Thursday, 3 May 2012

Bauhaus at Barbican

Today the Barbican Art Gallery opened Bauhaus: Art as Life, which limps along until 12 August. It's billed as "the biggest Bauhaus exhibition in the UK in over 40 years" and it doesn't take long to see why! This show is for punters hooked on tubular and/or stackable furniture. The Bauhaus design school was way ahead of the pack where furniture was concerned, but as an art movement it fell flat on its face. Look at Kurt Schmidt's hideous Little Hunchback Puppet (1923) and despair. £10 for this? Gimme a break, Barbican. I wouldn't visit this show if it were free (CLICK).

2 Comments:

At 5/5/12, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is everything so miserable these days? Why can't we have happy things? Why make a lovely childhood toy so unhappy? The news is unhappy and the entertainment is unhappy. Now art is unhappy. Why not take a leaf out of Constable's book and other great artists and paint the beauty of the World and human nature and paint a beautiful smile on that little puppet? Please do brighten him up.

 
At 5/5/12, Blogger Coxsoft Art said...

The German puppet was made in 1923. Hitler rose to power a decade later. Not a cheery thought. The puppet suits his times.

 

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