Hajo Rose – Bauhaus Foto Typo

Hajo Rose Bauhaus Selbstportrait

Hajo Rose: Self portrait montage

On September 14th a new exhibition looking at the work of one of the most intriguing Bauhaus artists opens at the Bauhaus Archiv in Berlin.

“Hajo Rose – Bauhaus Foto Typo” focuses primarily on the Hajo Rose’s time at Bauhaus as well as his period in exile in Holland during the Second World War.

Primarily remembered as a graphic designer and exhibition stand designer, Hajo Rose was also a highly talented photographer and drawer.

Although Hajo Rose studied at Bauhaus Dessau and Berlin under Walter Peterhans, Josef Albers and Joost Schmidt, one of the greatest influences on his work was without question Laszlo Moholy-Nagy.

Not only was Moholy-Nagy instrumental in the development of the photography department in Dessau, but as the leading light in the typography department he also influenced Rose’s master Joost Schmidt. In addition, following the dissolution of Bauhaus in 1933 Hajo Rose briefly worked as am assistant for Moholy-Nagy in Berlin.

Moholy-Nagy’s credo was “Typography must present a clear message in the most striking form” and Hajo Rose’s work echos this ethos.

Similarly Hajo Rose’s photography can be viewed in the context of Moholy-Nagy’s teachings and especially his fascination with what could be achieved through manipulation of processes and the use of technology.

Following his resignation from the SED Hajo Rose lost his teaching position and subsequently made a  living as a freelance graphic designer in Leipzig.
Hajo Rose in 1989 shortly before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

While the exhibition is without question a welcome introduction to an artist who still remains relatively unknown – it sadly doesn’t touch upon is Hajo Rose’s life and work following his return to Sachsen in 1949 and specifically his time with Mart Stam and Marianne Brandt at the Hochschule für Werkkunst and Bildende Kunst in Dresden and subsequently at the Fachhochschule für Angewandte Kunst here in Leipzig.

And so we’re already looking forward to the second exhibition….

Hajo Rose – Bauhaus Foto Typo can be viewed at the Bauhaus Archiv in Berlin until November the 8th.

The title image from the magazine "Prisma der kunsten" a sdesigned by Hajo Rose (1936)

The title image from the magazine "Prisma der kunsten" as designed by Hajo Rose (1936)

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