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ifa—Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen presents The Whole World a Bauhaus in Taiwan

April 29–July 17, 2022

How did the Bauhaus manage to establish itself as such a revolutionary force in society, education, and design? This subject is the focus of the ifa exhibition The Whole World a Bauhaus. The show, which is divided into eight distinct volumes, focuses on various facets of labor and living at the Bauhaus between 1919 and 1933: The “Floating” part looks at how glass and skeleton frameworks dematerialized architecture, or how the cantilever chair floating in midair came to symbolize a whole design movement. It also analyzes the Bauhaus fascination with themes of weightlessness. The “Experiment” chapter features examples of things created as a result of cutting-edge investigations into materials and space, and whose measurements, proportions, and material testing also served to enable mass manufacture.While the “Total Work of Art” examines the integration of all the arts, as well as of art and science and art and life, the “Community” chapter features important artifacts that provide a glimpse into daily life at the Bauhaus, including the infamous parties. The chapter “New Man” demonstrates how the Bauhaus experimented with a variety of radical new political and philosophical identities in addition to its utopian left-wing ideology. The Bauhaus workshops and the items they produced are described in the chapter “Art, Crafts, Technology,” while the chapter “Radical Pedagogy” examines the structure of the Bauhaus and its methods of instruction. The chapter “Encounters” examines cross-cultural interactions.

Lecture: “The Metal Processing Workshop of the Bauhaus”
Saturday, July 9, 2022, 2pm  
Weng Meng Ruan, metalwork artist 

Lecture: “On Bauhaus Weaving: from Needlework to Modern Design”
Saturday, July 16, 2022, 2pm 

Pei-Shan Wu, Assistant Professor of the Graduate Institute of Applied Arts, Tainan National University of the Arts 

About ifa  
As an independent intermediary organisation, ifa—Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen plays a leading role in international artistic and cultural exchange, and its work helps to shape Germany’s international cultural relations. ifa is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, the state of Baden-Württemberg and the state capital Stuttgart.  

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