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Bauhaus twenty-21: An Ongoing Legacy - Photographs by Gordon Watkinson

January 24th – May 1st, 2016
Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center

The exhibition showcases twelve of the most iconic achievements of Bauhaus architecture built before 1933. Each of the buildings is featured in conjunction with a project built in this century by a group of up-and-coming as well as internationally prominent practitioners.

Bauhaus twenty-21 illustrates the enduring philosophies of the Bauhaus in twenty-first century architecture. By creating a visual as well as theoretical dialogue between the timeless modernism of Bauhaus architecture and the visions of contemporary practitioners, the exhibition offers a unique perspective on Bauhaus design philosophy and its relevance in today’s society -- from the use of prefabricated housing techniques to create affordable housing, to early ideas in what is today sustainable architecture.

Gordon Watkinson, Walter Gropius, Bauhaus Building, Bauhaus Sign, Dessau, Germany, 1999, inkjet print, (c) Gordon Watkinson
Gordon Watkinson, Guldbergsgade House, Ingvartsen Arkitekter, 2008 Copenhagen, Denmark, inkjet print, (c) Gordon Watkinson, 2008
Gordon Watkinson, Skywood House, Graham Phillips, 2000, Denham, UK, inkjet print, (c) Gordon Watkinson, 2008
Gordon Watkinson, Villa Tugendhat, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, 1930, Brno, Czech Republic, inkjet print, (c) Gordon Watkinson / VG Bild-Kunst, 2005

The exhibition showcases twelve of the most iconic achievements of Bauhaus architecture built before 1933. Each of the buildings is featured in conjunction with a project built in this century by a group of up-and-coming as well as internationally prominent practitioners.

Bauhaus twenty-21 illustrates the enduring philosophies of the Bauhaus in twenty-first century architecture. By creating a visual as well as theoretical dialogue between the timeless modernism of Bauhaus architecture and the visions of contemporary practitioners, the exhibition offers a unique perspective on Bauhaus design philosophy and its relevance in today’s society -- from the use of prefabricated housing techniques to create affordable housing, to early ideas in what is today sustainable architecture.

In addition to the sections dedicated to the twenty-four architectural projects, the exhibition presents a contemporary setting showcasing re-editions of Bauhaus furniture and objects designed before 1933 and still manufactured today by companies such as Knoll, Tecnolumen, and Thonet. These installations invite the visitors to interact and consciously experience a unique environment specifically conceived for the exhibition, capturing the timeless character of these early twentieth century designs in a contemporary context.

The fully illustrated catalogue for this exhibition is available for purchase at the Palm Springs Art Museum Store (760-322-4830) and at the Bradford W. Bates Vault: Museum Design Store (760-322-4897).

The exhibition is organized by

Under the patronage of

With the kind support of

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Bauhaus twenty-21: An Ongoing Legacy − Photographs by Gordon Watkinson is organized by Foto+Synthesis.

The Palm Springs showing is funded in part by Presenting Sponsor Eisenhower Medical Center.
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Additional support provided by the museum’s Architecture and Design Council and Photography Collection Council, John P. Monahan, and L.J. Cella.

A+D Center Exhibitions Sponsors: John Boccardo and Derek Esplin.

Exhibition Season Sponsors: Dorothy Meyerman and Marion & Bob Rosenthal.