100 years bauhaus I: Alfred Ehrhardt – Painting, Drawing, Prints

January 12 - April 18, 2019

Curators: Stefanie Odenthal M.A., Dr. Christiane Stahl
Opening: Friday, January 11, 2019, 7-9 pm

On the occasion of the Bauhaus Centenary the Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation will show four exhibitions, which explicitly will be Bauhaus-themed. We will start with the exhibition Alfred Ehrhardt—Painting, Drawing, Prints that focuses on Ehrhardt not as a photographer, but as a painter and graphic artist. A special focus will be on his work dating from his Bauhaus period, which is being presented in Berlin for the first time since his solo exhibition at Meisterhaus Schlemmer in Dessau in 2007.

In Dessau during the winter semester of 1928–29 Alfred Ehrhardt got to know the Bauhaus masters Josef Albers, Oskar Schlemmer, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Lyonel Feininger, who had a deep impact on his artistic work as well as his future teaching activities.

His abstract compositions, created in tempera on masonite, elucidate the “material sensitivity” that Ehrhardt acquired through a focused study of nature’s manifestations and laws – as taught at the Bauhaus. Using various tools such as spatulas or the tip of his brush to create his paintings, he incorporated the structure of the painting ground, producing an interplay of filigree line frameworks and impasto color surfaces. Only on occasion can a concrete figuration in his painted collages be made out from the geometric elements, such as a Paul Klee-like standing figure, or a Kandinsky-esque cosmic landscape.


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