The Legacy of Herbert Bayer: Recent Gifts and Loans to the Aspen Institute signals an on-going focus in the visual art programming of the Aspen Institute. The exhibition formalizes the commitment to the collection, study, appreciation, and preservation of the work of this master artist, acknowledging his seminal contribution to the Institute.
This latest installment of the exhibition offers a broad perspective, surveying Bayer’s lifework. It is a retrospective, highlighting a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, tapestries, photographs, graphics, advertisements, and ceramics that have been donated or loaned to the Institute from private collections. Bayer diligently adhered to the ethos of the Bauhaus movement throughout his artistic career. He believed in the equality of all arts; there was no delineation between applied art, craft, and fine art. This exhibition clearly illustrates his commitment to Bauhaus ideals by presenting a diverse selection from his oeuvre. While this exhibition is a permanent installation, it will evolve as temporary loans are replaced by gifts and new loans.