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 in 360°
To mark the Bauhaus centenary, Interactive Media Foundation, a Berlin-based creative foundry, joined forces with Filmtank to develop the project BAUHAUS SPIRIT. Parts of the cross-media project will be on view at the 100 Years of Bauhaus opening festival in January 2019. We talked with Diana Schniedermeier, Director of the Interactive Media Foundation, about the spirit of the Bauhaus in our era of virtual realities.
“Bauhaus Is Still Putting Us on the Right Track”
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. Bettina Wagner-Bergelt, the festival’s curator, discusses this multifaceted celebration of a bauhaus now.
Stereograms of the future
The Bauhaus agents at the opening festival
When the doors of the opening festival open on 16th January 2019, the Bauhaus agent programme will also be present. During the entire festival there will be cinematic project documentations, audio plays and an artistic work on the topic space – stage – movement – light.
International Modernism: USA
How the Bauhaus became canonical in America as a style – and found its way back to Europe as performance art
We tend to see the influence of the Bauhaus on the USA as a one-way street. In fact, the fertilisation was reciprocal and continues to this day.
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.
Interview with Richard Siegal
The 100 Years Bauhaus opening festival kicks off the nationwide celebrations for the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Bauhaus. Richard Siegal's work TXTORRENT is part of the programme at the Akademie der Künste.
A conversation with Michael Wollny
A conversation with Michael Wollny on the creation process for the music for Bauhaus 100 – and the essence of truly soulful art.
”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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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!
BAU [SPIEL] HAUS
Nuremberg, Neues Museum | Exhibition | 22.3. – 16.6.2019
In 2019, together with the whole of Germany and many international partners, Neues Museum Nuremberg will be celebrating the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus in Weimar. For a hundred years, the legendary school of design has
been changing the face of our world. Its concepts for education and production, and thus ultimately for remaking the way we live together, remain unsurpassed. A playful approach to teaching was a productive and innovative element of the artistic process at the Bauhaus, and play still leads the way as a strategy in the deep-seated pursuit of artistic expression.
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.