26 July - 20 October 2019
In the year of its centenary the Bauhaus returned to haunt our museums. How do contemporary artists re-imagine a relationship to this legendary school? Are they scavengers raiding the ruins of modernism, appropriators of ‘good design’ kitsch or acolytes of an unholy sect? Bauhaus Now! explored its legacy in Australia—both for contemporary artists and for art education—highlighting its visionary, collectivist ideals and its radical practices.
Mondspiel, the ground-floor installation by Mikala Dwyer and Justene Williams, was part resurrection and part zombie dance. The first-floor gallery displayed rare Bauhaus archival material from the two former Bauhaus students exiled to Australia, Gertrude Herzger-Seligmann and Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack.
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Reconstructions by kinetic artists Michael Candy and Christopher Handran demonstrated the celebrated Bauhaus experiments with colour and light, in Hirschfeld-Mack’s Farbenlichtspiele, (Colour-Light Play) and Moholy-Nagy’s Light Space Modulator.

The Bauhaus Weaving of Elizabeth Pulie and Rose Nolan’s constructions were both made from the cast-off litter of domestic life. Other artists in this exhibition channelled colour theory, like Peter D Cole’s miniature multiples, Jacky Redgate’s experiments with colour, light and photography, and Shane Haseman’s performance Triadic Dance of the Secondaries. Students across art, design and architecture schools collaborated in a parade and exhibit a series of abstract toys.

Mikala Dwyer & Justene Williams
Gertrude Herzger-Seligmann
Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack
Paul Klee
Michael Candy
Peter D Cole
Christopher Handran
Shane Haseman
Rose Nolan
Elizabeth Pulie

Jacky Redgate

Curated by Ann Stephen.


Exhibition Catalogue

The Bauhaus Now! catalogue accompanies the Buxton Contemporary exhibition of the same name, marking the centenary of the Bauhaus, arguably the most important, and certainly the best-known, art and design school of the 20th century.

Contributors include Susan Best and Ann Stephen. Foreward by Ryan Johnston.


Download exhibition artwork labels to suit your viewing needs.


Centre of visual art, The university of Sydney, Australian Council – Australian Research Council, Australian Council for the Arts, Goethe Institut, Four Pillars, Dody Oliver

Image credit: Installation view, Mondspiel (Moon play) 2019 (detail), Mikala Dwyer and Justene Williams, Buxton Contemporary, The University of Melbourne, 26 July – 20 October 2019 mixed-media installation Courtesy of the artist, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Melbourne; Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney; Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney. Photography by Christian Capurro.