100 years of bauhaus III: landeskunstschule hamburg preliminary course 1930–1933: Fritz Schleifer | Alfred Ehrhardt

July 13 to September 15, 2019

Curators: Hans Bunge, Dr. Christiane Stahl
Opening: Friday, July 12, 2019, 7-9 pm

Student works from the preliminary classes taught by Fritz Schleifer at the Landeskunstschule Hamburg between 1930–33 are presented in an exhibition in their original form or as photographs.

Fritz Schleifer studied from 1922–1924 at the Bauhaus in Weimar under Oskar Schlemmer and Wassily Kandinsky and also knew other master instructors well including Lyonel Feininger. The Bauhaus logo in use since that time can be traced back one of Schleifer’s designs. Following his architectural studies in Munich and professional activities at various architectural firms in Hamburg, he was hired, as was Alfred Ehrhardt, in 1930 as a “freelance artistic instructor” to teach the newly introduced classes at the Landeskunstschule Hamburg. At the time, its new director Max Sauerlandt expected the hiring of both former Bauhaus students to provide new impulses reflective of Bauhaus pedagogy.

In 1933, Sauerlandt, Schleifer, and Ehrhardt were immediately dismissed. What had not already been destroyed of the student work was sent to the Reichskammer der bildenden Künste [Reich Chamber of Fine Arts] in Berlin in 1937 “as evidence of cultural decline.”

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