Back to the Future
[Translate to English:] Intro-Text
On 1 April 1919, Walter Gropius officially began work in Weimar. On 12 April 1919, his proposal to create the “State Bauhaus in Weimar” [Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar] was approved. So we are taking a look back at the beginnings in Weimar and the now, the new Bauhaus Museum. We are collecting and publishing quotes and statements by renowned creatives and young artists: personal perspectives, critical observations and reflections on the relevance of Bauhaus. As Gropius would have wanted it: "the goal of the Bauhaus is not a ›style‹, system, dogma or canon, a prescription or fashion! It will live as long as it does not cling to form, rather seeks the changing aura of life itself!”
The Beginnings in Weimar
“My Weimar plan is ready. I am in charge of the College of Applied Art and the College of Fine Arts and intend to turn them into a single institute entitled ‘State Bauhaus in Weimar’. Work begins 1 April”, reported Walter Gropius in early 1919.
In his founding manifesto, he demanded not a new style or a new form of art – rather much more a fundamental reform of artistic work and society. Art should once again serve society, and there should no longer be a division between the crafts-based disciplines. Every young person should be allowed to unfold their artistic creativity through learning and material in order to shape Modernism for all the demands on it.
A new Bauhaus Museum for Weimar
In 2019 when the whole world is celebrating the founding of the Weimar State Bauhaus 100 years ago the most important date for Weimar and the city’s visitors will be 6 April. On this day the Bauhaus Museum Weimar will open after a three-year construction period. The Bauhaus Museum Weimar is creating a modern meeting-space in an open environment conducive to discussions. Located at the founding place of the Weimar State Bauhaus, it will evoke the early Weimar phase of the most important school of art and design of the 20th century. The exhibition is centered around the oldest collection of Bauhaus objects worldwide and combines the history of the Bauhaus with questions of current and future ways of living together.
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The bauhaus100 newsletter will be circulated from time to time with news about the Bauhaus Centenary 2019.
Global Resonance Spaces
How, one hundred years after the founding of the Bauhaus, can culture be rethought as a social project? And how does the design school continue to inspire visionary practices and discourses today? The curators of bauhaus imaginista Marion von Osten and Grant Watson discuss with art historian Mona Schieren the Bauhaus’s transnational relationships, correspondences, and migration stories, and its relevance for an art, design, and education of the future.
What's new in the West?
Artists where attracted to the Bauhaus due to the diversity of forms, formats and means of expression – not only in the initial years. Until today the invitation to experiment, to think freely and creatively is a strong source of inspiration for young creative people. Their creativity is based on multimedia, networking, working as a collective or in pairs. And thus they transport the Bauhaus from the present to the future.