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"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.
Lászlo or Lucia?
The film-maker Susanne Radelhof’s documentary “Die Bauhausfrauen” presents a far-reaching contribution to the theme of gender and the Bauhaus. We spoke to her.
From Workshops to Hackerspaces
Replacing classrooms with workshops is one of the Bauhaus’s best-known innovations. A hundred years later, the “workshop” is an indispensable component of all design education. But where are the limits and opportunities of this format, and what role does the realization of collective structures play in the further development of new technologies?
„We must reduce our Expectations of Art“
The exhibition “bauhaus I documenta. Vision and Brand” in the Neue Galerie in Kassel, the documenta archive and the University of Kassel explore the elective affinity of both these cultural brands. We talked to exhibition director Philipp Oswalt, a publicist, architect, critic and, from 2009 until 2014, director of the Foundation Bauhaus Dessau, about the common ground and the differences, the failure and the success and about the instrumentalisation of designers and artists by politics.
What Does the New Woman Need?
The Loheland colony in the foothills of the Rhön mountains was seen in the Weimar Republic as a provocation: here, women were empowered through gymnastics training to live self-determined lives. Like the Bauhaus, Loheland is also celebrating its hundredth anniversary this year. Elisabeth Mollenhauer-Klüber, together with Michael Siebenbrodt, has curated the anniversary exhibition in Vonderau Museum and explain what the emancipatory project was all about.
And Then There was Light
For the Bauhaus, light is much more than just lighting. Beginning in the 1920s, a wide-ranging exploration of light leads not only to the design classics of today, but also to entirely new forms of interior design and spatial understanding. Light becomes a design element. The Bauhaus becomes the light.