


Jeff Koons: Pop, kitsch, commerce and a great deal of irony

Inflatable, candy-colored comic figures, giant steel diamonds or the ironic use of the ever recurrent themes of innocence, beauty and sexuality – each may well decide for himself whether Jeff Koons' works are more art or kitsch. Yet what is certain is that his seemingly easily accessible art has made him one of the most successful contemporary artists. As of May 13 Fondation Beyeler in Basel is showing the first Jeff Koons exhibition in Switzerland, which divides his oeuvre into three distinct creative phases: "The New", "Banality" and "Celebration" lead visitors from Koons' beginnings with readymade-like everyday objects to his more recent pieces, some of which remain unfinished to this day.