From shoe last to Gropius’ Adler

In the Spotlight | Lower Saxony

[Translate to English:] Mut – Die Provinz und das Bauhaus

Walter Gropius is credited with having been an exceptionally farsighted architect; particular proof of this is – apart from the Bauhaus in Dessau – his blueprint of the Fagus factory in Alfelde that even 108 years after having been built, has lost none of its fascination. In the exhibition “Mut – Die Provinz und das Bauhaus” (“Courage – the province and the Bauhaus”) one learns that Gropius not only designed prototypes of modern industrial construction, but also industrial products such as the “Gropius Adler”. The exhibition can be seen as of 16th February in Gropius’ early work. Further protagonists of this enlightening show are Wilhelm Wagenfeld and Marcel Breuer, whose Bauhaus designs are still serially produced in Lower Saxony.

 

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[Translate to English:] Auf dem Weg zum Bauhaus

In the state capital Hannover the exhibition “Auf dem Weg zum Bauhaus” (“On the way to the Bauhaus”), from 8th February, is dedicated to the architectural environment from which Gropius was able to develop his creative ideas for the architecture of modernism. Part of the show contrasts the Fagus factory with contemporary buildings of the late empire, presenting the autonomy of the later Bauhaus founder in a particularly impressive way. In fact, this contrast even becomes apparent when looking at the designs of modern architects ranging from Peter Behrens, Paul Schultze-Naumburg and Bruno Taut, who were all working between the North Sea and the Harz and yet still made a very specific contribution to the architectural revolution of modernism.

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He almost became the third director of the Bauhaus: Otto Haesler who was born in Munich and had been working successfully as an architect since 1906. Contrary to Gropius, Meyer and Mies, the star of Weimar modernism later also went on to build for the Wehrmacht, prior to dedicating himself to socialist housing. How important the father of numerous estates in places such as Celle, Karlsruhe and Kassel was not only for the concurrently operating School of design, is the theme of a lecture of the otto haesler initiative e.V., with the title “Der Name Haesler hat die Bauhäusler angerührt”(“ Haesler’s influence on the Bauhauslers”) on 15 February at the director’s villa in Celle.

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[Translate to English:] BAUHAUS / BOLERO

But not only the architecture, also the Bauhaus stage is extensively paid tribute to in the context of the Bauhaus year in Lower Saxony. With their dance night BAUHAUS / BOLERO, Edward Clug and Mauro de Candia make sure that the inspiration of Wassily Kandinsky’s oeuvre on dance of the 1920s becomes palpable. That the impulses of the Bauhaus stage as well as the prominent Bauhaus master are still prolific today is shown in a choreographic examination of Kandinsky’s legendary contemplation on the dissolving of words into sound if repeated often enough.

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