The Bauhaus in all its facets
The Bauhaus was a lively school of ideas and a field for experimenting in the free and applied arts, design, architecture and educational methods. Here we present the phases the Bauhaus went through, the places where it based its activities, its teaching, the people behind it and their works.
The Bauhaus was only active for 14 years: as the “State Bauhaus” in Weimar, as a “school of design” in Dessau and as a private education institute in Berlin. It evolved out of the arts and crafts movement and art school reforms. Its ideas had an impact well beyond the school itself, its locations and its time.
The Bauhaus was the fruit of versatile input from both well-known avant-garde artists and aspiring junior masters, more than 1,250 students from 29 countries and their friends and families. In the “People” section we present the “Who’s Who” of the Bauhaus.
What does Bauhaus mean today? Here, we publish the latest news and introduce future themes, places, institutions and opinions related to the Bauhaus.
What Does the New Woman Need?
100 Years of Loheland colony. The Loheland colony in the foothills of the Rhön mountains was seen in the Weimar Republic as a provocation: here, women were empowered through gymnastics training to live self-determined lives. Like the Bauhaus, Loheland is also celebrating its hundredth anniversary this year. Elisabeth Mollenhauer-Klüber, together with Michael Siebenbrodt, has curated the anniversary exhibition in Vonderau Museum and explain what the emancipatory project was all about.
Modernistic Idyll in a Deteriorating City
The foundation stone for Lafayette Park was laid in Detroit on 22 November 1956. It was here that Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Ludwig Hilberseimer turned their ideas of flowing space and a New City into reality. Today the former industrial metropolis is the iconic image of a shrinking city – and Lafayette Park is an island in the middle of the eroding city.
"It’s striking! You have to hear us – you’ll be thinking of us.”
From the rhythmical noise of the Bauhaus band to the inspiring art of the fugue, to the performances of contemporary composers: Life at the Bauhaus was always accompanied by background music, though it was not even on the curriculum.
Bauhaus is a household name in the general public
An Interview with Jean Molitor
Since ten years the photographer Jean Molitor has travelled all over the world to capture modernism’s architectural testimonies for posterity. His archive against decay documents both Bauhaus icons and many unknown treasures. On the occasion of his exhibition in Chemnitz – which includes many regional buildings – we spoke to him about 100 years bauhaus and 10 years bauh1haus.
Searching for traces: the Bauhaus in Oldenburg?
In the research project “The Bauhaus in Oldenburg – avant-garde in the province, which was launched in 2016, we set out to find traces and to take a closer look at the regional Bauhaus history. The findings show: Oldenburg is a must on the Bauhaus map!
Crazy about Pictures
Hardly any discipline added to the regular teaching curriculum at a later stage, was as present at the Bauhaus as photography. John Grimes, professor emeritus of the Institute of Design, the New Bauhaus’ follow-on institution, and expert for the development of computer-supported digital imaging, gives an overview of 100 years of enthusiasm for imaging – from Dessau to Chicago, from the darkroom to the Cloud.
Bauhaus love stories
The Bauhaus did not only bring together art and craftsmanship, but also surprisingly many couples. On the occasion of Valentine’s Day we will have a closer look at some of the love stories at the Bauhaus.
The opening festival
The grand Bauhaus Year 2019 will be inaugurated with a large-scale opening festival in Berlin. For one week, international artists from the fields of dance, theater and music will be devoting their attention to contemporary topics within the context of the Bauhaus’s performative inquiries.
”Albers was a poet and a moralist“
In occasion of the exhibition “Josef Albers. Interaction” at the Villa Hügel in Essen, we met up with the Albers biographer Charles Darwent. Exclusively for 100 years of bauhaus, the author told us about Albers’ approach to the issue of color and material, his romantic side and why Albers never wanted to be “just” a Bauhausler.
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Rhythmic Gymnastics: Yin-Yang on the Gable
By Hella Kemper
In the garden town of Hellerau, near Dresden, music educator Émile Jaques-Dalcroze raised his ‘rhythmic gymnastics’ to an educative art.
Masters and weavers
In this Bauhaus centenary, one often gets the impression that this laboratory of modernism was a trailblazer for pretty much everything. Its combination of industry, art and craft, its teaching methods, publications, the notion of the Gesamtkunstwerk... And last but not least, a holistic understanding of aesthetics, which many architects still value today as their personal guiding principle.