Traveling exhibition marks the German Bauhaus art school in Taiwan

A new traveling exhibition introduces the German Bauhaus and the ethos of the art school to the people of Taiwan.

The exhibition opened in April and is titled “The Whole World a Bauhaus”, on display in Taiwan – the first Asian country to host the exhibition – until July 17 at the National Taiwan Craft Research and Development Institute (NTCRI ) in central Nantou County.

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the famous German school combining design, craftsmanship and fine arts, founded in 1919, the exhibition has been presented since 2018 in different countries, including Argentina, Mexico, the United States, Uruguay, Germany and Poland.

The exhibition, which examines the thoughts of the Bauhaus and its artisanal aesthetic, was designed to demonstrate how the Bauhaus managed to become such an innovative force in design, education and societies in general.

Divided into eight different chapters, the exhibition focuses on one aspect of work and life at the Bauhaus between 1919 and 1933. It contains around 500 photos, works on paper, models, documents, films, articles and objects.

Meanwhile, 12 speeches will be delivered by German and Taiwanese Bauhaus experts in the capital Taipei, Nantou and southern Tainan city.

Chang Jen-Chi, director of the NTCRI, told a press conference in Nantou on Friday that the Bauhaus spirit of emphasizing craftsmanship, workshops and skills exactly echoes the ideas of the institute. Taiwan founded in 1954.

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