Bauhaus: Art is Life: Review

I recently visited ‘Bauhaus: Art as Life’ – a major new exhibition at the Barbican Art Gallery. This is the third Bauhaus Exhibition I have been to – I’m a fan. The Bauhaus movement played a massive part in my life and has influenced me to be the person I’m today. I have kept a Bauhaus sketchbook for the last eight years. I am featuring some of my sketches in this post.

Although the Bauhaus was only open for 14 years its work was followed across the world and became the most influential Art and Design School of the 20th Century, having a massive influence on modern architecture, painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, furniture, graphics, product design, theatre, film and photography.

The show contains work from major artists and professionals who taught at the School, Laszlo Moholy – Nagy, Herbert Bayer and many more who studied and lived at the Bauhaus School of Arts. Much of their work shows a playfulness, but this did not stop their work from being taken very seriously.

While walking throughout the exhibition, I felt ever so engaged with the masterful work. Although I have seen some of it before I felt like I was seeing it for the very first time – I almost felt like a child; taking in each individual creation, searching with my eyes for more.

My understanding of this influential design movement grew at the exhibition. I would strongly recommend it to anyone – everyone; you don’t necessarily have to have an interest in crafts and design movements in order to get to know about Bauhaus. It’s about more than just people being creative. It’s inspiring just to be around so many pioneering achievements. Don’t forget: much of what we are seeing in the exhibition is nearly 100 years old. These artist must have really been thinking outside the box.


Although the Bauhaus was sadly closed in 1933, the idea of invention through a playful, lively sprit has grown from that point onwards and has left its legacy to the present day.

Bauhaus: Art As Life is at the Barbican Art Gallery from 3 May until 10 August. Tickets £10 online / £12 on the door, cheaper for concessions.

Article written by: Tahmina Rahman
Twitter – @Tahmina_Rahman
Tahmina’s Photography

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