Cover of the Bauhaus Exhibition Catalogue, 1923

Herbert Bayer (cover design) / László Moholy-Nagy (typography), "Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar 1919-1923", Cover of the Bauhaus Exhibition Catalogue, 1923
Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design, Berlin (4510)

Herbert Bayer (cover design) / László Moholy-Nagy (typography), "Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar 1919-1923", Cover of the Bauhaus Exhibition Catalogue, 1923
Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design, Berlin (4510)

The catalogue for the 1923 exhibition was more than just the first large publication to present the Bauhaus’s output and endeavours. Its square format, unusual text-image relationship and innovative layout – for which László Moholy-Nagy was responsible – still single it out from the mass of books today. The binding designed by Herbert Bayer also underpins the impression of something special in that the later advocate of lower case lettering used only capital letters for the cover, filling the surface area with an attractive alternation of red and blue blocks of letters.

Literature:
Brüning, Ute: “Advertising for the First Bauhaus Exhibition of 1923” in: Brüning, Ute (Ed.): The A and O of the Bauhaus. Bauhaus Advertising: Typefaces, Printed Matter, Exhibition Design, Leipzig 1995, pg. 59 – 70.