CENTURY. idee bauhaus im Museum Wilhelm Morgner, Soest

Ausstellung vom 25. Juni bis 27. August 2023 – Eröffnung am Samstag, 24. Juni 2023

Mit CENTURY. idee bauhaus zeigt die Stiftung Konzeptuelle Kunst ein herausragendes, 106-teiliges Konvolut der Sammlung Schroth.

Die Kuratorin Christiane Bail, und der Ausstellungsmacher Matthias Seidel von der Berliner Programmgalerie drj art projects haben »CENTURY. idee bauhaus« als Projekt zum Bauhaus-Jubiläumsjahr 2019 konzipiert und realisiert. Gemeinsam mit Museumsdirektorinnen Simone Schimpf und Sibylle Hoiman, Kunstwissenschaftler Frederik Schikowski sowie Architekt und Kunstsammler Frank F. Drewes wurden der Vielzahl internationaler Künstlerinnen und Künstler ausgewählt und eingeladen, ihre persönlichen Reflexionen über das Bauhaus in Form eines DIN-A4-Blattes einzureichen. Diese individuellen Beiträge beleuchten ein breites Spektrum künstlerischer Ansätze und Haltungen, das sowohl persönliche Nähe als auch kritische Distanz zum Thema umfasst.

Zum Auftakt der Europäischen Kulturhauptstadt 2023 wurde CENTURY. idee bauhaus im Rahmen der Kooperation »Kultur.Kontakt.Konkret« in Veszprém präsentiert und um sechs ausgewählte ungarische Positionen erweitert. Wie die ursprünglichen 100 Werke sind auch diese nach den festgelegten Parametern entworfen und ausgeführt.

Frisch aus Ungarn zurückgekehrt, wird dieses nun 100+6 Einzelwerke umfassende Konvolut im Kabinett des Museum Wilhelm Morgner parallel zur Ausstellung von Werken der ungarischen Sammlung Vass, die in Umgang und Raum Schroth zu sehen ist, präsentiert.

Please note:
To see all examples from a series of works, please scroll images sidewards. Arrows appear on hover.
One complete set of all the 100 works is reserved as a unit.

Six new entries: 2023 + [HU]

In the context of the exhibition in Veszprém, an idea was set to live that had already been part of the original 2019 concept: As the exhibition was meant to travel, it was intended to invite artists from the region, local area or even nation the respective venue would be located. Contacts to all continents had already been made, from Beijing/China through Rabat/Morocco, Melboure/Australia and Montevideo/Urugay. However, the Covid-19-Pandemic forced the complete cancellation of these plans.

The more, it was a real pleasure to be able and invite 24 Hungarian artists to make proposals for additional contributions to the 2023 exhibition. As a consequence, the organisers – SAMMLUNG SCHROTH, House of Arts, Veszprém and drj art projects, then had to make hard a choice to finally select six works for the extension of the CENTURY-project.

The new entries are to be seen here [ordered alphabetically by first name, as the complete project is]:

András Wolsky [*1969 · HU]. Random dynamics of size A/4, 2023.

Random dynamics of size A/4.
I, II, III, 2023. Paper, acrylic, 29,7 x 21 cm.
Three unique works.

Only III [magenta] still available.
700 € net each.

The starting point of my work is the A/4 paper industry standard size itself, the A/4 paper form.
With this work, I have now reached back a bit to my university years spent at Dora Maurer. In fact, the beginning of my 25-year career goes back to the point when the defining element and starting point of my works were the proportions of the image medium and its specific dimensions (often found, randomly found boards).
My present work are adapted to the A/4 standard size.
So the basic shape of 297×210 mm is given. With the „help“ of this generated shape, I rotate it once on all four sides of the paper. (The center of rotation can be the corner points of the page and the points of the side bisector.) Which point is the center of rotation on a given page is determined by chance. In the same way, the generated randomness determines the angle at which the A/4 form should be placed on the paper, and the randomness also determines the width of the bands (that is, the contour thickness of the randomly rotating A/4 form).
According to my conception, the randomly created 4-layer line structure creates a system independent of me, actually the A/4 standard size itself and chance shape the composition.
The work become really exciting because a new line dynamic is created at the intersections of the intersecting strips located at different angles.
My work deal with the important segment of the Bauhaus, how industrial materials, sizes can be connected to art and artistic concepts.

Gyula Sagi [*1987 · HU]. Op. 1-9

Op. 1 – 9, 2023 Bauhaus Century.
Ink on paper, 29,7 x 21 cm.
Series of unique works

400 € net each

Energy, repetition, order, and disorder are the main principles of the Universe. So I chose them to be the basis of my working methods. My works are highly sensitive gesture “paintings” and, due to their repetitive technique, meditative tools for me.
These A4 format ball pen drawings were created for the exhibition Bauhaus Century in Veszprém, Hungary. They belong to my “Analog-noise” series, which I have been developing continuously since 2017.
They are pseudo scientific researches, extremely sensitive spectrographic measurements of far away interstellar objects, and galaxies.

István Halmi-Horváth [*1973 · HU]. Colour Structure A4/1, 2023.

Colour Structure A4/1, 2023. Acrylic Painting on Paper, 29,7 x 21 cm.
1 + E.A. (Unique painting, 1 copy on paper)


With the mapping, optical properties of the juxtaposed lines and stripes, I strive to represent reality and illusion together. My intention in this work was to show light and darkness, spatial depth, through different degrees of a colour, leaving free its philosophical, spiritual, scientific approaches. My aim is to show ambivalences, not to make statements, but to raise questions about the nature of the reality we experience, its receptivity.

Julia Nema [*1973 · HU]. 21, 2023.

21 4/1  artist paper + tracing paper
21 3/1  artist paper + tracing paper
21 2/2  watercolour paper + tracing paper
21 2/1  artist paper+tracing paper
21 1/3  washi paper + watercolour paper

Series of unique works. All 2023, 29,7 x 21 cm.

Four works available, 300 € net each.

A4 format is our most frequently used standard paper size. It is so ordinary that it is exciting. In recent years, I have made exclusive use of this format for a number of reliefs and collages, working with my own mix of paper and porcelain. This process serves me as a framework of both vision and haptics to elaborate on the conditions, dimensions and relations of white.
For CENTURY. idee bauhaus project, I chose to use blank paper only and created a set of A4 size paper works, each composed of two entire A4 format sheets, by folding, cutting and overlapping them. Each work includes, hides or reveals a square shape of 21×21 cm. The qualities of selected paper stocks range from soft to hard, thick to thin, solid to translucent, warm tone to cold.
This limited set of rules, however, opens up a wide range of possibilities where the difference between plane and space is dissolved. Through the interaction of tactile qualities and elusive color fields, the relativity of whiteness is awakened. Transparency makes a home for visibility and existence.
In this body of paper works entitled „21“, I evoke two Bauhaus Masters I admire the most – László Moholy-Nagy and Josef Albers.

Tamás Jovanovics [*1974 · HU]. B1, B2, B3, 2023.

B1, B2, B3, 2023, oil based coloured pencil on 350 gr. Bristol paper, 29,7 x 21 cm.

Three unique works.

700 € net each

For me, one of the most intriguing aspects of the whole Bauhaus movement is theatre – also defined as ‘artistic metaphysical mathematics’ by Oskar Schlemmer. The drawings that I sent to the ‘CENTURY+[HU]’ project are in a way a homage to the choreographies and costumes of the figures of the Bauhaus theatre set. I also think in general Bauhaus was the first to demonstrate that mathematical/geometrical thinking is not in opposition to artistic thinking. This explains why I use the common 5 mm grid of the mathematics notebooks as a departure point in these drawings. On the other hand, these drawings are reminiscent of an older series of mine, called “Sliced Paintings” or “Boogie-Woogie series”, just in this case there is only one central, vertical, irregularly geometrical, cut shape (in order to recall the abstract human Bauhaus dolls), the cut-off pieces are not used in the composition (unlike in my former larger size sliced paintings, where the smaller lateral cut-off pieces were reorganised and of notable importance in the final composition) .

Vera Molnar [*1924 · HU]. Inclinaisons, machine à écrire.

Inclinaisons, machine à écrire, 1974/2023. Serigraphy on paper, 29,7 x 21 cm.

Edition 7 + 3 E.A.
3 works available.

400 € net

Adaption of a work from 1974, special edition proposed by the artist for CENTURY. idee bauhaus +[HU] in spring 2023.

Produced by Galerie Linde Hollinger, Ladenburg [DE].
Certificate of authenticity provided by drj art projects.

CENTURY @ House of Arts Veszprém [HU]

Third time on display January 20 through April 2, 2023, at Palais Dubniczay in Veszprém, Hungary

As part of the European Capital of Culture 2023, the exhibition CENTURY. idee bauhaus will be on view once again in Veszprém, Hungary in the municipal museum House of Arts.

The backdrop is the personal contact of the collector and initiator of the Stiftung Konzeptuelle Kunst Soest, Carl-Jürgen Schroth, with the collector László Vass, who himself runs a private museum in Veszprém that is a venue of the House of Arts. Its focus is close to Stiftung Konzeptuelle Kunst Soest in terms of content. Carl-Jürgen Schroth acquired the original edition of CENTURY in 2020 for his collection. Together with other selected works from his extensive art collection of minimal, conceptual and concrete art, it will be on display in Veszprém from January 20, 2023 through April 2, 2023. Moreover, there will be an exchange with works from the László Vass Collection, which will then be shown in the Schroth Artroom at the Wilhelm Morgner Museum in Soest.

For the press release in English and German, Click here…