Painter, sculptor, choreographer: The legacy of Oskar Schlemmer

As a new exhibition celebrates German artist and choreographer Oskar Schlemmer, we explore his impact on contemporary culture.

"The Triadic Ballet was regarded as Schlemmer’s most important project, but it was just the beginning."

When thinking of a ballet dancer, it’s rare that one pictures a bulbous mechanical creature wearing a metallic mask. And yet, that’s precisely the kind of performing figure that German artist and choreographer Oskar Schlemmer (1888-1943) used in his renowned avant-garde work The Triadic Ballet, a dance experiment that redefined performance art and has left a palpable impact on contemporary culture since its debut in 1922.

To pay homage to this legacy, the Centre Pompidou-Metz in Paris has dedicated an exhibition, entitled Oskar Schlemmer: The Dancing Artist, to the painter, sculptor, designer, choreographer and Bauhaus teacher. The show highlights his forward-thinking concepts and humanist ideas through the display of the extraordinary sculpture-costumes he created, a selection of ...


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