Das Bauhaus in Kalkutta

Edition Bauhaus 36
Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau
Ed. by Regina Bittner und Kathrin Rhomberg
With Texts by Sria Chatterjee, Boris Friedewald, Kris Manjapra, Kobena Mercer, Partha Mitter, Tapati Guha-Thakurta, Sanjukta Sunderason u.a.

The Bauhaus exhibition in Calcutta in 1922 was a unique experience on the international art scene—a meeting of artistic and intellectual affinities. On a search for renewal after World War I, Western modernism encountered its Indian counterpart, which had emancipated itself from colonial constraints. At the Bauhaus’s first international show, works by Paul Klee, Lyonel Feininger, Johannes Itten, and other Bauhaus artists were presented alongside those of modern Indian artists such as Nandalal Bose, Sunayani Devi, and Abanindranath and Gaganendranath Tagore. This publication gives an account how this unusual encounter came about and presents the exhibition as an exemplary case of art history that dealt with shared visions rather than transmissions from the West to the East.

2013, Hatje Cantz Verlag
176 pp., 119 ills., softcover
ISBN 978-3-7757-3657-2