The Aspen Institute Presents Rarely Seen “Herbert Bayer Photographs, 1928-1934”

October 26, 2018

Herbert Bayer, who designed the Aspen Institute campus, was a student and master teacher of the Bauhaus.

Contact: Cristal Logan
Vice President, Aspen
[email protected]
Tel. 970-544-7929

Aspen, CO – The Aspen Institute is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit, entitled Herbert Bayer Photographs, 1928-1934. The exhibit will be on view in the Paepcke Gallery in the Paepcke Building until June 10, 2019.

Herbert Bayer was a student, and then a master teacher of the Bauhaus from 1921-1928. Bayer emigrated to the United States in 1938 and following an invitation by Walter and Elizabeth Paepcke, he moved to Aspen in 1946 with his wife, Joella, where they remained until 1975. Arguably, Bayer’s greatest achievement is the Aspen Institute campus.  The campus was designed as a total environment in which art is integrated into all aspects of work, life and recreation. Bayer passed away in 1985 in Santa Monica and was considered the ‘last of the Bauhaus Masters’. While many of Bayer’s contemporaries emigrated from Germany at the same time, few were as committed to forwarding the Bauhaus ethic as ardently as Bayer.

This intimate exhibition of Bayer photographs, generously on loan from Jamie White, Andrew Sirotnak, and Paul Harbaugh, presents a selection of images Herbert Bayer created between 1928 and 1934, a time in which he was most prolific with the camera. Although he continued to use the camera throughout his life, he was never interested in continuing his photography as an art form.  Aspen Institute Art Curator Lissa Ballinger noted, “This small exhibition reveals yet another aspect of Bayer’s work that is less known and deserves to be better appreciated, not just as a moment in time, but how it was an essential part of Bayer becoming the complete artist and embodying the ideals of the Bauhaus.”

Editor’s note: To request images from the exhibit, please contact Cristal Logan: [email protected]


The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit aspeninstitute.org.

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