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Utopia and disappointment
The keynote lecture by Prof. em. Dr. Lucian Hölscher was a highlight of this year’s “Weimar Controversies”. The former teacher at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum impressed with his profound and entertaining thoughts on “Utopia and disappointment. 100 years of the Bauhaus”. Reason enough for us to publish his lecture.
The show goes on
We are of course life-long Bauhaus fans. How about you? Just in case, we present a healthy dose of Bauhaus events to get you through January 2020. Photography, feminism, ballet in the cinema, breathing exercises, utopia, mobility and dystopia – it’s all there for you to enjoy!
Masters and weavers
In this Bauhaus centenary, one often gets the impression that this laboratory of modernism was a trailblazer for pretty much everything. Yet despite all the praise, a counter-question might be justified: What is not Bauhaus these days? In other words: What should we do better than the Bauhaus? Where should we take distance from it?
The Bauhaus Perspective on Green Spaces
The Bauhaus shifted perspectives further afield. Modernism turned familiar perforated façades into glass envelopes – thereby providing an unobstructed view of the outside world. What role does the outdoors play in the Bauhaus? What is its understanding of the countryside and green areas we live in? And how does the Bauhaus period inspire the design of open spaces today?
Has the Bauhaus ruined our cities?
When the association “Historischer Neumarkt Dresden e. V.” invited to the 3rd Dresden City Building Symposium in the Bauhaus year 2019, their representatives stated in the invitation: “Today, uniformity characterizes our newly built neighborhoods and squares. They are not urban, they do not even claim to be urban. Whether they are created in China, Europe or America hardly matters anymore. Is that the fulfillment of a promise made by the Bauhaus?” Even 100 years after the founding of the Bauhaus, the battle for the city of modernity has barely lost any of its sharpness.
Plastics in the Bauhaus: the earthiness of early polymer composites
Conservators at the Bauhaus Dessau do not only handle steel, glass, or concrete, but also plastics such as Triolin. How far are they willing to let plastics show their age? And what does the centenary imply for future conservation work?