Under the Motto “Rethinking the World”, the nationwide Bauhaus Association 2019, together with ten federal states invited people to rediscover the historical testimonies of the Bauhaus as well as its significance for the present and future.
The title of our Exhibition goes back to an insight by Karl-Ernst Osthaus (1874 - 1921). One of the most important German art patrons and art collectors of the early 20th century and who, as a great patron of Walter Gropius, can also be seen as a pioneer of the Bauhaus.
The meaningful and straightforward sentence by Karl Ernst Osthaus - “Example is everything” - sums up his idea of implementing artistic ideas in everyday life and thus bringing art and life into harmony.
With this trend-setting thought, he already anticipated the goals of the Bauhaus. Osthaus also used the growing medium of photography to document evidence of historical and modern architecture as well as to illustrate the urban planning requirements of an industrial city with examples of successful implementations and thus make them known.
Osthaus’s first cultural project in Hagen was the establishment of a museum, which bore the name Folkwang Museum. Between 1898 and 1902, the Berlin architect Carl Gérard erected the museum building in the neo-Renaissance style, which today houses the Osthaus Museum.
Following Osthaus’ motto, a “work in progress” had been created in the Young Museum in the Osthaus Museum, in close cooperation with the Royal Photographic Society Germany Chapter.
For the “work in progress”, visitors were able to attach their photos with explanatory texts to surfaces provided for this purpose and thus actively participated.
To inspire visitors for their participation in the “work in progress”, the Society’s photographers had devoted themselves throughout 2019 to present their individually focused view of the contemporary Hagen architecture and everyday culture related to following topics:
Tradition - Multi-Cultural
The aim was to show whether the selected location has succeeded in shaping building culture and the associated everyday culture in a positive sense because even today we are once again faced with significant urban challenges due to the changing Society.
In total, the members of the Chapter submitted 162 photographs related to 38 specific themes.
After a final selection, by Dr Elisabeth May, Manager of the Junges Museum and Dr Birgit Schulte, deputy Director and custodian of the Osthaus Museum, who was co-curator of the Exhibition, 11 themes with 22 corresponding photographs and its individual statement of intents participate in the Exhibition.
The Exhibition was shown from 7 November 2019 to 19 January 2020 at the Junges Museum in Hagen.
Furthermore, some of the photographs were transferred to the exhibition “Zukunft Jetzt” (Future Now), which will be shown at the LWL-Industriemuseum TextilWerk in Bocholt from 5 May to 25 October 2020. The Exhibition presents educational projects created on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus in North Rhine-Westphalia.