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Join other art lovers for an evening of lively discussion, be the first to see new acquisitions, and be inspired by our masterpieces! Tweevenings will be held every other month, on the first Tuesday of the month. Faculty, students and community members are invited to choose work to be discussed!



Tweevening with Jim Klueg


European and Bauhaus Influence


Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Tweed Museum of Art


Jim Klueg, ceramist and head of the Department of Art & Design, UMD, will give a presentation related to the exhibition Resurfaced, Reformed: Evolution in Studio Ceramics. Klueg will present about works related to the European and Bauhaus Influence grouping.


Lucie Rie


Image Credits

Lucie Rie (Austrian, 1902-1995)
Classic Bronze Rimmed Bowl, n.d.

Wheel-thrown porcelain, bronze

Collection of Tweed Museum of Art, UMD

Gift of Marguerite L. Gilmore Charitable Foundation Fund



European and Bauhaus Influence


The Bauhaus (1919-1933), a pioneering German art school which was renowned for the equal promotion of art and craft media in its curriculum, left an aesthetic legacy that long outlived its relatively short duration before Hitler’s rise to power. Its relocation to the US further cemented this influence. Although its influence pervaded most art media, regarding ceramics, its stylistic tendency was toward reductivist, geometric design that stressed tersely elegant functional ceramics.


As with a number of Bauhaus artists in the years around WWII, ceramists such as Marguerite Wildenhain*, migrated to America and set up practice. Wildenhain became especially influential through her books as well as pottery. Similarly, other European émigrés, formally unaffiliated with the Bauhaus (but sharing its stylistic preferences)included Lucie Rie* and Vivika and Otto Heino*.


* asterisks denote ceramists featured in the exhibition




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