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Successful Experiment

16 August 2015 | By: Bettina Pfleging

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The aim was to build a democratic, interdisciplinary teaching institute for art and culture. In 1933 Black Mountain College was founded in the US state of North Carolina, an art collective with a modern training concept. Interdisciplinary approaches, experiments in teaching methods and processes and community life forms led to a lively cultural exchange, not only locally. Worldwide the performatisation of the practices and the creative impulses had significant influence on the artistic development after the mid-20th century.
The history of the university experiment until its closure in 1957 is shown in the exhibition as well as numerous works of many of the Black Mountain College teachers and students. Over the entire duration of the exhibition students from different universities are presenting archival materials in the form of readings, concerts and performances in order to check the relevance of the pedagogic approaches.

„Black Mountain. An Interdisciplinary Experiment 1933 – 1957“
5 June to 27 September 2015, Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin

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Josef Albers. Black Mountain College Seal, 1935; EasyDB, Universität Bern, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Universitätsbibliothek Bern

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Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer. Black Mountain College, Ausschnitt, 1938-1939, Fotografie, 32,8 × 50,9 cm, Cambridge MA; ArteMIS, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

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Josef Albers. John Dewey (links) und John Andrew Rice im Black Mountain College, Ausschnitt, 1935, Fotografie; HeidICON – Europäische Kunstgeschichte, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Universitätsbibliothek, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

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Josef Albers. Kunstunterricht am Black Mountain College, Ausschnitt, 1946; EasyDB, Universität Bern, Institut für Kunstgeschichte, Universitätsbibliothek Bern

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Josef Breitenbach. Black Mountain College, Ausschnitt, 1944, Fotografie; Imago, Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Kunstgeschichtliches Seminar, Humboldt-Universität Berlin

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Josef Breitenbach. Josef Albers’ Unterricht zur Farbenlehre am Black Mountain College, Ausschnitt, 1944, Fotografie; ArteMIS, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

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Clemens Kalischer. Tanzklasse von Merce Cunningham, Black Mountain College, Ausschnitt, 1948, Fotografie; Imago, Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Kunstgeschichtliches Seminar, Humboldt-Universität Berlin

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Robert Rauschenberg. Quiet House, Black Mountain, Ausschnitt, 1949, 76,6 × 73,2 cm; IKARE, Martin-Luther-Universität, Institut für Kunstgeschichte und Archäologien Europas, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle, Institut für Klassische Altertumswissenschaften