This year, Germany is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus. For the Brandenburgisches Landesmuseum für Moderne Kunst (BLMK), this is an occasion to dedicate itself to a discourse about modernity, rather than to look at the famous art school in isolation. The exhibition series 'Unbekannte Moderne' considers aesthetic and social utopias in painting, photography, printmaking and design of the 1920s and 1930s through five complementary exhibitions in Cottbus and Frankfurt (Oder). The exhibitions—entitled 'Bild der Stadt / Stadt im Bild,' 'Im Hinterland der Moderne,' 'Das Bauhaus in Brandenburg,' 'Neue Städte, Neue Menschen' and 'Frans Masereel'—reflect the BLMK's collection and present over 80 artists.
Outside of the great centers of modernity, there are traces of art, architecture and design that are little known or even undiscovered. And it is precisely these traces, their socio-political analyses and aesthetic utopias, that the BLMK aims to consider, by updating and uncovering modernist developments in Eastern Germany and Europe after the Second World War.
Video by MONA for BLMK
Produced by Anna Russ
Interview by Emily McDermott
Filmed and Edited by Peter Cairns