BauBike is Tribute To Bauhaus

Submitted by Eternity on Wed, 12/16/2009 - 23:51.

 

Max Eternity - The Bau-Bike by Danish designer, Michael Ubbesen Jakobsen, pays homage to the German Bauhaus school--as it celebrates this year its 90th anniversary. 

In concert with a roster of international events taking place in celebration, later this month ArtWorks magazine, a national fine arts publication based in Carmel, California, will publish a feature article I've penned about the Bauhaus, which specifically addresses how the Bauhaus has shaped culture, art, education and design in America. 

Yet as Clevelanders know too well, with the gross neglect of the Ameritrust Tower being an ever present reminder of the lack of appreciation for modernist structures, not everyone is celebrating.  The Tower, built by Bauhaus Master, Marcel Breuer, is the only high-rise he created in the course of his 50-year career, which saw over 300 commissions, including UNESCO in Paris, the HUD and HEW buildings in Washington D.C. the Weizenblatt House in Ashville, North Carolina and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

In Atlanta, even as there is a fierce debate going on over what to do with Breuer's final building--The Atlanta-Fulton Central Public Library--completed just one year before the architect's death in 1981--currently on display at the site is a 10,000 square foot Breuer Retrospective.  The epic display, on loan from Vitra Design Museum, is being co-hosted by the Museum of Design Atlanta (MoDA). 

As well, In New York City, The Museum of Modern art is tipping its hat to the Bauhaus and Walter Gropius--founder of the school--with an exhibit entitled "Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity."