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‘Extra Ordinary Every Day’:

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Bauhaus exhibit online

Moholy-Nagy's 'light-space
László Moholy-Nagy’s light prop for an electric stage (light-space modulator). German, 1930. (Photo copyright 2003 President and Fellows of Harvard College)

Twenty-one objects from the permanent collection of the Busch-Reisinger Museum are now part of a unique online exhibition about Germany’s Bauhaus school of art. The interactive exhibition – “Extra Ordinary Every Day: The Bauhaus at the Busch-Reisinger” – can be viewed at through 2005.

The primary goal of the Bauhaus, the progressive institution for the teaching of art and design in early 20th century Germany, was to articulate modern culture through new forms designed for everyday life. “Extra Ordinary Every Day” offers a virtual tour of objects the museum obtained during the period after World War II. Kimberly Mims, the Werner and Maren Otto Curatorial Fellow at the museum from 2000 to 2002, organized the exhibit.

“As this Internet exhibition demonstrates, we are no longer trapped by limitations of space and time in gaining access to museum exhibitions,” said Marjorie B. Cohn, acting director of the Harvard University Art Museums. “Even if you cannot travel to Cambridge, you can see this show, and we can keep it ‘on view’ far longer than the artworks themselves, some in light-sensitive media, would allow,” Cohn said. “The Moholy-Nagy film and sculpture, which is very fragile and cannot be operated without risk, can now be set into virtual motion on demand.”