The Resnicks and the Legacy of Herbert Bayer

October 1, 2019  • Institute Staff

This year, the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus School of Design, Lynda and Stewart Resnick donated $10 million for a new center on the Institute’s campus in Aspen dedicated to the work of artist Herbert Bayer. The Resnick Center for Herbert Bayer Studies will allow the Institute to preserve and honor the art of Bayer, who designed the Institute’s campus and whose work represents the fullest expression of the Bauhaus movement in America. Through this gift, the Institute will be able to showcase its Bayer works, expand its collection, borrow from major cultural institutions, and open new exhibitions to educate the public about Bayer’s legacy. “The impact of art and design in society has been a source of inspiration for Stewart and me throughout our lives,” said Lynda Resnick, the vice chair and co-owner of The Wonderful Company. “We are gratified to support the Institute in providing a resource for future generations to appreciate the influence that Bauhaus had on Bayer and consequently on the town of Aspen and the campus of the Institute, Bayer’s greatest work of art.” With an emphasis on the integration of form and function, Bayer’s work reflects the innovative thinking and problem solving that are central to the Aspen Idea (see “A Total Work of Art,” page 52).