Bauhaus centenary—Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack
installation view, Geelong Gallery
Photographer: Andrew Curtis

Bauhaus centenary—Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack

23 February 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 under Johannes Itten, Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky, and was apprenticed to Lyonel Feininger in the print workshop. 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 School. 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.

This exhibition is programmed to mark 100 years of Bauhaus and in recognition of Geelong’s recent designation as a UNESCO City of Design. This exhibition is part of Melbourne Design Week 2019 an initiative of the Victorian Government in collaboration with the NGV.


Summer sounds
This event took place on Sunday 24 February.

Creative conversation—Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack
This event took place on Friday 15 March.

Keynote lecture: Dale Hardiman—PRO-AM (Professionally Amateur) (booked out)
Thursday 21 March at 6.00pm 
This is a free event. Bookings essential. 

Floortalk: Bauhaus centenary—Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack
This event took place on Saturday 6 April.

Geelong After Dark—heighten your senses and abandon what you know
This event took place on Friday 3 May.

Geelong Grammar School events

Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack self-guided heritage trail
Art School, Geelong Grammar School
Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May, from 10.00am–4.00pm

The Bauhaus @ Geelong Grammar School exhibition
Art School, Geelong Grammar School
Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May, from 10.00am–4.00pm

Lecture: Professor Andrew McNamara—Hirschfeld Mack and the Bauhaus: transforming education in art, architecture and design in Australia
Cook Theatre, Geelong Grammar School
Wednesday 8 May, at 7:30pm
This is a free event. Bookings essential.