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.
The Bauhaus existed for only 14 years in Germany, but for 100 years its ideas have now been passed on and its products relaunched, imitated and further developed. Marking the centenary of the Bauhaus’s founding, the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung’s exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie is presenting famous, familiar and forgotten Bauhaus originals and recounting the history behind the objects. Around 1,000 exhibits will be on display: art and design from the Bauhaus-Archiv’s collection, exceptional loans from international collections and artistic positions which take a new look at the Bauhaus legacy.
Plastics in the Bauhaus: the earthiness of early polymer composites
Conservators at the Bauhaus Dessau do not only handle steel, glass, or concrete, but also plastics such as Triolin. How far are they willing to let plastics show their age? And what does the centenary imply for future conservation work?