Aspen’s new museum is dedicated to Bauhaus master and local icon Herbert Bayer

More than seven decades after Herbert Bayer first arrive in Aspen, there is a museum: the Resnick Center for Herbert Bayer Studies, which will enable the Aspen Institute to produce the quality of exhibition that matches its aesthetic history.

The Bayer Center, on the south edge of the Institute campus, will give Bayer’s work a permanent home here as it hosts exhibitions beginning with the life-spanning retrospective “Herbert Bayer: An Introduction.” The center’s executive director, James Merle Thomas, said he is aiming for it to be an active community hub and an engine for new ideas about art and design and the many interests of Herbert Bayer. Not, then, just another white cube museum honoring another dead white man.

The 8,000-square-foot museum, designed by Jeffrey Berkus Architects and Rowland + Broughton, was completed in late 2021. It had been slated to open in December, but has remained closed due to the pandemic and this winter’s surge of the omicron variant of the coronavirus.

The Center will finally open its doors to the public for the first time on Thursday, April 14, with an open house for locals and visitors to see the building, its opening exhibition and to toast Bayer and the Bayer Center with a reception.

The Institute is expected to open the museum permanently this summer before the Aspen Ideas Festival begins in June, with regular hours and programming. They are currently hiring to staff it.

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