November 24, 2009 - Consulate General of the Republic of Hungary, New York

THE STAGE OF ANDOR WEININGER

Opening of an Exhibition of Works by Andor Weininger (1889-1986)

and

the Launch of Two Monographs on the Artist

by Oliver Botar and András Koerner

Photos: Zoltán Tardos

Andor Weininger studied and worked at the Bauhaus from 1921 to 1928. His designs for a Spherical Theater and a Mechanical Stage Revue are among the most innovative theatrical concepts of the 20th century. Ever since the late 1920s, these fascinating projects have been included in many publications and exhibitions concerning the Bauhaus and modern theater. Weininger was one of the key members of Oskar Schlemmer's stage workshop at the Bauhaus and the founder of the innovative Bauhaus Band.

The real and metaphorical stage played a central role in Weininger's interdisciplinary oeuvre, which also included painting, sculpture, furniture and interior design, utopian architecture, stage set and costume design, and performance. He was a pioneer of biomorphic modernism and surrealism in Germany, styles that dominated his art in the Netherlands after 1938. In Canada, starting in 1951, he continued creating such works but he also returned to geometric abstract art, a style that came to predominate after he moved to New York in 1958.

His work can be found in the collections of museums in the United States, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, and Hungary.

Oliver Botar and András Koerner, authors of recently published monographs about the artist, introduced their books. In addition to featuring 45 works from all periods of the artist's career, the exhibition included photographs depicting Weininger's legendary stage and musical performances at the Bauhaus. The event was timed to coincide with MoMA's Bauhaus exhibition and its "Hungary and the Bauhaus" symposium.

Introduction by:
Polgár Viktor Ambassador,
Consul General of Hungary in New York

Oliver Botar and András Koerner,
authors of recently published monographs about the artist


Related links:

Andor Weininger

A Bauhausler in Canada: Andor Weininger in the '50s by Oliver A.I. Botar

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