In 1919 architect Walter Gropius founded the German College of Design.
Although the Bauhaus school closed its doors as early as 1933, the progressive ideas on unifying craft, art and technology spread across the globe in the century that followed.
Our own Henry Van de Velde and Mies van der Rohe were among the leading lights of the art scene but Anni Albers and Gunta Stölzl also earned their place in the history books. Each of them made a substantial contribution to the movement and also to the art of weaving.
In the hands of Anni Albers textiles took on painting-like qualities and became true textile art.
Last year’s solo exhibition in London’s Tate Modern confirmed the weaver’s unique contribution to modernist abstract art.
Under the direction of the mathematical genius of Gunta Stölzl the weaving department became the most successful of the entire school. Her whole life she weaved upholstery fabrics and rugs by combining her extensive knowledge of modern art with technical know-how.
More than enough ‘material’ for the Groninger Museum to mount an exhibition.
‘Wall House #2 Gunta Stölzl: 100 years of Bauhaus fabrics’ runs until the start of September.