This autumn Bristol plays an important part in the year-long celebrations which mark the centenary of the Bauhaus, history’s most famous art school, with a unique exhibition at the Ken Stradling Collection.
The Bauhaus in Bristol exhibition is one of a series of events taking place right across Europe and America and commemorates the little-known but highly significant partnership between one of the Bauhaus’s most celebrated figures, the architect and designer Marcel Breuer, and Bristol entrepreneur and furniture retailer Crofton Gane. Gane was already playing a pivotal role championing the Modern movement in 1930s Bristol, when in 1936 Breuer, one of the first Bauhaus students and master in the furniture workshop, arrived in London as a refugee from Nazi Germany.
Their lifelong friendship put the city firmly on the design map, and proved to be a turning point in the history of modern design, resulting in a collection of furniture designed by Breuer for Gane’s Bristol home in 1937 as freshly contemporary now as it was 80 years ago. Here is a unique opportunity to see these internationally important pieces, owned by the Ken Stradling Collection and the Gane Trust.
The Bauhaus in Bristol exhibition will include rare archive material and images, Breuer-designed and Gane-manufactured furniture, and artefacts. On show will also be a model of the Gane Pavilion, a miniature masterpiece designed by Breuer in 1936 to exhibit Gane furniture at the Royal Agricultural Show in Ashton Park. It only stood for three weeks, yet he described it along with his UNESCO building in Paris as one of the most important works of his entire career. It is a rare opportunity to explore this fascinating story.
Image: Gane’s Pavilion, Bristol, England, ca 1936/Marcel Breuer Papers 1920-1986, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
The exhibition runs from Saturday 14 September 2019 until Saturday 25 January 2020.
Entrance to the gallery is free.
The gallery is open on Wednesdays from 11:00 until 16:00. During exhibitions, it is also open Saturdays from 11:00 until 16:00. However, the gallery advise you to call beforehand if you are travelling a long distance.
The ground floor is fully accessible by wheelchair but there is no wheelchair accessible toilet. Please contact the venue directly if you would like further information.