~ Carmody Groarke// Bauhaus: Art as Life at The Barbican Art Gallery

Situated in the Barbican Art Gallery, "Bauhaus: Art as Life" is the largest exhibition focusing on the iconic art school to be held in the UK for almost 40 years. Carmody Groarke collaborated with APFEL to create an architectural installation of elemental forms, crafted around a bespoke way of viewing a collection of over 400 pieces, allowing the visitor to interpret many overlapping stories about the Bauhaus, and also presenting the Barbican Art Gallery in an altogether fresh way. Each and every artefact, drawing, film, costume and painting has been given individual consideration within the overall experience of the Bauhaus' history through the lives of the characters that made the Schools and its work.
Graphically, the show's design has been informed by Bauhaus principles of colour, structure and typography, with brightly coloured walls, bold panels and super graphics conspiring to draw together exhibits, themes and ideas. The typeface used throughout the exhibition, FF Bau (designed by Christian Schwartz and commissioned by Erik Spiekermann), is a contemporary revival of Breite Grotesk, a letterpress face largely used within the Bauhaus itself.

Exemplar works from such Bauhaus Masters as Josef and Anni Albers, Marianne Brandt, Marcel Breuer, Walter Gropius, Johannes Itten, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Hannes Meyer, László Moholy-Nagy, Oskar Schlemmer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Gunta Stölzl, will be presented alongside works by lesser-known Bauhaus artists and students.

Images courtesy of Carmody GroarkePhotography: Luke Hayes 
See the exhibiton at the Barbican