Cover of the Bauhaus Exhibition Catalogue

Herbert Bayer and László Moholy-Nagy, 1923

© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
[Translate to English:] Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar 1919-1923, Publikation zur Bauhaus-Ausstellung in Weimar, Einbandentwurf: Herbert Bayer / Typografie: László Moholy-Nagy, 1923.

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.


  1. Literature:
  2. Brüning, Ute (1995): Reklame für die erste Bauhausausstellung 1923, in: Brüning, Ute (1995): Das A und O des Bauhauses. Bauhauswerbung: Schriftbilder, Drucksachen, Ausstellungsdesign, Leipzig, S. 59-70.
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