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. 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
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
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
Young Bauhaus students feature in a dramatic overhead photograph. The poster was made for an exhibition at the Bauhaus Dessa in 2003
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
Design: Lutz Schöbe
Colour at the Bauhaus: Synthesis and Synesthesia
As you can see, this is a back-to-front poster. The top image shows it as it actually is, but the bottom image shows it mirror-reversed. The exhibition about colour was at the Bauhaus Dessau in 1996-97.
Farbe am Bauhaus – Synthese und Synästhesie
Robert Wilson lecture and performance.
This poster for the Bauhaus Dessau, celebrates an event in 2003 by Robert Wilson, the famed US stage director, playwright and collaborator with Philip Glass on Einstein on the Beach.
Robert Wilson – Vortrag und Performance zu werk und Person
. Design: Typografiski.de
Music at the Bauhaus
The circles, san serif letters and geometric layout suggest that these posters reference the 1960s Musica Viva posters of the Swiss designer Josef Müller-Brockmann, The posters were for the Bauhaus Dessau in 2008.