Revisiting Black Mountain

Experimentation as experience, self-determined learning and teaching, democratic coexistence: the Black Mountain College (1933–1957) in the USA was a place of lived utopia, a vanishing point of modernity, which has remained a projection screen for creative and social ideas to this day. Here Josef and Anni Albers taught after the closing of the Bauhaus, John Cage performed his first happenings, Merce Cunningham founded his dance company, and R. Buckminster Fuller built his domed structures. Black Mountain students included the sculptor Ruth Asawa and the painter Robert Rauschenberg. Part of ZHdK’s Revisiting Black Mountain program, this exhibition presents photographs, films, and documents that explore and illumine the interrelations between the arts, the fusion of art and life, and the very essence of creativity.


Exhibitions and events

Design Studio: Processes

Temporary exhibition at Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Toni-Areal until 14.04.2019

How is a chair, a lamp, or a typeface developed? How do designers approach the design process? What kind of cultural and social relevance does design have? The Museum für Gestaltung is launching the...

Stefan Sagmeister. The Happy Show

Temporary exhibition at Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Toni-Areal until 11.03.2018

What is happiness, who can find it, and what can we do for our personal luck? New York-based graphic designer and typographer Stefan Sagmeister has intensively investigated these big questions. “The...

MyCollection: Stefan Sagmeister

Temporary exhibition at Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Toni-Areal until 11.03.2018

The Museum für Gestaltung has amassed over 500,000 objects in its collections. This immense repertoire serves as a basis for the project series MyCollection, a new version of which is now presented...

Protest! Resistance posters

Temporary exhibition at Museum für Gestaltung Zürich, Toni-Areal from 20.04.2018

Globalization, women’s rights, Trump: the poster has established itself as an effective medium for political struggle. 50 years after 1968, the onset of a worldwide rebellion, this exhibition...

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