In the Laboratory of Opportunities

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“It’s easy to know what my favourite events will be: all of them!” I look forward to the “Radio Lounges” at the festival centre. I’m also pleased with the “Studio Visits” to two architects, an exhibition designer and a fashion designer, who will all shed light on their work with and on the Bauhaus. I want to see every film in the series “Bauhaus and Film”, especially the documentaries. The two concerts at the Musikinstrumenten-Museum have been noted in my diary, above all the lecture concert dedicated to “Music at the Bauhaus”, together with the musicologist Michael Henke. I’m also very excited about the author Bernd Polster, who will be reading from his new Gropius biography at the Bröhan Museum. But I’m especially looking forward to the many workshops: the printing workshops at the historical printworks of the FHXB Museum, the ceramics workshops at the KPM and the workshops on “future sounds” at the Festival Centre, the “bauhaus reuse”, where themes of sustainability and transdisciplinarity will be discussed. How many of those events will I manage? Not enough!“

Christoph Tempel, Project Manager, bauhaus week berlin 2019

Workshop "Build yourself a Bauhaus Bestiary"

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“When I think of the Bauhaus and the 1920s, I think of Swing music, exuberant parties and great dance outfits. I have no idea whether Gropius and the like were smart movers on the dance floor. But we certainly know that the Charleston and Swing were played at Bauhaus parties. Anyone wishing to get a flavour of the music and learn the original dance steps should join the dance course with ‘Lotta’s Jitterbugs’ on Saturday, September 7. Lotta will be dancing on a wooden dance floor in the open-air, accompanied by the shellac records of DJ Wuthe and Swingin’ Swanee, presenting an introduction to the basic moves of the Charleston. After that, the dance floor will be open to everyone with live music by the big band ‘Kind of Dukish’. It’s a unique opportunity at a superb venue!”

Hanna Belz, Project Manager until July 2019

Unknown photographer, National Photo Company
Frank Farnum und Pauline Starke, Filmstill aus „Bright Light“ (1925)

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“I look forward to moving around on rooftop terraces and enjoying the city panorama. I will take my family to see the shop window exhibition around Savignyplatz and in Potsdamer Strasse, presenting the most important Bauhaus protagonists and designers. And the ceramics workshop at the KPM is of course great for children. I’m definitely also going to the Festival Centre at Ernst-Reuter-Platz. I’m curious about the location, which I have travelled around so often, but hardly ever entered. The Radio Lounge in the evening in the glass Festival Centre and the light installation ‘your point of view’ on the square, surrounded by the buzz of the city, sound very attractive. It is also the venue for the lecture series ‘bauhaus – practise – the present’, which I certainly won’t miss.’

Julia Wachs, 100 years of bauhaus in berlin

Ricarda Schüller
Yoga on roof terraces: Yoga teacher and cultural journalist Sarah Elsing in front of a modern backdrop.

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“A special highlight for me is the presentation of the joint project ‘Gesehen von/Seen by Stefan Berg’ by the photographer Stefan Berg and Harald Theiss, curator and editor of the book. I also absolutely have to see the discussion in the Kunstbibliothek entitled ‘typography today. from the bauhaus to the present day’ (in German), where four renowned designers will address the same question: in which direction is typography heading? Some timeless themes will be presented, questioned and highlighted by the exhibitions. It’s difficult to know where to begin.

Cornelia Eisendle, Intern, bauhaus week berlin

Kunstbibliothek, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
László Moholy-Nagy, Where typographic development is heading, Plate 1, Photography, 1929

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“My highlight will be the open-air cinema programme ‘bauhaus and film’: for a whole week out in the leafy garden at the Podewil. Joachim von Vietinghoff and Christina M. Schachtschabel present almost forgotten, recently digitised, rarely screened and only just produced works from almost 100 years of film history, combined with outstanding guests for podium discussions. I’m especially looking forward to Erik Spiekermann and Martin Koerber, who will talk about how film managed to emancipate itself from photography, as well as Dominik Graf and Martin Gressmann, who present their documentary on Philip Rosenthal. Another highlight is the film team of the ZDF series ‘Die Neue Zeit’, which will celebrate its Berlin premiere in full length over two evenings at the Podewil. The opening party at the Festival Centre is also not to be missed. And after six days of cinema, I look forward to the yoga session on Sunday morning at Ernst-Reuter-Platz, before checking in on C. Adolph and the ‘Bücherbogen’, as well as looking at the Bauhaus shop windows on my way home. We certainly won’t see all that again anytime soon!”

Corinna Scheller, Head of Cultural Promotion, Museum Services and Film Series Organisation

Hans Richter
Rhythm 21, film still

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“How can I choose a favourite when there are so many outstanding events on offer? I guess I’m most looking forward to the ‘yoga on the roof’. I love waking up with some physical exercise… what a wonderful idea of doing so overlooking the Berlin cityscape. I wonder what the view would have been like for the original Bauhaus students.”

Helene Altenstein, Project Management

Hanna Belz
Yoga in front of Bauhaus: Mies van der Rohe Haus.

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“Anyone interested in a different kind of engagement with the Bauhaus can do some window shopping in Kantstrasse, around Savignyplatz and in Potsdamer Strasse. The shop windows present the history of the avant-garde school and its workshops, in 15 showcases by retailers and one window in the Staatsbibliothek. Large painted collages by the theatre artists Jacque Teschner provide a backdrop to each chapter. Anyone like me, who prefers to be guided through the history of the Bauhaus rather than stroll around themselves, has two opportunities a day to do so: the free tours start at 16.00 and 18.00 respectively at the Stilwerk, Kantstrasse 17 and at ‘hering berlin’ at Potsdamer Strasse 98.”

Antonia Krieg, Project Management

VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, Foto: Alexander Schippel
The Bauhaus founder and first director Walter Gropius (1883-1969). Collage, dispersion paint on cotton nettle, 191 x 232 cm. Design: Eckhard Gruber, artistic realisation: Jacqueline Teschner.

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“My favourite is the ‘Emancipation in over 100 years of Modernity – from votes for women to the gender debate”. The day-long symposium “Modern Emancipation” focuses on emancipation developments in central Europe from the turn of the century to the inter-war period, from 1919 to the end of the Weimar Republic, and from the post-war years to the present day. Which developments were definitive for society? Where does the debate currently stand? Speakers from the fields of research, as well as cultural and campaign practise, present protagonists of Modernity in the context of the women’s movement, urbanisation, architectural Modernity and the foundation of modern states. Open panel discussions will compare developments in the East and West, address today’s status quo with respect to equality and interact with the audience at the ‘bauhaus reuse’. Speakers include Christina Thürmer-Rohr (pioneer of the women’s movement), ‎Sabine Hark (ZIFG – Interdisciplinary Women’s Studies at the TU Berlin), Mary Pepchinski (curator of the exhibition ‘Frau Architekt’), Birte Förster (historian and author of ‘1919. Ein Kontinent erfindet sich neu’), Martina Pachmanová (Gender and Modernity, Prague Academy of Art), Priya Basil (author of ‘Gastfreundschaft’) and Kateřina Lišková (author of ‘Sexual Liberation, Socialist Style’). There will also be a live concert by the female rapper EBOW, who raps on the themes of sexism, racism and homophobia, calling for an open, solidarity-based, equal society.”

Robert K. Huber, cooperation partner BHR OX bauhaus reuse / zukunftsgeraeusche

Festival centre: BHR OX, bauhaus reuse, Ernst-Reuter-Platz (Mittelinsel), 10587 Berlin

The bauhauswoche berlin will be framed by the Long Night of the Museums and the Day of the Open Monument 2019 under the motto "Modern(s): Upheavals in Art and Architecture".

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Berlin celebrates 100 years of Bauhaus: on the street, in the festival centre, on the flat roofs of the city. With a shop-window exhibition on the history of the Bauhaus, with a wide-ranging programme of events, with urban morning gymnastics.

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