200709: Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz: Ahoi Herbert! Bayer and Modernism

Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz: Ahoi Herbert! Bayer and Modernism Linz, Dessau Back then, they laughed. “Ahoi! Christmas 1933”, Herbert Bayer wrote onto a photo depicting him, Xanti Schawinsky and Walter Gropius in a wanton mood. But not everything was merry. His affair with Ise Gropius triggered a crisis, the Bauhaus was closed, problems with the new ruling power were repressed, but it was clear what was coming, and Schawinsky, head of the Bauhaus-jazz band, fled to Switzerland because of his Jewish origin. The Photo and its comment are now the poster theme and the title of a large Bayer retrospective presented at the Lentos. Bayer became the shooting star of advertising art, but already left the Bauhaus in 1928 to work as a graphic designer in Berlin. While on the one hand, Bayer’s typographic works from his Weimar and Dessau days and his surrealistic photomontage of the thirties are the stars of Modernism, his concrete paintings, sculptures, landscaping and architectural projects have rarely been shown in Austria; except his “Organ Fountain” in front of the Bruckner House in Linz, which he created after he had already lived in the USA for decades. But not only Bayer’s late works can be discovered here – also his sovereign oeuvre that matches the Bauhaus concept perfectly: a universal designer, whose work is of equally high quality in all categories and who probably had no ambitions to set any priorities in his work. The exhibition is complemented with rarely displayed pieces by his peers and companions such as Schlemmer, Klee, Kandinsky, Albers, and Moholy-Nagy, and the dance-video with Raquel Welch (!) is a real jewel. This exhibition is a highlight - as well as its top class and inexpensive catalogue. By Iris Meder Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz 4020 Linz, Ernst-Koref-Promenade 1, until 02.08.2009 www.lentos.at

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