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Exhibition at Bauhaus Dessau Marks the 100th Birthday of Bauhaus Student Kurt Kranz
Ingrid Kranz, widow of the Bauhaus-student Kurt Kranz poses at an exhibition, entitled Kurt Kranz - the Programming of the Beautiful, at the Bauhaus in Dessau, Germany. The special exhibition presenting the works of the German artist, graphic designer and experimenal film maker runs until 27 March 2011. EPA/HENRDIK SCHMIDT.
DESSAU.- The Bauhaus Dessau dedicates a comprehensive exhibition to the painter, graphic designer and photographer Kurt Kranz to mark his 100th birthday. In 1930, the then twenty-year-old lithographer came from Bielefeld to study at the Bauhaus Dessau, where he soon established himself as a pioneer of serial and generative methods. With his avant-garde work, Kranz’s methods anticipated those of later generations.

Inspired by a lecture by Lszl Moholy-Nagy, Kurt Kranz came to the Bauhaus Dessau in April 1930. In Walter Peterhans's photography class, Kranz began to experiment with photographic techniques and created some of the most striking abstract picture series to emerge from the Bauhaus. Alienated and abstracted faces and hands appear repeatedly in his dynamic picture series. These show Kranz’s early affinity for film as, page for page, the abstract forms interact with one another. Kranz drafted his first concepts for abstract films at the Bauhaus, although he was first able to realise these decades later in 1972.

The exhibition to mark the artist's 100th birthday shows works from Kranz's Bauhaus years and his later work as an advertising graphic designer, and focuses on a selection of his large picture cycles. Strikingly diverse leporellos dating from the 1960s onwards take centre stage, as do the so-called "Matrix- und Schiebebilder".

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