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.

Phases

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.


People

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.


Magazine

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-Archiv Berlin / © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
People

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.

Photo: unknown, 1928/29.

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.

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Interviews

”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.

Estate of Rudy Burckhardt / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

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.

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Construction culture

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.

Photo: unknown 1926, reproduction 1998. Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, with the courtesy of Société Kandinsky, Paris.

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?

Photo: Thomas Fuesser, Xu Zhen, 2015

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.

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“The name of Bauhaus has transformed into a brand”

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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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