Experiments in Light and Movement
The exhibition is over.


With the exhibition “Bauhaus and America. Experiments in Light and Movement” the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur transcends
borders. It intentionally focuses on artists who, after the Bauhaus was closed in 1933, emigrated to America to carry forward their ideas
there. Starting with the Bauhaus stage as an interdisciplinary laboratory for experiments in light and movement, the diverse controversies
in this field are examined for the first time. Ranging from light and kinetic art to experimental film and dance and performance art, this epochspanning exhibition shows the far-reaching influence of these interactions. As early as in the 1950s the ideas were having a reverse
influence from America on Europe and are still reflected in contemporary art today. That is why the exhibition not only concentrates on the
positions of the Bauhaus and its American successor institutions, but spans developments right up to the present. The exhibition provides an insight into the experimental work of more than 50 artists.

One highlight of the exhibition is the display of the famous “Licht-Raum-Modulator” of László Moholy-Nagy and the “Farbenlichtspiele” apparatus of Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack, which, for the first time in many years, can be seen together in Germany again. With the reactivation
of these light play devices, the museum enables a unique light-space experience. Moholy-Nagy’s “Licht-Raum-Modulator” can be seen in action every day at 11 AM and 4 PM for 15 minutes.

The museum cooperates on a supra-institutional level with the TanzTheaterMünster. Under the direction of the choreographer Hans Henning Paar, the theater has developed the multidisciplinary evening “Unknown Territories” which brings the ideas of the Bauhaus into the present day. More information about tickets and dates www.theater-muenster.com

The impact of the Bauhaus stage on modern dance is also taken into account: The choreographers Matthias Markstein and Isaac Spencer,
together with stage designer Nora Maria Bräuer, have created a performance that will be staged at the museum as part of the exhibition.



Walter Gropius founds the State Bauhaus in Weimar. This school of arts aims at a holistic education in design intended to integrate arts and crafts. Its objective: The goal of all creative activity is building! In addition to architecture and design the school also promotes  painting, photography, dance and theater. Many important modernist artists, such as Josef and Anni Albers, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Lyonel Feininger, Oskar Schlemmer, Xanti Schawinsky and László Moholy-Nagy, teach und study at the Bauhaus.


Josef Albers begins his studies at the Bauhaus, followed by Anni Albers two years later


A stage workshop headed by Lothar Schreyer is set up at the Bauhaus


László Moholy-Nagy is appointed to teach at the Bauhaus; Oskar Schlemmer is put in charge of the stage workshop; the first large Bauhaus exhibition in Weimar receives international attention; Gropius adopts the slogan: Art and Technology – A New Unity

Starting in 1924

Works by Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Lyonel Feininger and Alexej von Jawlensky are exhibited under the name of The Blue Four in the U.S.


The Bauhaus moves to Dessau


The International Theatre Exhibition in New York shows designs of the Bauhaus stage


The Bauhaus sets up its own architecture department; admission of students from America; visit by Alfred Barr, later the director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York founded in 1929


Walter Gropius is replaced as director by Hannes Meyer; Moholy-Nagy leaves the Bauhaus


Ludwig Mies van der Rohe becomes director with Josef Albers as his deputy; Moholy-Nagy’s book The New Vision is published in the U.S.;
first American Bauhaus-related exhibition at the Harvard Society for Contemporary Art


Closing of the Bauhaus in Dessau; the school of art moves to Berlin as a private institution


National Socialist takeover; closing of the Bauhaus in Berlin; Josef and Anni Albers appointed to teach at Black Mountain College in
North Carolina, founded in 1933


Xanti Schawinsky, on the staff of the Bauhaus stage, appointed to teach at Black Mountain College


The exhibition Degenerate Art in Munich; many artists banned from their profession in Germany; a wave of emigration; founding of
the New Bauhaus in Chicago with Moholy-Nagy as director and György Kepes as head of the light workshop; Gropius becomes a professor at Harvard University in Cambridge


Closing of the New Bauhaus; major retrospective on the Bauhaus 1919–1928 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York with a subsequent tour that includes numerous works of the Bauhaus stage; Mies van der Rohe emigrates to the U.S.


Reopening of the New Bauhaus in Chicago as School of Design; outbreak of the Second World War


The composer and artist John Cage is appointed to teach experimental music at the School of Design in Chicago


Josef Albers initiates the summer courses at Black Mountain College; the School of Design in Chicago is renamed the Institute of Design


End of Second World War


Major retrospective for Moholy-Nagy, who died in 1946, at the Museum of Non-Objective Art, New York (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), publication of his book Vision in Motion


Robert Rauschenberg studies at Black Mountain College, Josef Albers becomes rector, John Cage is guest lecturer for the first time


Anni Albers, head of the weaving workshop, receives an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Institute of Design
in Chicago becomes part of the Illinois Institute of Technology


Josef Albers appointed as professor at Yale University in New Haven, where he teaches later Op-Art artists like Richard Anuszkiewicz and Julian Stanczak; beginning of Albers’s picture series Homage to the Square


John Cage together with Robert Rauschenberg and the choreographer Merce Cunningham stages the performance Untitled Event at Black Mountain College; major Bauhaus retrospective at the Busch-Reisinger Museum of Harvard in Cambridge


Closing of Black Mountain College; first exhibition by Josef Albers in Germany with stations in Hagen, Kassel, Münster and Ulm;
founding of the artists’ group ZERO by Otto Piene and Heinz Mack, which takes up ideas of Moholy-Nagy


Josef Albers leaves Yale University; Anni Albers publishes her book On Designing


Josef Albers publishes his textbook Interaction of Color


Otto Piene emigrates to the U.S.


The exhibition The Responsive Eye at the Museum of Modern Art in New York with Op Art and light art works by Josef Albers, Richard
Anuszkiewicz, Julian Stanczak, Heinz Mack and Robert Irwin; György Kepes curates the exhibition Light as a Creative Medium at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts in Cambridge


Robert Rauschenberg and the engineer Billy Klüver initiate a series of performances entitled 9 Evenings: Theatre and Engineering in New York


Rauschenberg and Klüver launch the artists’ organization E.A.T. – Experiments in Art and Technology; György Kepes founds
the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS), a think tank for artists, scientists and technologists, at the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology


Otto Piene becomes one of the first fellows at CAVS; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art sets up an Art & Technology Program and promotes Robert Irwin and James Turrell, among others

Bauhaus reception in the U.S. starts in the 1920s and experiences its heyday from the 1930s to the 1940s. Thanks to the 1952 Bauhaus retrospective in Harvard, a second wave of interest follows, though in the 1970s it is diminished by the political turmoil of the Cold War. It is not until the 1990s that American interest in the Bauhaus is strongly revived again, as witnessed by numerous exhibitions and publications that you can examine in our library if interested.



An exhibition catalogue available in German or English for 27 euros features texts by Hermann Arnhold, Kristin Bartels, Torsten Blume, Ulrike Gärtner, Andreas Hapkemeyer, Julie Jones, Gail Kirkpatrick, Marijke Lukowicz, Márton Orosz, Tanja Pirsig-Marshall, Jeannette Redensek, Eline Van Dijk published by Kerber Verlag Bielefeld.


An audioguide (in German or English) is available at the information desk for 2 euros.



Workshop on the lightplay apparatus by Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack
Duration: about 80 min., Entrance: 15 euros, tickets available at the Museum’s ticket desk

Thursday, 14 February 2019, 6.30 PM
Friday, 15 February 2019, 6.30 PM and 8 PM
Samstag, 16 February 2019, 6.30 PM and 8 PM
Sonntag, 17 February 2019, 6.30 PM und 8 PM


Friday, 2 February, and Saturday, 3 February 2019, each 4 PM
Friday, 9 March, and Saturday, 10 March 2019, each 4 PM


Friday, 1 February 2019, 7.30 PM
Torsten Blume (Bauhaus-Archiv, Dessau)
Die Bauhausbühne als pädagogisches Konzept: Xanti Schawinsky und Oskar Schlemmer

Thursday, 7 February 2019, 7.30 PM
Dr. Sigrid Pawelke (Aix-en-Provence)
Die Bauhaus-Bühne und ihr Einfluss auf Amerika

The admision to the lectures is free.

Sunday, 10 February 2019

The Family Day offers an exciting Sunday for all visitors. The museum offers an exciting insight into the world of art, colorful participation opportunities, informative tours and as a highlight a concert of „Bummelkasten“.

12 AM Dance performance „Tracht und Bleiche“ (entrance hall)
1–5 PM Open Studios: Light Art and White Worlds
3 PM Live: Bummelkasten (auditorium)

Public tours
11 AM Bauhaus-stage
11.30 AM Light Art
12 AM Photo experiments

The usual entrance fee to the museum applies. Free entry tickets for the restricted events are available 30 minutes before the event. The tours last about 60 minutes unless otherwise stated.

Long Friday (the second Friday of each month)

Admission free, open until midnight

4, 5, 6, 8, 10 PM Public guided tours through the exhibition
9 PM Public guided tour through the exhibition in English

Public guided tours through the exhibition*

Duration: 60 min., Meeting point: entrance hall

Thursday, 4.30 PM
Friday, 4 and 5 PM
Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 3.15 PM


Duration: 25 min., Meeting point: entrance hall

4 PM Bauhaus-stage
4.30 PM Light Art
5 PM Photo experiments

11 AM Bauhaus-stage
11.30 AM Light Art
12 AM Photo experiments

Guided tours by curators*

Duration: 60 min., Meeting point: entrance hall

Tuesday, 12 February 2019 with Kristin Bartels
Friday, 1 March 2019 with Dr. Tanja Pirsig-Marshall
each 4.30–5.30 PM

*Admission for all tours: Entrance fee to the exhibition. Limited number of participants. Free participant cards for a public tour can be picked up at the ticket desk 30 minutes before the start. A maximum of two participant cards will be issued per person. Groups are asked to book a guided tour with the visitor service.


To book a guided tour

+49 251 5907 201

Museum hours

Tuesdays to Sundays 10 AM–6 PM
Open until 10 PM on the second Friday of each month

LONG FRIDAY Jan.11/Feb.8/Mar.8

Admission (incl. collection)

12 euros, reduced rate 6 euros


LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur
Domplatz 10, 48143 Münster