max bill, jakob bill, david bill:
100 years of bauhaus  

23 February 2019 – 16 June 2019

With Max, Jakob and David Bill, three generations of a artistic family come together in the kunsthalle messmer. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, a total of 90 works will be shown, which deal with concrete art in different ways. Despite the same art direction the three artists have dedicated themselves to, each case presents the individuality of the artist.

Flyer zur Ausstellung © messmer foundation

Max Bill (1908 – 1994), as one of the most important representatives of concrete-constructive art, he places scientific paradigms and mathematical formulas in a strictly constructed context in his artwork. The teachings of the Bauhaus school, where he used to study between 1927 and 1928,  characterized his further career. His oeuvre combines elements of architecture, design, fine arts and applied art to create a harmonious interplay. In 1951, Max Bill, together with Otl Aichinger and Inge Scholl, founded the HfG Ulm, for which he designed the building himself and worked as a founding rector.
Bill’s son Jakob Bill (* 1942) takes on the scientific-theoretical approach of his father’s art, but has taken a completely different path in his artistic work and focuses entirely on paintings. His oeuvre is based on a geometricized canon of forms with ethereal-seeming color gradients, which characterizes his work.
The grandson David Bill (* 1976 – 2018) focuses on the exploration of space and space partition. Surfaces and objects are merged in ever new shape variables, separated and reassembled. The focus of his reflections is always the cube. The colors black and white emphasize just that spatial play and give his works additional dynamic. In addition to the universal genius Max Bill, the kunsthalle messmer is exhibiting his son Jakob Bill and grandson David Bill, presenting a generation-spanning development of artistic creation.

David Bill: 4 jahreszeiten, 30 x 3 x 30 cm, Stahlblech und Lackfarbe, 2017.© messmer foundation

The Bauhaus was opened in 1919 by Walter Gropius in Weimar. The design school becomes the most influential of its time. In 1925, the Bauhaus moved to Dessau and later to Berlin, where it was closed by the National Socialists. The Bauhaus was intended to serve the aesthetization of everyday life and to create authorization between art, architecture, design and craftsmanship. Even though “Bauhaus” was re-appropriated by every generation, the word “Bauhaus style” has become a well-established term in architecture, painting and design. Typical for the Bauhaus is the use of basic shapes such as square, triangle, circle as well as the basic colors red, yellow, blue, as well as steel rust furniture and white cube architecture. Functionalism is the guiding principle behind Bauhaus: form follows function.


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