About the Event

Join Buxton Contemporary, Melbourne University Publishing and Power Publications as they launch the exhibition Bauhaus Now! and the publication Bauhaus Diaspora and Beyond.


About the Exhibition

In the year of its centenary the Bauhaus returns to haunt our museums. How do contemporary artists re-imagine a relationship to this legendary school? Are they scavengers raiding the ruins of modernism, appropriators of ‘good design’ kitsch or acolytes of an unholy sect? Bauhaus Now! explores its legacy in Australia—both for contemporary artists and for art education—highlighting its visionary, collectivist ideals and its radical practices.

Mondspiel, the ground floor installation by Mikala Dwyer and Justene Williams, is part resurrection and part zombie dance. The first-floor gallery displays rare Bauhaus archival material from the two former Bauhaus students exiled to Australia, Gertrude Herzger-Seligmann and Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack. Reconstructions by kinetic artists Michael Candy and Christopher Handran will demonstrate the celebrated Bauhaus experiments with colour and light, in Hirschfeld-Mack’s Colour-Light Plays (Farbenlichtspiele) and Moholy-Nagy’s Light Space Modulator.

The recent Bauhaus Weaving of Elizabeth Pulie and Rose Nolan’s constructions are both made from the cast-off litter of domestic life. Other artists in this exhibition channel colour theory, like Peter D Cole’s miniature multiples, Jacky Redgate’s experiments with colour, light and photography, and Shane Haseman’s performance Triadic Dance of the Secondaries. Students across art, design and architecture schools will collaborate in a parade and exhibit a series of abstract toys.


Exhibition curated by

Ann Stephen



Mikala Dwyer & Justene Williams
Gertrude Herzger-Seligmann
Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack
Paul Klee
Michael Candy
Peter D Cole
Christopher Handran
Shane Haseman
Rose Nolan
Elizabeth Pulie
Jacky Redgate


Event details

25 July 2019, 6–8pm

Buxton Contemporary
Cnr Southbank Boulevard & DoddsSt
Southbank, Victoria, Australia







About the Book

Bauhaus Diaspora and Beyond: Transforming Education through Art, Design and Architecture presents an extraordinary new Australasian cultural history. It is a migrant and refugee story: from 1930, the arrival of so many émigré, internee and refugee educators helped to transform art, architecture and design in Australia and New Zealand. Fifteen thematic essays and twenty individual case studies bring to light a tremendous amount of new archival material in order to show how these innovative educators, exiled from Nazism, introduced Bauhaus ideas and models to a new world. As their Bauhaus model spanned art, architecture and design, the book provides a unique cross-disciplinary, émigré history of art education in Australia and New Zealand. It offers a remarkable and little-known chapter in the wider Bauhaus venture, which has multiple legacies and continues to inform our conceptions of progressive education, creativity and the role of art and design in the wider community.



Contributors: Philip Goad, Ann Stephen, Andrew McNamara, Harriet Edquist, Isabel Wünsche
RRP $64.99 AUD
125 colour images
115 black & white images
288 pp
270 x 230 mm

A co-publication from Melbourne University Publishing and Power Publications.

For more information about the book and to purchase a copy, click here


Marni Williams, Publications Manager
Power Publications
The University of Sydney
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