Avant-garde at the Waterkant
In the Spotlight: Hamburg
FOLLOWER – female follows form
Anything is possible: huddle together in house corners, hang from banisters, or do a handstand in a stairwell: until July 21, 2019, you can develop an unusually physical relationship to architecture at selected locations and capture the moment on camera. 100 years after the famous Bauhaus motto “form follows function”, Simone Kessler and Edward Beierle present their interactive art project “FOLLOWER – female follows form”, bridging the gap between the Bauhaus and the present day.
Bauhaus in Hamburg
In the 1920s and early 1930s, a small, but select group of Bauhaus protagonists gathered in Hamburg: Hedwig Arnheim-Dülberg-Slutzky, Naum Slutzky, Alfred Ehrhardt and Fritz Schleifer established themselves as creative freelancers and teachers, pursuing their Bauhaus principles in the city by the Elbe River. Their work was pioneering, inspiring many others to follow them in subsequent decades, including the textile artist Else Mögelin, the ceramic artist Otto Lindig, the spatial designer Edgar Horstmann and the architect Max Bill. The legendary “Li-la-le” artist festival was just one of their many achievements. Hamburg’s Freie Akademie der Künste is presenting its exhibition “Bauhaus in Hamburg” until December 31, 2019.
Between June 14, 2019 and December 31, 2019, you can experience history and the present day at a single glance at Dar-Es-Salaam Platz: the photo and light-art project “memory effect” recalls the square’s former appearance. It is regarded as one of the best examples of the Hamburg variety of Neues Bauen. Its “Hamburg way” was developed by Fritz Schumacher, the city’s Directory of Building. The concept was developed further by the architect and building administrator Gustav Oelsner, before the architect and university profressor Karl Schneider used his construction projects to bring Hamburg in line with international Modernism. “memory effect” allows you to compare the past with the present.
Andreas Feininger: The Slums of Hamburg 1930
Towards the end of World War II, Andreas Feininger wandered through the urban canyons of New York, taking photos that would make him a superstar of the art scene. But before then, he captured a completely different atmosphere in Hamburg. In the quarter known as the Gängeviertel, along Valentinskamp, his camera focused on people on the fringes of society. In the run-down district’s narrow alleyways, between cobblestones and half-timber houses, he documented a world that was very different from the elegant Harvestehuder Weg and Rothenbaumchaussee. Between 1929 and 1931, Feininger strolled through the Gängeviertel, taking photos with his Leica camera. He regarded Hamburg as, “a global harbour, a gateway to the world, the lure of the unknown, emigration, adventure, hope for a great future.” His photos are evidence of a past age. Die VisuleX Gallery for Photography is presenting them until June 27, 2019.
Hamburger Architektur Sommer 2019
This year, around 60 events during the Hamburger Architektur Sommer focus on the Bauhaus – a few of them are part of this newsletter. But there are many more events, exhibitions, films, interventions and activities presenting Hamburg’s Bauhaus influence: as a driving force, as inspiration or as a counter-concept.
A series of lectures and an exhibition will focus on the work of the landscape architect Leberecht Migge, who is regarded as one of the forefathers of urban gardening.
[TF 2019, Translation RHN]
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The bauhaus100 newsletter will be circulated from time to time with news about the Bauhaus Centenary 2019.
December is providing all the Bauhaus one could hope for. You can dance at a ball, feel like a student in Weimar, immerse yourself in history with virtual reality, become creative and shine a great deal of light in the darkness. In any case, it will certainly be an enchantingly beautiful 12th month of the centenary.
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!