Espoo Museum of Modern Art Finland, February 26, 2014 to June 11, 2014
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Trento and Rovereto (MART), Rovereto, Italy. February 9 - June 2, 2013
Vitra Design Museum. Weil am Rhein, Germany. October 15 2011 – May 1 2012
MAK Vienna, Vienna, Austria. June 22, 2011 - September 25, 2011
Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany. February 4, 2011 – May 22, 2011
Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg, Germany. May 13, 2010 – November 21, 2010
Rudolf Steiner (1861 – 1925) was one of the most influential – and also one of the most controversial – reformers of the twentieth century. He founded the Waldorf schools, inspired artists such as Piet Mondrian, Wassily Kandinsky and Joseph Beuys and is regarded as one of the key initiators of organic architecture. In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Steiner’s birth, the Vitra Design Museum is now presenting the first major retrospective on his oeuvre. The exhibition is accompanied by a supporting program of activities and events unparalleled in the history of the museum. It explores Steiner’s influence in design, art and society, but also traces the impact of Steiner’s work in the Basel region, which remains home to the leading international centre of the anthroposophical movement founded by Steiner.
Steiner created his most important work of architecture just 15 kilometres from the Vitra Design Museum in Dornach, Switzerland: the Goetheanum built from 1924 to 1928. It still ranks as an architectural milestone, marking the first use of concrete to construct a sculpturally formed edifice of such imposing size. Yet Steiner’s horizons went far beyond architecture and design. Trained as a scientist and philosopher, Steiner advocated a holistic view of humanity and gave over 5,000 lectures espousing the worldview of anthroposophy in which art, science and spirituality are united. Hundreds of clinics, bank institutes, farms and Waldorf schools bear witness to the wide dissemination of Steiner’s ideas. Many aspects have long established themselves in the social mainstream – including biocosmetics, a heightened environmental consciousness and biodynamic agricultural products, to name a few examples.