Oskar Schlemmer, GEMÄLDE, ZEICHNUNGEN, BÜHNENENTWÜRFE, FIGURINEN, Kunstverein Jena, Jena, 1924

Duration: December 14, 1924January 11, 1925

Invitation Design: Oskar Schlemmer

Dimensions: 10.5 x 15.8 cm

Further Information: The invitation postcard contains a letter from Oskar Schlemmer to Walter Dexel, who was director of Kunstverein Jena from 1916 to 1928. Dexel, a painter and graphic designer, organized exhibitions with many of the Bauhaus artists to support them against early criticism. As director, he presented exhibitions with the architects Walter Gropius and Adolf Meyer as well as with visual artists such as Josef Albers, Paul Klee, and László Maholy-Nagy. Oskar Schlemmer’s exhibition was part of a series of exhibitions, which started with woodcuts by Gerhard Marck and ended with a show by Vasily Kandinsky in spring 1925. During Dexel’s active years at Kunstverein Jena, eight solo shows by Bauhaus professors and several group shows including Bauhaus students took place.

More detailed information can be found in ‘Jena und das Bauhaus’ by Volker Wahl, an article published in 1979, found at the following link.


Images: Images of the invitation and all other archival documents shown on this page are part of the online collection of Archiv der Avantgarden, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden.

Oskar SchlemmerWalter Dexel

In 1925, Oskar Schlemmer wrote a very special letter—in dialect—to Walter Dexel, designer and director of Kunstverein Jena, where Schlemmer had an exhibition one year before.