Wishing you were here….

Here’s proof that a postcard can pack a lot in a small package:

bauhauscards01

Pamela Popeson, a preparator in MOMA‘s Department of Architecture and Design, blogged about a stunning collection of Bauhaus  that recently entered MOMA’s collection.

She also expresses regret that today next to no postcards, whether that be a one-of-a-kind artist creation or massed produced souvenir image, arrive in her letter box.

Moreover, she brings attention to the word ‘deltiology‘. That’s the term for postcard collecting.

Her text highlights the fact that exhibition announcements in postcard form have largely vanished. Replaced by electronic transmissions containing excess verbiage, they rob us of an experience that is tactile as much as visual.

bauhauscards15

Then, in Hyperallergenic, Allison Meier notes how Architecture and Design Curator Juliet Kinchin reminds us how these artists were drawn to exploring means of mass production and new print media. Producing one-off creations does not seem to have been a priority for them.

Lastly, the designs represent the school’s radical ideas before its identity became firmly established. From today’s perspective the Bauhaus look is easily recognised. It seems standardised.

See more at these posts: Having a Wonderful Time at the Bauhaus Exhibition in Weimar, 1923 and The Exuberant Postcard of the First Bauhaus Exhibition.

———————————————————————————————————————

Photos:

Hyperallergic: Lyonel Feininger “Bauhaus Ausstellung Weimar Juli–Sept, 1923, Karte 1″ (1923), lithograph, 5 7/8 × 3 15/16 inches

HyperallergicKurt Schmidt, “Bauhaus Ausstellung Weimar Juli–Sept, 1923, Karte 19″ (1923), lithograph, 5 7/8 × 3 15/16 inches

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s