To coincide with the centenary of the Bauhaus, a major exhibition entitled ‘max bill. bauhaus constellations’ opens at Hauser & Wirth Zürich on 9 June 2019. Curated by Dr Angela Thomas Schmid, President of the Max Bill Georges Vantongerloo Stiftung, the exhibition explores the dynamic dialogues with the group of artists Bill met at the influential German school. The Bauhaus period had a lasting impact on Bill who creatively developed the ideas he encountered there throughout his oeuvre. Works from the artist’s own collection are presented in combination with archive materials he assembled during his lifetime. The artists featured alongside Bill include Josef Albers, Lyonel Feininger, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, László Moholy-Nagy, Kurt Schwitters, Oskar Schlemmer, Sophie Taeuber-Arp and Georges Vantongerloo.
Max Bill was a great Swiss polymath: an artist, architect, industrial designer, graphic designer, and teacher. He attended the Bauhaus where he was taught by Josef Albers, László Moholy-Nagy, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky and Oskar Schlemmer. Bill remained closely associated with the Bauhaus school and was a key figure in developing and propagating its principles, especially through his professorship at the Kunstgewerbeschule Zürich and as a founder of the Ulm School of Design. Through his pursuit of a new visual language that could be understood by the senses alone, Bill defined the conventions of Swiss design for decades to come. His influence spread even as far as South America, where he was a catalyst for the Concrete Art movement.
Scritto da Zero Zurich