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Hubert Hoffmann - All Architecture is Spatial Art

Venue: Neue Galerie Graz, Austria
Date: March 26th 2015, 7 p.m.
Organizer: Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz

The exhibition Hubert Hoffmann - All Architecture is Spatial Art for the first time summed up research on the architectural and educational practice of Hubert Hoffmann in retrospective way. In 1959, Hubert Hoffmann was appointed Head of the Department for Urban Development and Design at the University of Technology in Graz. Having studied at the Dessau Bauhaus at the end of the 1920s , Hoffmann played a significant role as an architect and, in particular, as an urban planner in Graz. Among other things, he campaigned for the preservation of Graz’s historic cityscape and initiated the construction of the Plabutsch tunnel. In his socio-political demands on architecture, Hoffmann was continually inspired by the Bauhaus. He once said “Bauhaus is an idea that runs through all areas of art and through life itself” and last but not least, it is an idea that flourishes “in the connection between art and life”. The exhibition addressed Hoffmann's work as an architect, urban planner, visual artist, typographer and designer as well as a lecturer at the University of Technology in Graz.

The exhibition included works from the documentation department of  the University of Technology in Graz, collections of Universalmuseum Joanneum, and private collections.

The exhibition was opened on 26 March  2015, and among the visitors at the opening were present some of Hubert Hoffmann’s students. 

The day after the opening, 27 March 2015, the international symposium entitled Hubert Hoffmann from the Bauhaus to Graz was held in the Neue Galerie Graz.

Curator: dr. Peter Peer


Bauhaus – Networking Ideas and Practice

Venue: MSU Zagreb
Date: May 9th 2015, 7 p.m.
Organizer: Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb

The exhibition Bauhaus – Networking Ideas and Practice was the central and most comprehensive exhibition, which summarised all the research completed thus far, bringing together over 400 works, photo-documents, archive material, journals, books and audio-visual records concerning the six artists and architects who were students at the Bauhaus school: Otti Berger, Gustav Bohutinsky, Avgust Černigoj, Selman Selmanagić and Ivana Tomljenović Meller. It also presented their renowned teachers (Wassily Kandinsky, Walther Gropius, Josef Albers, László Moholy-Nagy etc.), and the influence of the Bauhaus on art, design and architecture after the Second World War in this region. This exhibition was mounted in the Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art from 9 May to 26 July 2015. Starting from the founding of the Bauhaus in 1919 in Weimar, works by famous teachers and students from this region were displayed in chronological order, and a particularly important part of the exhibition was dedicated to a thorough presentation of the Marie-Luise Betlheim Collection, linking the students and their teachers in a very specific way, as well as linking Zagreb with the Weimar Bauhaus from 1927 on, when the collection was brought to Zagreb, where it stayed. Six separate units presented the individual opuses of the six students who received an education at the Bauhaus in art, architecture and design. The final exhibition unit, going up to 1961, displayed an exceptional segment of 1950s art, with particular reference to the Course B and EXAT 51 group, whose creative ideas in the areas of architecture, art, design and education developed the legacy and ideas of the Bauhaus. The exhibition included a specially designed visitors’ space with interactive animation inspired by Kandinsky’s Preliminary Course, copies of publication from the Bauhaus period and documentary films from the MSU archives. Furthermore, as the integral part of the exhibition, the database was placed in a separate space so that the visitors could collect more information on Bauhaus and oeuvres of artists.

Artworks and archive material were loaned from 24 museums, institutions and private archives and collections in AUSTRIA:  Galerie remixx / Günther Eisenhut,  Graz University of Technology,  Universalmuseum Joanneum / Neue Galerie (Graz), CROATIA:  Darko Šimičić Collection (Zagreb),  Faculty of Architecture (Zagreb), Gustav Bohutinsky‘s personal archive, Faculty of Architecture (Zagreb),  Ivan Picelj‘s Archives and Library, Museum of Contemporary Art (Zagreb),  Juraj Denzler Archive, Faculty of Architecture (Zagreb,  Library of the Faculty of Philosophy (Zagreb),  Marie-Luise Betlheim Collection (Zagreb),  Museum of Arts and Crafts (Zagreb),  Museum of Contemporary Art (Zagreb),  Studio Norma International (Zagreb),  Zagreb City Museum, GERMANY:  Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung (Berlin),  Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Archiv der Moderne,  Daimler Art Collection,  Karl Peter Röhl Foundation (Weimar),  Selman Selmanagić‘s personal archive (Berlin),  Stadtarchiv Dessau-Roßlau,  Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau / Bauhaus Dessau Foundation,  Theaterwissenschaftliche Sammlung University of Cologne, SLOVENIA:  Avgust Černigoj Gallery, Lipica (Lipica Stud farm, Sežana),  Museum of Architecture and Design (Ljubljana),  Slovenian Theatre Institute (Ljubljana), SERBIA:  National Museum in Belgrade.

A comprehensive, richly  illustrated catalogue  (436 pages, 299 images, issued in 500 copies)  was published in English language (and also a Croatian version), which contains contributions by 26 Croatian and foreign experts who participated in the project: Aida Abadžić Hodžić, Éva Bajkay, Dubravko Bačić, Ruth Betlheim, Regina Bittner, Iva Ceraj, Zrinka Ivković, Tvrtko Jakovina, Jasna Jakšić, Nataša Jakšić, Andrea Klobučar, Peter Krečič, Lovorka Magaš Bilandžić, Vesna Meštrić, Antonija Mlikota, Maroje Mrduljaš, Ana Ofak, Peter Peer, Bojana Pejić, Michael Siebenbrodt, Barbara Sterle Vurnik, Karin Šerman, Darko Šimičić, Jadranka Vinterhalter, Bogo Zupančič, Isabel Wünsche.

This publication contains valuable, new information, interpretations and insights into the work of the Bauhaus, through the individual opuses of these artists and the international reverberations of their work.

Curator: Vesna Meštrić
Author of the exhibition set up : Vladimir Končar



Avgust Černigoj – In the network of European Constructivism

Venue: Škofja Loka Museum – Avgust Černigoj Gallery Lipica
Date: June 22nd 2015, 7 p.m.
Organizer: Škofja Loka Museum, Škofja Loka

The concept of the exhibition Avgust Černigoj – In the network of European Constructivism was based on Černigoj's early constructivistic period when the artist created the most of his avant-garde works, as Černigoj was the founder of Constructivism in Slovenia and one of the most prominent representatives of the Slovenian historical avant-garde.  The purpose of the exhibition was to present the significance of Černigoj’s heritage in the context of the Slovenian and international historical avant-garde.

The exhibition was especially focused on Černigoj's works for the theatre, as crucial for his opus. The selected artworks showed how important was his role in the history of Slovenian and European avant-garde context. The selection from different private and public collections presented Černigoj's connection with the Bauhaus School in Weimar, where he attended the courses as the only Slovenian artist.  The exhibition also reviled some new and rare documents that were found (in the time of the project) in the Thueringhisches Archive in Weimar, and witness Černigoj's period of study in Weimar, in 1924. 

This presentation was also dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the first Constructivist exhibition by Avgust Černigoj heldat the Technical High School in Ljubljana in 1924. That was his first solo exhibition, particularly important for the strong avant-garde impulse that Černigoj brought to the Slovenian arena upon his return from his schooling at the Bauhaus. The exhibition was extremely provocative and radical for the time, offering something different and was an introduction to Constructivism. The exhibition in Škofja Loka focused other essential issues related to the various fields and a broad range of interest and work of Avgust Černigoj.

For the purpose of the exhibition two variants of exhibition catalogues were printed, in Slovenian and in English language. 

Curators: Barbara Sterle Vurnik, Jana Mlakar


Bauhaus in the Life and Work of Selman Selmanagić - Architecture beyond Four Walls

Venue: Bosnian Institute, Sarajevo
Date: September 17th 2015, 7 p.m.
Organizer: Academy of Fine Arts, Sarajevo

The exhibition Architecture beyond Four Walls was organized by the Academy of Fine Art in Sarajevo and placed in the Bosniak Institute, Sarajevo. The author of the exhibition was Prof. Dr. Aida Abadžić Hodžić, coordinator of the BAUNET project for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The multimedia exhibition on Selman Selmanagić and Bauhaus was composed of three parts. The first part consisted of 23 multimedia exhibition panels illustrating and documenting Selman Selmanagić’s life, student years’ on Bauhaus, architectural and pedagogical work, in a wider socio-political, economic and cultural context of the time. This part of the exhibition also included 3-D animation of his project for the city of Schwedt/O. and selected works of other five Bauhaus students from ex-Yugoslavia (Avgust Černigoj, Marija Baranyaj, Ivana Tomljenović-Meller, Gustav Bohutinsky, Otti Berger) and his colleague Hubert Hoffmann.

The second part entitled: Pioneers of the architectural modernism in Bosnia and Herzegovina presented selected works of several, important architects from the first half of the 20th century from Bosnia and Herzegovina who were contemporaries of Selman Selmanagić and who studied architecture in Vienna, Prague, Zagreb and Ljubljana and together constituted fundaments for the development of modern architecture in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The third part consisted of the works of actual students of Graphic and Product Design of the Sarajevo Academy of Fine Arts, as a result of students’ workshops (in the framework of the conference) and which, in the form of posters and case-studies questioned relevance of Selmanagić’s quotations and work in the contemporary context.

The opening of the exhibition was preceded by a lecture by Azemina Selmanagic Bruch, architect and daughter of Selman Selmanagić, who presented the importance of her father in the post-war reconstruction of Berlin (1945-1950).

During the exhibition, there was also a presentation of BAUNET’s online database, followed by guided tours and thematic lectures at the Bosniak Institute and the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo.

For this occasion a publication was printed comprising the catalogue of the multimedia exhibition Selman Selmanagić and Bauhaus and the textbook of the international conference Bauhaus in the life and work of Selman Selmanagić, edited bilingual (Bosnian and German language).

Curator: Prof. Dr. Aida Abadžić Hodžić