Between Now and the Remembered
News from the Programme: May 2019
[Translate to English:] Pausa
The Bauhaus also left its mark behind in the Swabian countryside. In 1919, the Löwenstein brothers took over the weaving mill in Mössingen. Inspired by the Bauhaus idea, the Löwensteins brought graduates of the school to the Swabian Jura, combining art with handcraft at the Pausa textile printing factory they owned – until the company was expropriated by the Nazis and the brothers were forced into exile. Not until after the war could outstanding designers continue to evolve the Pausa style. From 3 May, the Mössingen Museum presents the unique vaulted architecture of the Pausa Tonnenhalle in a colourful and diverse exhibition that shows the eventful history of the company.
[Translate to English:] Gegen die Unsichbarkeit
Textiles will also be taking centre stage from 16 May to 18 August at Hamburg’s arts and crafts museum, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (MKG), which is presenting the works of 19 women designers from the Deutsche Werkstätten in Hellerau who lived and worked there between 1898 and 1938. The show, “Against Invisibility”, remembers Elisabeth Bertsch-Kampferseck, Margarete von Brauchitsch, Elisabeth Eimer-Raab, Margarete Junge, Gertrud Kleinhempel, Charlotte Krause, Margaret Leischner, Dora Lennartz and other female artists who have unjustifiably been forgotten. More than 270 pieces of furniture, textiles, carpets, toys and vessels illustrate their creativity. Design sketches, letters, photographs and other historical artefacts round off the exhibition and add another key chapter to the design history of modernism.
[Translate to English:] 72 Stunden Urban Action in Lobeda
Likewise, the participants in the world’s first real-time architectural competition do not want to be forgotten and seek to make their mark. The “72 Hour Urban Action” in Lobeda takes place from 2 to 5 May. Over three days and three nights, ten international teams join forces with local residents to implement projects in the public realm. They are designing, building, sleeping and celebrating on site, working together on a “transformation from below” to help shape the urban landscape of the city of Jena.
[Translate to English:] Passagen Bauhaus – Stadt
The urban realm is also being used as a performative arena by the students of Düsseldorf’s Peter Behrens School of Arts. They have taken a movement study by Wassily Kandinsky, combined it with choreographies by William Forsythe and are implementing their ideas three-dimensionally in Dessau’s public space. They have positioned their artistic interventions along a route that stretches from the Bauhaus building in Dessau-Roßlau to the main railway station and the Anhaltisches Theater, and from there to the Bauhaus Museum Dessau. With lines, ribbons, sliding doors, trampolines and other objects and forms, walking the route turns into an interactive experience that addresses all the senses. You can enjoy the stroll from 4 May to 3 November.
[Translate to English:] Fotoausstellung zu Bauten von Otto Haesler
Less transient is the lasting work of Otto Haesler. The architect made sure his modernist buildings were documented extensively in photographs. The person behind the camera was mainly Arthur Köster. He was a specialist in photographing the “New Architecture”. Celle’s galerie dr. jochim allows you to immerse yourself in his formal language from 5 May to 31 August.
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