Elfriede Stegemeyer Photographs

IMG_5125 Elfriede Stegemeyer Bauhaus poster                                        This poster is for an exhibition of photographs by German photographer, painter and film artist Elfriede Stegemeyer, 1908-88. Though never a Bauhaus student, her work reflects the experimental approach to photography championed there by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Herbert Bayer. Tragically, most of her work was destroyed in an Allied bombing raid in 1943, and after the war she turned to painting and drawing, working under the name Elde Steeg.

The poster publicizes an exhibition at the Bauhaus Dessau in 1999. There is no designer credit. It has a symmetrical layout which, strictly speaking, is at odds with the principals of asymmetrical layout dictated by The New Typography style which the poster reflects.

Elfriede Stegemeyer Fotografien

Rudolf Ortner, a Bauhaus student today

Rudolf Ortner architekt Bauhausler

Rudolf Ortner – a Bauhaus Student Today. Paintings, Objects, Sculptures, Photographs

Rudolf Ortner (1912-97) was a celebrated artist and architect who trained at the Bauhaus in its final years, 1932-33 in both Dessau and Berlin. He later studied painting at the former Bauhaus in Weimar thus linking his career to all three incarnations of the school. As indicated by this 1997 exhibition poster for the Leonhardi Museum in Dresden, he was an exponent of Art Concret (Konrete Kunst).

Rudolf Ortner – ein Bauhausschüler Heute. Bilder, Objekte, Skulpturen, Fotografie


                                       Design: Ott+Stein

Bauhaus-Archiv : Museum of Design

The design partnership Ott+Stein made several posters for the Bauhaus-Archiv in Berlin, starting in the 1980s; this one is from 1986. The geometric shapes are based on the roof formation at the Bauhaus-Archiv which was co-designed by Walter Gropius, founder of the original Bauhaus.

Bauhaus-Archiv : Museum für Gestaltung

What is the Bauhaus worth (today)?

IMG_5010Design: Cyan

The Price of History – What is the Bauhaus worth [today].

The poster is by the German design studio Cyan, one of the most innovative and influential studios of recent decades. It is typical of their Deconstructivist aesthetic: fragmented, busy, but with an underlying sense of structure. This poster was for an exhibition in 2001

Preis der Gesschichte – Was ist das Bauhaus (heute) Wert?

Buckminster Fuller – Your Private Sky

IMG_5119                              Design: Cyan

Your Private Sky: Buckminster Fuller – Design as a Scientific Art

Buckminster Fuller was the legendary American designer, inventor of the Geodesic dome and the Dymaxion car (pictured in the poster). He even has a molecule named after him: Buckminsterfullerene, after its geodesic forms that have applications in nano technology.

This is another poster in the Deconstructivist style by the German design studio Cyan. The client was Bauhaus Dessau in 2001.

Your Private Sky: Buckminster Fuller -Design als Kunst einer Wissenschaft

Bauhaus 1919-1933


Bauhaus 1919-1933 – from the collection of Foundation Bauhaus Dessau

This poster was designed seventy years after the Bauhaus closed yet it shows the Bauhaus principals of graphic layout: asymmetry, grid layout, contrast of type size and colour. There is no designer credit. The exhibition was held in the Masters House shared by Kandinsky and Klee.

Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau 1998

Bauhaus 1919 – 1933 aus den beständen Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau

The Bauhaus weaves

IMG_5122   The Bauhaus Weaves: the textile workshop at the Bauhaus

A photograph of a young Bauhaus textile student, shot through the loom; the flatness of the subject-matter matches the 2D poster itself. Note the extreme contrast between the scale of the photograph and the tiny lettering and note how the yellow lettering stands out from the blue-grey photograph. The poster was for an exhibition in 1999 at the Bauhaus museum in Weimar.

Das Bauhaus Webt – die Textilwerkstatt am Bauhaus


IMG_5173                                       Design: Doppelpunkt

Bauhaus-Archiv Museum of Design

This is an elegant, minimalist design using only type and letterforms. Note the extreme contrast of type. The giant lowercase orange b extends beyond the edge of the poster, and the line of tiny white type runs edge-to-edge across the middle. The colour contrast is provided by blue/orange (Complementary Colours), and black/white.

The design is by Doppelpunkt (double point), a German design studio. The poster publicized Berlin’s Bauhaus-Archiv.

Bauhaus-Archiv Museum für Gestaltung

Workshop of Modernism


Bauhaus Dessau – Workshop of Modernism

A simple eye-catching design, using a student photograph and large Futura type. Futura was designed in the mid-1920s by Paul Renner and has all the properties of Bauhaus functionalism: it’s geometric, modular, minimalist, and it even resembles Marcel Breuer’s tubular steel chairs.

No designer or photographer credits, but the poster was for the Bauhaus Dessau in 2007.

Bauhaus Dessau – Werkstatt der Moderne

Josef Albers

Josef Albers – Works on Paper.

Josef Albers taught the famous Preliminary course at the Bauhaus. His ideas about teaching art were revolutionary, influencing teaching methods up to the present day. He was an analytical colour painter, known for his Homage to the Square series, of which the poster image is an example.

The exhibition was at the Bauhaus Dessau in 1998/99

Josef Albers – Werke auf Papier

Wassili chair


This startling 1926 photograph shows the B3 club chair, the Wassili chair by Marcel Breuer, named after Bauhaus professor Wassili Kandinsky. Both Breuer and Kandinsky were Bauhaus teachers. The chair was a product of functionalist thinking about design, inspired by Breuer’s bicycle.

The photograph was shot by Bauhaus student Erich Consemüller and shows a woman, who is either Bauhaus weaving graduate Lis Beyer or Ise Gropius, wife of Director Walter Gropius. She is wearing a skirt designed by Beyer and a theatre mask by Bauhaus teacher Oscar Schlemmer.

The poster celebrates the Bauhaus Dessau where all this happened.

Eberhard Schrammen

IMG_5183                                            Design: Michael Siebenbrodt

Eberhard Schrammen: Bauhaus student, Painter, Sculptor, Photographer

Schrammen was a student at the Weimar Bauhaus in the early 1920s. His wood sculpture “Mascot” was one of the most popular 3D objects to come out of the school. This poster publicizes an exhibition of his work at the Bauhaus-Museum Weimar in 2004.

Eberhard Schrammen: Bauhäusler, Maler, Formgestalter, Photographer

Bauhaus Möbel

                                               Bauhaus Furniture: a Legend is Visited

This imaginative design was for the Bauhaus-Museum in Weimar in 2003. It shows a strong use of negative space: most of the poster is empty. Note the similarity between the tubular steel shape of the chair and the bending shapes of the typeface. It is called ‘bauhaus’ and is related to Herbert Bayer’s Universal typeface, designed at the Bauhaus in 1925 when he was a professor there.

Bauhaus Möbel – Eine Legende wird Besichtigt

Modell Bauhaus

                                         Design: Boros

Bauhaus A Conceptual Model: the Exhibition

This poster was for an exhibition at Berlin’s Martin-Gropius Bau in 2007. It was later held  at the Museum of Modern Art in New York under the title  Bauhaus: Workshops for Modernity. The design is an abstraction of the big metal sign on the Bauhaus workshop building in Dessau.

Bauhaus City

                                   Collage: Tobias Steinert

A photomontage by Cyan designer Tobias Steinert, representing the city of Dessau where the Bauhaus was located. Its style recalls the experimental art of the 1920s German Dada artists. The poster was for the Bauhaus Dessau in 2009


Bauhaus sport

The photograph was made in 1928 by the young Bauhaus student Lux Feininger, son of the Bauhaus professor Lyonel Feininger. His brother Andreas, who later achieved fame as a photographer in the US, had also been a student there. It was a family affair.

The photograph shows an athlete and a soccer player colliding in a sort of dance. The low angle and graphic shapes mark this as an example of The New Photography which was pioneered at the school. The brand new dormitory building at Dessau is in the background.

The poster was for the Bauhaus-Archiv in Berlin.