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.
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.
Critical distance from multiple voices
In 1968, the year of student uprisings and critical appraisal of National Socialism, the retrospective “50 Years of the Bauhaus” was held in Stuttgart. Consequently, the exhibition “50 Years after ‘50 Years of the Bauhaus’ 1968” at the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart dealt with a very special Bauhaus.
What exactly was the Bauhaus?
During its almost fourteen years of existence, the Bauhaus revolutionised creative and artistic thinking and work worldwide. The distinguished teachers who worked here included Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky and Oskar Schlemmer, to name but a few.
The Art of Revolution
China and the Bauhaus
The closure of the Bauhaus in Germany in the 1930s is closely linked to the perception of its orientation and teaching as politically leftist and internationalist. What influence did Meyer’s credo of “popular demand instead of luxury demand” have on the art and architecture of Communist China?
Design as an active mode
What it would be like if there were a Bauhaus Biennial? That’s the question examined by author Özlem Özdemir. For her article about the 4th Design Biennial in Istanbul, “A School of Schools”, she examines the ideas of curator Jan Boelen and introduces some of the exhibiting artists.
“The name of Bauhaus has transformed into a brand”
As a curator of China Design Museum Zoe Zhang is responsible for coordinating exhibitions, research projects and collections with different departments of CDM. She also curated the permanent exhibition of China Academy of Art.
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He was the originator, organiser and creative head of Bauhaus – Walter Gropius and the story of that famous school of art are inextricably connected. By founding Bauhaus, he laid the foundation for a new, integral understanding of design. We are commemorating him today on the 50th anniversary of his death.
Bauhaus Buildings Dessau: Originals retold
The Bauhaus intended to develop new forms of housing and living. This was represented by the Studio Building, designed as a collective dwelling house: 28 studio apartments for students and junior masters, equipped with built-in cupboards and tubular steel furniture, tea kitchens on every floor, a roof terrace, a canteen in the ground floor, bathrooms in the basement, and balconies. The balconies were particularly popular: they were an excellent motif for photographies of the house and its residents. Once 14 people fitted on one of the small balconies!
Alternatives for Living
Blueprints for Lange House and Esters House
Krefeld | exhibition | 17.3.2019-26.1.2020
How do we want to live, how can we and must we live , today and in the future? What forms of cohabitation are conceivable? What potentials, hopes and fears are connected to the globalised, mobile, digital society? In conjunction with the yearlong Alternatives for Living project, the Kunstmuseen Krefeld invited 16 international artists, designers and architects to develop alternative forms of domestic living for Haus Lange and Haus Esters.