The Bauhaus art school was established in 1919 in the Weimar Republic (1919-33) as a pedagogical experiment fusing theory and practice. It had a broad impact in Germany and abroad in the transcultural movement of ideas, people and art works. “Bauhaus Imaginista: Corresponding With” at The Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (MoMAK), surveys German, Japanese and Indian developments in the style of Bauhaus as part of a wider collation of international exhibitions and research in preparation for next year’s centenary anniversary in Berlin.

The first Bauhaus director, Walter Gropius (1883-1969), sought to foment broad social and cultural change. Originally conceived as a student recruitment tool, his “Bauhaus Manifesto” — printed on the verso of a title page featuring the “Cathedral” woodcut by Lyonel Feininger) — is on display. It called for synthesizing crafts with fine arts while recognizing the symbolic and material relevance of handmade objects to redress their public alienation engendered by capitalism’s industrialized mass produced goods.

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