Eye-catching burgundy and ivory garments drape and glisten in soft light as “The Marriage of Figaro,” performed by the London Philharmonic illuminates the ambiance of the “Baroque to Bauhaus” exhibit at the McNay Art Museum.
The “Baroque to Bauhaus” exhibit is comprised of several displays which include titles such as “Baroque: Mozart’s School for Lovers” and “Bauhaus: The Mechanized Stage.” The term “Bauhaus” is used to describe the clean lines and geometric forms of the post World War I art movement. Between 1919-1938, students of this style included Laszlo Moholy-Nagy with his 1923 print, Theatre” (1930).
Oskar Schlemmer was a major figure associated with the Bauhaus school. He believed that theatre was significant for the Bauhaus style. Schlemmer once stated that the “human body is a physical structure—not an emotional being” and that Figaro” are transformed from the extravagant and ornate Baroque fashion to the slick style that is Bauhaus.
Baroque art was the new art movement of the 17th century and was made popular for its dramatic and emotional appeal. Mozart’s opera scenes are redesigned to take place in modern settings such as in lofts overlooking a city skyline.
One of the artists who made this transformation possible was Adrianne Lobel with her graphite drawings. At this display, a video is available for viewing with modern reenactments of “Snegourotchka (The Snow Maiden).” Among these oil on canvas paintings are depictions of “The Queen of