Exhibition, Geelong Gallery, 23 February – 26 May
Geelong Gallery will display a collection of Hirschfeld Mack artwork, largely drawn from a significant gift made by his widow Olive Hirschfeld to the gallery in 1976.
Exhibition, GGS Art School Flat, 29 April – 10 May
Open to the public Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May, 10am-4pm - The Art School will be open for viewing on Saturday 4 May and Sunday 5 May between 10.00am and 4.00pm. For the remainder of the time, the exhibition is available for viewing by appointment only. To arrange an appointment, please contact
An exhibition exploring the influence of the Bauhaus on GGS and the legacy of Hirschfeld Mack. A selection of his works as well as those of his pupils will be on display.

Lecture, Cook Theatre, GGS, Wednesday 8 May
The Richard and Janet Southby Visiting Fellow, Professor Andrew McNamara of the Queensland University of Technology, will present a lecture on ‘Hirschfeld Mack and the Bauhaus: transforming education in art, architecture and design in Australia’.
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This year, 2019, marks the centenary of the Bauhaus, the influential German school of design and the applied arts. Geelong Grammar is fortunate to have a direct connection to the Bauhaus movement through Ludwig Hirschfeld Mack (1893–1965), student of the Bauhaus from 1919 to 1925, a distinguished teacher, and Art Master at GGS from 1942 to 1957.

Ludwig Hirschfeld* was rescued from an internment camp in 1942 by headmaster Dr (later Sir) James Darling in the prescient belief that he would make a valuable contribution to Geelong Grammar. In 1936, with the rise of Nazism, Hirschfeld left Germany for England, only to be interned in 1940 following the outbreak of World War Two and subsequently deported to Australia. The teaching of art was important to Darling but, with the art master having enlisted in the armed forces and a general disregard of art by the students, it was an area of neglect. When news of Hirschfeld reached Geelong, Darling used his influence to secure his release. He later described him as ‘an almost perfect man … a beautiful character and an original teacher’.

At Geelong Grammar, Hirschfeld set about imparting to his pupils the Bauhaus principles of self-knowledge, economy of material and form, and reform of society through art. Through his influential leadership in many areas of the curriculum, especially art, music and drama, he extended the learning experience for countless boys. Beyond the classroom, Hirschfeld encouraged the beautification of the school grounds through collaborative creative endeavours. His own experiences of war underpinned his social conscience, and he aimed not only to develop his students’ creative abilities, but their capacity to contribute directly to the betterment of society. During the war years, for example, boys manufactured hundreds of sheepskin coats and boots to be sent to children in Europe. The fusion of curiosity, experimentation, manual work, crafting and working together towards a shared purpose flourished at Geelong Grammar, just as it had at the Bauhaus.

*Born Ludwig Hirschfeld, he later added his mother’s name of Mack. As an artist he is known as Hirschfeld Mack, but at Geelong Grammar was always referred to as Dr Hirschfeld or, mostly, ‘Hirsch’.