The future is on the Main

Aufgepasst, Weimar, Dessau, Berlin! Now in Frankfurt and presents itself as a true future metropolis of the inter-war years. As the place is not just meant to be taught and designed, but especially because artists, architects, designers, citizens, politicians and businessmen wanted the same thing: the new city. “When the Bauhaus was the Academy of Modern, then Frankfurt was his workshop,” says Matthias WagnerK, the Director of Frankfurt’s Museum of Applied art.

Ursula Scheer

An editor in the features section.

  • F. A. Z.

The exhibition “Modern on Main” is the first contribution of the city to the Bauhaus-the year of jubilee: To Look at the German architecture Museum and the Historical Museum, follow in the coming months. To kick off is postulated to be full of self-consciousness: the end of the Golden twenties “has established itself in Frankfurt am Main as the Bauhaus equivalent, world-famous center of the avant-garde”, with diverse relationships to the Bauhaus doctrine.

To back things from the point of view of the old city, which recorded the beginning of the twentieth century, a wave of Modernisation, to the centre, instead of the hypnotized at the founding by Walter Gropius to stare, is the concern.

Social and practical, instead of pretentious and representative

More than five hundred, mostly from private lenders provided exhibits that the “Modernity had to offer on Main” is far more than Beautiful to cook in the famous Frankfurt kitchen by Margarete Lihotzky, as by Paul Renner designed Futura font, and as the settlement constructions of the urban planning and architect Ernst May.

Just because you was interested in the state of Hesse less to create a number of iconic objects or prestige of architecture, but rather practical and social thought, was not it is less progressive. The goal is to reveal the views of the “New Frankfurt” and his environment.

Coined was the term Ludwig Landmann, the engine, the “renewal program” for the city as a business head of the Department, and the mayor of progress. His first Coup was the re-opening of the Frankfurt fair in the year 1919. Reason enough for the curators Grit Weber, Annika Sellmann, Klaus Klemp, and Matthias WagnerK to make this year, the Bauhaus’s founding year, the starting point of your Look, even though the “New Frankfurt” in the true sense took until the mid-twenties shape.

In 1930, it showed signs of disintegration, as Ernst May was in the Soviet Union. He would have become as famous as Gropius, if he had emigrated to the United States?

Through Virtual Reality in the inter-war period

The exhibition spans the range until the seizure of power in 1933, and thus follows the narrative patterns of the democratic avant-garde, which was liquidated by the Nazis. Continuities in the time of the dictatorship, and in addition, they are not followed. She wants to remember the “world open, objective, and future spirit” of the city, the farmer, has conjured up.

Creative collective: To set the mood, visitors can gain with the help of a Virtual-Reality-glasses-an Overview of the network of institutions, individuals, and circles, which has embodied the Modern project at Main. Many encounter one of the following seven thematic stations and, above all, the artist couple Bergmann-Michel, advertising, graphic artists, architects, film makers and photographers in his coven in contact brought.

The start of the fair, their former shape of original posters and historical photos glimpse of power. As a place of after the First world war revived international exchange, it formed the basis of the “New Frankfurt”; there, the werkbund had a private buildings and built by Peter Behrens a “house of the Modern age”.

In the high-acquisitions Department to ensure Ernst May and Martin elsaesser, the rudder, and the art school in Frankfurt, dedicated teachers from the Weimar Bauhaus, such as Willi Baumeister. That designs the art school was held in the city again, resulted in companies, clubs, and manage with your orders. Photographer kept inside as Grete Leistikow and Elisabeth rabbit the change, the magazine “The New Frankfurt” documented.

The serene Frankfurt-Modern

Oskar Schlemmer designed the Dadaist-constructivist-inspired poster for the opening of the New Old bridge in 1926, on the under the beautiful vernacular title of “Un mer net in mei Kopp enei want” will be announced at a recital, after the example of his Triadic ballet in the festival hall. Walter Gropius designed automobile bodies for the Adler-Werke.

Lamp and chair manufacturers have been recorded, such as an extensive compilation of Original proves, by the new form’s sake. Richard harmful to well designed for the FuldAG the archetype of the Desk phone. Where new technical devices came into the game, the Show with their most surprising pieces, shows the pure joy of experimentation reigned Supreme.

If the composer Paul Hindemith shows up in a movie full of absurd trick effects, and disappears when you can bring the replica of a Theremin synthesizer to Yelp, the Modernity of their light-hearted side. To listen to the first ever recorded Radio drama that emerged at the innovative Frankfurt transmitter.

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The documentation of the city planning measures, the standard sheets for anything and everything – from the window over the garden gazebo for the regular Allotment up to the standard of a grave stone, not only reveal the sake of a greener, alighted, democratic realize the city. You don’t debunk, although the exhibition addressed it explicitly, the bureaucratic fury, the one in the Hand of politics and administration are covered design movement developed. This internal contradiction would like to learn more.

Modern am Main, Germany 1919-1933. In the Museum of Applied arts (MAK), Frankfurt; up to 14. April. The catalogue costs 39 Euro.

Source: F. A. Z.

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