Exhibition view of the staircase of the Museum Fridericianum with knitted carpet by Fritz Winter. documenta 2 (1959). Inv.Nr.: docA, MS, d2-DCA-005-18.001-d02.022,  © documenta archiv / Photo: Günther Becker

Bauhaus | documenta: A virtual exhibition

The project “bauhaus | documenta. Vision and Brand”, developed by documenta archiv and the University of Kassel in cooperation with Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, has been under way in Kassel since spring. The exhibition, which is set to run until 8 September, is accompanied by an extensive catalogue and now also features a virtual version which has been available online since last week: How much Bauhaus is in documenta? Seeking traces. Like its analogue counterpart, the virtual exhibition explores the relationship between documenta and Bauhaus, two globally successful cultural brands which were born in the shadow of the social upheaval engendered in the Nazi era and which serve as examples of a modern Germany, evoking the idea of the emancipatory power of art and culture. Through nine stories and 14 close-ups, the exhibition shows the extent to which the first four documenta exhibitions alluded to and were influenced by Bauhaus. In addition to showcasing exhibited works, the virtual tour also takes a look at the important figures and institutions involved in the documenta exhibitions, as well as the visual language and understanding of documenta.

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