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.
"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.
Design, Politics and Bodies
In August all signs point toward relaxation. Perhaps you’re still in holiday mood. Nonetheless, 100 years of Bauhaus offers you experiences that are not only pleasing to the eye, but also offer food for thought: the interplay between design and politics, the psychological effect of cold, the interconnectedness of art and information and the value of interdisciplinary work. Come and see for yourself: exhibitions, installations, discourses and lectures on all these topics. Enjoy!