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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.
She was one of the most outspoken critics of the Bauhaus: Baroness Mathilde von Freytag-Loringhoven loved Post-Impressionism and despised Modernism. A current exhibition in Weimar is dedicated to the life and work of the animal psychologist, painter, actor and journalist.
Is there a piece of a future state in every sliding window?
Everything used to be better in the past, even the future. The much-quoted phrase attributed to Karl Valentin, a Bauhaus contemporary, but not a Bauhaus protagonist, could also apply to the legendary design school’s “horizons of expectation”. A conference in Weimar in late November 2019 investigated the visions of Modernity – and 100 Years of Bauhaus joined in.
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?
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.
"Queer people have to some extent been erased from Bauhaus history."
The art historian and author Elizabeth Otto adds an important chapter to the history of the Bauhaus: that of the queer creative. Her book "Haunted Bauhaus: Occult Spirituality, Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities, and Radical Politics" will be published on 17. September. We talked to her in advance about art in a queer context, gender at the Bauhaus, and the forgotten activist and designer Richard Grune.