Bauhaus – 100 years on

A symposium exploring the legacy of Bauhaus across art, design and architecture

2 Jun 2018
11:00am - 4:00pm
Second Home Spitalfields
68-80 Hanbury St
London, E1 5JL
United Kingdom

Bauhaus - 100 years on takes place 2 June 2018. Tickets are available now. 

Ahead of the Bauhaus centenary in 2019, we are delighted to present a symposium debating its enduring legacy across art, design and architecture. Hosted by design historian, curator and writer Emily King, this symposium will explore the contemporary reception of this eminent – but often misrepresented – cultural movement.

What does the term ‘Bauhaus’ mean to a contemporary audience? Has it simply become a label, with all context lost? What impact has it had, and does it continue to have, on the creative lives of artists, designers, architects and even on how art is taught?

This day is for anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of Bauhaus across all mediums, or for creative professionals who would like to explore the contemporary re-contextualisation of Bauhaus by hearing from expert practitioners.


Running schedule:

  • Nicholas Fox Weber’s will discuss his experience working with Josef and Anni Albers who taught at the Bauhaus
  • The lives of artists will be considered with artist Michael Craig-Martin, who was taught at Yale by Albers and went on to teach many of the YBAs himself
  • Farshid Moussavi will examine architectural practice and Bauhaus’ influence a century on
  • Grant Watson will discuss ‘bauhaus imaginista’, a major project to mark the school's centenary which tracks the international reception of the Bauhaus and how this was transformed through contact with other cultures
  • The day will be hosted by Emily King who will be driving the discussion evaluating the legacy of Bauhaus on the way we live with design, architecture and art


Michael Craig-Martin is a key figure in British conceptual art. He taught at Goldsmiths College School of Art, London, from 1974 to 1988 and from 1994 to 2000. During this time, he became a powerful influence on a generation of his students who would become known as the Young British Artists—Gary Hume, Sarah Lucas, and Damien Hirst, among others. Craig-Martin was an Artist Trustee of Tate from 1989 to 1999 and was elected to the Royal Academy in 2006.

Nicholas Fox Weber is the director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and founder and president of Le Korsa, a nonprofit organization in rural Senegal. He has written fifteen books, including biographies of Balthus and Le Corbusier, and, most recently, Freud's Trip to Orvieto; his current project is a biography of Mondrian.

Emily King is a design historian, curator and a writer. Her books include monographs on Peter Saville, M/M Paris and the legendary 1950s art director Robert Brownjohn. Among her recent exhibitions is Quick, Quick, Slow: graphic design and time, which she curated for the Lisbon design biennial Experimenta, as well as monographic shows on Alan Fletcher and Richard Hollis.

Farshid Moussavi is principal of Farshid Moussavi Architecture and Professor in Practice of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She was previously co-founder of the London-based Foreign Office Architects, recognised as one of the world's most creative design firms. She is a trustee of the London Architecture Foundation and the Whitechapel Gallery and a Royal Academician. She has published three books, The Function of Ornament, The Function of Forms, and The Function of Style.

Peter Saville is an artist and designer who has made a unique contribution to the cultural landscape. He was the founder and art director of the legendary independent UK label Factory Records, most famous for the series of record sleeves he created for Joy Division and New Order between 1979 and 1993. His radical designs seemed to break all the rules, omitting information about artists or titles, fundamentally questioning modes of consumption and communication. His work has been exhibited at the Design Museum, Migros Museum in Zurich and he has won three D&AD awards. He is a Royal Designer for Industry and won the London Design Medal in 2013.

Grant Watson is a curator and researcher. He is also an artistic director and co-curator of Bauhaus Imaginista a project exploring the school’s international reception to mark its centenary in 2019 – with exhibitions and discursive events in Morocco, China, the US, India, Japan, Nigeria, Germany and the UK. Watson was the Senior Curator at the Institute of International Visual Arts, London (2010-2014), Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Antwerp (2006-2010) and Curator of Visual Arts at Project, Dublin (2001-2006). He is also tutor at the Royal College of Art.

We offer a number of complimentary bursary places on this course for the unwaged, students and pensioners. If you would like to apply, please send one paragraph explaining why you believe you qualify and why this specific course is of interest to The application deadline is 1st May and successful applicants will be notified by 10th May.

The event will take place at Second Home Spitalfields

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