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

Duration: December 14, 1924 January 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 himself, 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 artist such as Josef Albers, Paul Klee, and László Maholy-Nagy. Oskar Schlemmer’s exhibition was part of a series of exhibitions, which started with the woodcuts by Gerhard Marck, and ended with a show by Vasily Kandinsky in spring 1925. During the active years of Walter Dexel, altogether eight solo shows of Bauhaus professors and several group shows including Bauhaus student took place at the Kunstverein.

More detailed information can be found in the article Jena und das Bahaus by Volker Wahl, published in 1979, under the following link.

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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.