Walking around Buenos Aires, you may have begun to notice small posters in primary colors here and there. Geometric and simple in design, the postcard-sized prints have sprung up across the city, in the most unassuming places. Stuck onto electrical boxes, lampposts, and in the corners of walls, the images pay homage to the Bauhaus Foundation, whose 100th anniversary will be celebrated in April 2019.

If you haven’t spotted the Bauhaus-inspired street art prints, you’ll have almost certainly seen Ale Giorgga’s other designs around Palermo and beyond. Including brightly colored prints with strong typography, his work was initially inspired by posters advertising cumbia music. Often sought out by street art tours and visitors looking for *that* selfie on Palermo’s Santa Rosa passage, Giorgga forms part of a wave of street artists in Buenos Aires who have used this paste-up technique. Known as the Petrushaus movement, this version of paste-up poster art is both an effective and easy way of spreading an artist’s message. Economical and easy to reproduce, the posters can spring up anywhere and quickly become popular with fans who want to take their next Instagram-friendly snap.

Having created street art for the last eight years in Buenos Aires, Giorgga often reflected the contemporary social and cultural problems of Argentina in his work. Describing his desire to feel connected to his followers through his art, Giorgga explains that using the paste-up technique to create is one of the easiest ways to remain remembered by followers. A knack for creating eye-catching yet challenging art, Giorgga is one of the city’s most popular and recognized street artists. Once you’re turned on to his aesthetic, you’ll almost immediately begin to notice his work everywhere.

Keen for a new project and a fresh challenge, Giorgga set about creating a design that would celebrate the 100th birthday of the Bauhaus Foundation and the Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo’s latest exhibition, El Mundo Entero Es Una Bauhaus. Speaking with art investigator and Bauhaus enthusiast Marcelo Gutman, Giorgga decided that linking the exhibition with street art would be an important part of honoring the Foundation in a modern and original way. Unusual for the two worlds of museum exhibitions and street art to collide, you can’t help but feel the innovative concept is a suitable ode to the art movement that shook up the world.

A monumental retrospective detailing the Bauhaus Foundation’s worldwide impact both during Weimar Germany and beyond during the last 99 years, the exhibit includes documents, photographs, and a few key objects. A look at an art school that changed the design world forever is on display in the regal, grandiose settings of the museum and is a chance to explore the formative years, development, and eventual closing of the school. Of course, paying homage to its worldwide impact within design circles, it’s an interesting journey back through Germany’s social and cultural history as well.

The Bauhaus art school had a relatively short lifespan of fourteen years, during which it operated across Germany in three different cities, Weimar, Dessau, and Berlin. Eventually folding due to pressure from the then Nazi government in 1933, the school’s groundbreaking work in design education was put to a stop. However, the Bauhaus movement continued and lives on in the world of minimalistic interiors and cleverly made furniture, its most iconic pieces having inspired generations of furniture designers and making it one of the design world’s most pioneering forces.

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Founded by Walter Gropius just after the First World War in 1919, the school focused on functionality and the needs of the consumer as opposed to the traditionally elaborate creations that had occupied the design sphere beforehand. Hoping to bring together craftsmanship and art, the school rejected traditional art teaching and instead focused on practical approaches that could reinvent the concept of a fine art school and unify both creativity and commercial industry.

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Simple and light, the furniture was usually made with materials like wood, metal, plastics, and glass, without additional decoration. Created with the consumer in mind, the Bauhaus was about function over form, putting practicality at the forefront while combining it with minimalistic and quirky designs. The furniture, which quickly became hugely popular with consumers, was a representation of how the school had successfully created a connection between art and industry, while managing to be commercial as well.

Keep your eyes peeled for this new and original kind of unity between a 21st century urban artist, Giorgga, on the streets and one of the art world’s most innovative foundations represented at the National Decorative Arts Museum.

El Mundo Entero es Una Bauhaus is on at Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo (Av. Libertador 1902) until August 12th. Entrance is free. The museum is open from 12.30 PM until 7 PM every day, except for Mondays when it remains closed.

Make sure to follow Ale Giorgga on Instagram for the latest on his street art designs. Follow the Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo on Facebook and Instagram for all art related updates


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2018-07-10 13:51:41

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