Cellar finds and workers’ palaces
Programme News: February 2020
[Translate to English:] Programm 1
In 1930, when the Bauhaus artists Alfred Ehrhardt and Fritz Schleifer were appointed to teach at the State College of Art in Hamburg, they were required to share their experience with students in the newly established foundation classes. Three years later, the National Socialists came to power. Both Ehrhardt and Schleifer were sacked in April 1933. The pieces of work that had been produced in foundation courses until then were stored as “degenerate works” in the Berlin’s Chamber of the Visual Arts. However, Alfred Ehrhardt and Fritz Schleifer each saved one folder of students’ pieces from being destroyed. Schleifer stored them in his cellar, preventing the National Socialists from confiscating them. The folders were long considered lost, but in 2018, they were rediscovered during research for the Bauhaus anniversary. Until February 23, visitors can view them at the Jesteburger Kunststätte Bossard as part of the exhibition “Bauhauslehre in Hamburg” (“Bauhaus teaching in Hamburg”).
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Around 1900, the entrepreneurial innovative drive of Zeiss and Schott catapulted the city of Jena into the modern age. Above all Schott artistically combined the production of glass with contemporary design. The company introduced a new field of application for heat-resistant Jena glass with its luminaires and glass lampshades. Zeiss also produced lamps. Until March 29, the Stadtmuseum Jena is presenting the exhibition “Leuchten der Moderne” (“Modernist Lighting”), shedding light on products by the two companies.
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Until March 27, the Landesarchiv Thüringen – Hauptstaatsarchiv Weimar (State Archive of Thuringia – Main State Archive Weimar) is presenting “original contemporary documents of the Weimar Bauhaus from the perspective of archive stocks of government files”. The archive has kept the complete written sources for the entire history of the Weimar Bauhaus between 1919 and 1926. The valuable archive stock is a particular source of interest to art historians and historians.
[Translate to English:] Programm 4
"Today, it is hardly possible to imagine the bewilderment my glass façade for the main Fagus building caused and the negotiating skills required to convince the Building Police to allow the ‘audacious structure’ to be built." By the time Walter Gropius recalled his first commission from the perspective of a 78-year-old, his Fagus building in the town of of Alfeld, Lower Saxony, was already 50 years old. With it, he laid the foundations for architectural Modernism. By now, the building, which remains a production site today, is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage location. The exhibition “Der Arbeit Paläste bauen” (“Building Palaces For Work”) takes a look behind the scenes, connecting the industrial construction of Gropius to his last glass factory in Amberg. The double dose of architecture can be visited until April 26.
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