From Bauhaus to Buenos Aires


Dreams No. 1, by Grete Stern, 1949; gelatin silver print, 26.6 x 22.9 cm; Latin American and Caribbean Fund / gift of Marie-Josée and Henry R. Kravis in honour of Adriana Cisneros de Griffin; © Galería Jorge Mara-La Ruche, 2014

Exhibition, MoMA, The Edward Steichen Photography Galleries, New York, USA, until 4 October
This major exhibition focuses on German-born Grete Stern and Argentinean Horacio Coppola, two leading figures of avant garde photography who established themselves on both sides of the Atlantic. It begins with each artist’s initial forays into photography and typographic design. In Berlin in 1927, Stern began taking private classes with the head of photography at the Bauhaus. A year later she opened a pioneering studio specialising in portraiture and advertising, embracing both commercial and avant-garde loyalties, creating proto-feminist works. In Buenos Aires during the same period, Coppola initiated his photographic experimentations, exploring his surroundings and contributing to the discourse on modernist practices across media. In 1929 he founded the Buenos Aires Film Club to introduce the most innovative foreign films to Argentine audiences. His early works show a burgeoning interest in new modes of photographic expression, leading him to the Bauhaus in 1932, where he met Stern and they began their joint history.