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Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack
The musicians  1962
calcimine and watercolour on canvas
Geelong Gallery 
Gift of Mrs Olive Hirschfeld 1976


Bauhaus centenary—Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack

23 February 2019 to 26 May 2019

The centenary of the influential Bauhaus school of art, design and architecture will be celebrated around the world in 2019. Founded in the German city of Weimar in 1919, the school operated until 1933. Its influence spread to Australia through émigré artist Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack (1893–1965).

Hirschfeld Mack enrolled at the Weimar Bauhaus in 1919 and studied there until 1925. He was deported to Australia in 1940 and soon after his release from detention in 1942, was appointed to the position of art master at Geelong Grammar. This selection of paintings, prints, and three-dimensional objects by Hirschfeld Mack is largely drawn from the significant gift made by his widow, Olive Hirschfeld, to Geelong Gallery in 1976.

The exhibition is programmed to mark 100 years of Bauhaus and in recognition of Geelong’s recent designation as a UNESCO City of Design.