In 2009 the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, the Berlin Bauhaus-Archiv, and New York's Museum of Modern Art organized three major Bauhaus exhibits. The year marked the ninetieth anniversary of the Bauhaus's founding in Weimar as well as the twentieth anniversary of the Berlin Wall's dismantling. German reunification enabled hitherto impossible collaborations between scholars and museums in former East and West Germany, yielding exhibitions of unprecedented breadth and scale. These political and institutional developments, and also shifting conceptions of modernism, fueled the 2009 Bauhaus exhibitions and their accompanying catalogs. New scholarship emphasizing inter-artistic dialogue and ideological ambivalence has challenged existing narratives of modernism that equated artistic progress with medium specificity and/or with leftist political agitation. Political and intellectual developments over the last twenty years made a comprehensive reevaluation of the Bauhaus both desirable and necessary.

Three very different catalogs accompanied the 2009 Bauhaus...

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