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A plan for a cinema rendered in spare black lines and bold colorful geometric shapes

An architectural plan for a cinema as seen in a cross section. Seen diagonally from above, the front facade of the building is perfectly square. A revolving door is at center and above it the word “KINO” appears across the top. Two photographs of faces appear to the left of the door. Beyond the facade, the long rectangular room extends diagonally upward to the right showing a center aisle dividing two sections and leading toward a white screen. Above and to the left of this rendering is another view of the room as seen from the back, looking toward the screen. Below and right are schematic drawings of the floor plan.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Herbert Bayer, American (Haag, Austria 1900 - 1985 Santa Barbara, CA)
Design for a Cinema
Work Type
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Opaque watercolor, black ink and graphite with collage of cut and printed papers on off white wove paper
45.7 x 61 cm (18 x 24 in.)
frame: 58.7 x 74 x 2.5 cm (23 1/8 x 29 1/8 x 1 in.)


Recorded Ownership History
Collection of the artist (c.1924 - 1948) gift; to the Busch-Reisinger Museum

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of the artist
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Publication History

  • Peter Nisbet and Emilie Norris, Busch-Reisinger Museum: History and Holdings, Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 1991), p. 80, ill.
  • Das A und O des Bauhauses : Bauhauswerbung: Schriftbilder, Drucksachen, Ausstellungsdesign, exh. cat., Bauhaus-Archiv (Berlin, Germany, 1995), p. 239, fig. no. 318
  • Jeannine Fiedler, ed., Bauhaus, Könemann Verlagsgesellschaft (Cologne, Germany, 2000), p. 307
  • Peter Nisbet and Joseph Koerner, The Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, ed. Peter Nisbet, Harvard University Art Museums and Scala Publishers Ltd. (Cambridge, MA and London, England, 2007), p. 130
  • Leah Dickerman and Barry Bergdoll, Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity, exh. cat., ed. David Frankel, Museum of Modern Art, New York (New York, 2009), cat. no. 224, p. 175, color repr.
  • Elisabeth Kremer, Bauhaus Taschenbuch 19: Mobilitätsdesign für die Bauhaus Fahrradstadt, Spector Books (Leipzig, 2016), pp. 104-105, 154, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

  • From Werkbund to Bauhaus: Art and Design in Germany 1900-1934, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 05/12/1980 - 04/26/1980
  • Art of the Weimar Era, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 04/05/1982 - 05/22/1982
  • Bauhaus Art and Design, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 06/07/1982 - 10/30/1982
  • A Tribute to Walter Gropius, Busch-Reisinger Museum, Cambridge, 05/16/1983 - 07/01/1983
  • Bauhaus Utopien, Magyar Nemzeti Galeria, 03/09/1988 - 04/20/1988; Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, 05/07/1988 - 06/26/1988; Kunstverein Köln, Cologne, 07/15/1988 - 09/04/1988
  • Modell Bauhaus, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin-Kreuzberg, 07/22/2009 - 10/04/2009
  • Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York, 11/08/2009 - 01/25/2010
  • 32Q: 1520 Art in Germany Between the Wars (Interwar and Bauhaus), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 03/06/2015
  • The Bauhaus and Harvard, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/08/2019 - 07/28/2019

Subjects and Contexts

  • The Bauhaus

Verification Level

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