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THE BAUHAUS, a Comprehensive New Digital Resource, Launched by the Harvard Art Museums


                                                                                                                       Image: Harvard Art Museums

Fine Art in the New Media

This blog is devoted to reporting on The Book and Fine Art in the New Media. It discusses the use of New Media tools to fulfill the mission of making art accessible to everyone, everywhere. The use of New Media tools does not have to be “lights, bells and whistles.” Instead, it looks at elements such as ease of use, seamless interface and others*. Our first Post of 2017 is The Bauhaus,** a comprehensive new digital resource launched by the Harvard Art Museums.

As stated on The Bauhaus website,

“The Harvard Art Museums have unveiled a new online resource dedicated to the Bauhaus, expanding access to one of the first and largest Bauhaus collections in the world. The Bauhaus Special Collection, available at harvardartmuseums.org/collections/special-collections/the-bauhaus, supports understanding of and scholarship on the 20th century’s most influential school of art and design … ”

“The digital resource relates to a broader Bauhaus project that will culminate in a major exhibition and related programming across the Harvard campus in 2019 on the occasion of the centennial anniversary of the founding of the school.”

“This new online special collection gives access to the records of more than 32,000 Bauhaus-related objects in the museums’ holdings, including paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photography, textiles, and other media.”

Ease of Use – All 32,696 Works


Here is a look at some of the sections




The Holdings

screen-shot-2017-01-03-at-7-07-05-pm“The Holdings section presents a new way of looking at the Harvard Art Museums’ Bauhaus-related works, enabling easier access to online records of objects. Topics in this section group objects by different facets of the school, allowing a researcher to navigate the collections by media (painting and sculpture, photography, etc.), by discipline (architecture), and by theme, such as “The Bauhaus at Harvard,” “Pedagogy,” and “Typography,” in order to discover new material.”

Below are screen shots of some of the sections in the Holdings.








Additional Features

“The Bauhaus Special Collection also includes a comprehensive list of Bauhaus-related archives and exhibitions held across Harvard and an extensive bibliography. An annotated map shows the locations of institutions and archives affiliated with the school in and around Boston, as well as architectural points of interest, including the Gropius House in Lincoln, the John F. Kennedy Federal Building, and many lesser-known projects. These resources should fuel future Bauhaus research and catalyze new engagement with the collection, particularly through the museums’ Art Study Center.”

The Bauhaus is another fine example of the use of the New Media to bring art to all.


About the Bauhaus

“Created by architect Walter Gropius, the Bauhaus promoted collaboration across creative disciplines, and between artists, architects, and craftsmen, as part of a utopian project of designing a new world.”
“Modernists such as Josef and Anni Albers, Feininger, Kandinsky, Klee, Moholy-Nagy, and Oskar Schlemmer taught in the school’s various workshops, realigning hierarchies of high and low by embracing new technologies, materials, and media, and exploring cosmopolitan forms of communal living. Though the school officially existed for only 14 years (from 1919 to 1933, during the years of Germany’s Weimar Republic), its influence has been far-reaching, extending into the ways we live, teach, and learn today.” (Harvard Art Museums)


* Fine Art in the New Media

1. Fine Art in the new media  should be accessible, from the Google Art Project, and the new and dynamic Museum websites for the Louvre, the Metropolitan, the Musée d’Orsay, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Van Gogh Museum, and others so that, “There is [virtually] nothing between me and my Leonardo.”

2. Fine Art in the new media should be interactive, the zoom views of Google Art being a present prime example:

3. Fine Art in the new media should be viewer directed. “I want to see what I want to see.”

4. Fine Art in the new media should be able to be manipulated, which enables the viewer to use their creativity. to examine, adapt, and experiment with the art. In this sense, you can even make one of your pictures look like a Warhol .

5. Fine Art in the new media should be comparative , enabling the viewer to array pictures from different museums side by side to study technique, execution, and genre.

6. Lastly, Fine Art in the new media should be able to be viewed as a continuum. of man’s effort at visual expression.(whitherthebook)

** The Bauhaus movement began in 1919 when Walter Gropius founded a school with a vision of bridging the gap between art and industry by combining crafts and fine arts. (Bauhaus Movement)

January 4, 2017 by Jack Dziamba



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