Bauhaus MoMa Exhibit

It’s a Haushold word, the Bauhaus, but a misunderstood one. Its influence is all around us, from Ikea furniture to glass skyscrapers, but it is credited—and blamed—for much more than it should be.

A big upcoming show at the Museum of Modern Art aims to correct this catch-all legacy, but it also winds up proving that Bauhaus was even more broad-reaching—and stylistically diverse—than many people think. “Workshops for Modernity: Bauhaus 1919-1933,” opens Sunday. The museum hopes it will be one of its biggest shows of the year, drawing both art connoisseurs and hordes of casual tourists who may or may not snap up a Josef Albers stacking table set for $2,100 at the gift shop.