This is the first exhibition in the UK to fully explore the relationship between the English Arts and Crafts movement and the Bauhaus.
Timed to coincide with the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus, the groundbreaking German art school established by Walter Gropius in 1919, this exhibition brings together over 60 objects from nine international and domestic lenders, some of which have never been displayed in the UK before.
Pioneers uses Morris’s key principles of Unity, Craft, Simplicity and Community as a lens to explore the early years of the Bauhaus, from its establishment as a radical new school in the conservative city of Weimar, to its move to a purpose-built campus in Dessau. In showing objects made at the Bauhaus alongside Morris’s own pioneering designs, the exhibition invites visitors to explore alternative perspectives on the Bauhaus, as well as see Morris’s legacy in a new light.
Alongside the exhibition is a display of three pieces by acclaimed London-based fashion designer Mary Katrantzou. There is also an installation by Bauhaus Artist in Residence, Nicholas Pankhurst.
This exhibition has been funded through Art Happens, Art Fund's crowdfunding platform.