LondonOskar Schlemmer: Kunstfigur
Curated by C. Raman Schlemmer
The gallery’s first exhibition of the pioneering sculptor, painter, performance artist and costume designer Oskar Schlemmer, a key figure of the Bauhaus and one of the most influential artists of the early 20th century, centres on on his seminal sculpture Abstrakte Figur, Freiplastik G (1921/23), which preempts the pioneering early ‘happenings’ the artist developed through unique experimentations in theatre and dance.
Presented alongside paintings and works on paper, the exhibition will offer insight into Schlemmer’s motivations and highlight his lasting influence on the fields of abstraction and figuration, performance art and contemporary dance.
Developed in the early 20th Century, Schlemmer’s Bauhaus Dances profoundly influenced performance art and contemporary dance. Originally conceived as informal manifestations of Schlemmer’s instructional courses at the Dessau Bauhaus, Bauhaus Dances | Bauhaustänze sees three dancers mathematically explore space, form and materials against a black gridded stage, accompanied by music composed by Schlemmer. Structured around the human form and the dancer, the performances explore Schlemmer’s purest concepts of abstraction and embody the artist’s unique and cross-disciplinary approach to his practice.
Art Direction by C. Raman Schlemmer, co-produced with Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac and Bühnen Archive
Further performances will follow at Frieze as part of the Live Programme on 2nd, 3rd and 5th October at 4pm – Frieze London, Regent’s Park, NW1 4NR
About the Artist
Oskar Schlemmer (1888-1943) is internationally acclaimed for his dance creations The Triadic Ballet, 1916 – 1932, The figural Cabinet, Bauhaus Dances, his paintings Bauhaus Staircase, 1932, exhibited at MoMA, New York, Five Figures, Roman, 1925, Kunstmuseum Basel, his sculpture Abstract Figure, The Art Institute Chicago, his theoretical drawings on the human measurements and condition in relation to space, his stage sets and costumes, for Les Noces, Le Rossignol, Renard by Igor Stravinsky, teaching at the Bauhaus, his writings on art and diaries.
all images © the gallery and the artist(s)