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Get your Bauhaus on with interactive art in the Getty’s new online exhibition

“Bauhaus: Building the New Artist” from the Getty Research Institute marks the 100th anniversary of the famed school.

Color triangle, Vassily Kandinsky, circa 1925–1933. Graphite and gouache on paper, 12.6 inches. "Vassily Kandinsky Papers, 1911–1940." (Getty Research Institute)
Color triangle, Vassily Kandinsky, circa 1925–1933. Graphite and gouache on paper, 12.6 inches. “Vassily Kandinsky Papers, 1911–1940.” (Getty Research Institute)

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the radical German art school known as the Bauhaus, and the Getty Research Institute is commemorating that with two simultaneous shows, one of them an online exhibition titled “Bauhaus: Building the New Artist.”

“Building the New Artist” contains dozens of documents and images not on display at the Getty Center, said Maristella Casciato, senior curator of architecture at the Getty Research Institute, which is based at the center. Three interactive exercises help users soak up the teaching philosophy of the Bauhaus masters.

“I think it’s important for users of the online exhibition to understand how the interaction between those who teach and those who learn is still a valuable experience in our society,” Casciato said. “I want to show that it was playful and joyful, but the teaching was demanding for both the students and the masters.”

The Bauhaus School was founded in Weimar in 1919 by architect Walter Gropius. It became famous for blending theory and practice with the goal of removing the divisions between the fine and applied arts, and the Bauhaus movement’s impact endures in art, architecture, interior design, graphic design and typography.

Gesamtkunstwerk, a total work of art, was the philosophy of the movement, which sought to combine all the arts in pursuit of a fully realized creation. The online exhibition complements the GRI show at the Getty Center titled “Bauhaus Beginnings.”

Without traveling to the Brentwood campus, visitors to the online exhibition can see three sections illuminating Bauhaus curriculum: “Form and Color,” “Matters and Materials” and “Body and Spirit.” Each section has its own interactive experience.

"Farbenkugel in 7 Lichtstufen und 12 Tonen" (Color Sphere in 7 Light Values and 12 Tones), Johannes Itten, 1921. Lithograph. 29.25 inches by 12.7 inches. Bruno Adler, ed., "Utopia: Dokumente der Wirklichkeit," I/II (Weimar, 1921), foldout from inside cover.

“Farbenkugel in 7 Lichtstufen und 12 Tonen” (Color Sphere in 7 Light Values and 12 Tones), Johannes Itten, 1921. Lithograph. 29.25 inches by 12.7 inches. Bruno Adler, ed., “Utopia: Dokumente der Wirklichkeit,” I/II (Weimar, 1921), foldout from inside cover. (Getty Research Institute)

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