In the Provincial Heartland
Programme News: October 2019
If you wish to get some outdoor exercise before the cold, wet and freezing weather sets in, you can ride your bicycle in Merseburg on October 5th and take part in a public guided tour of the Zollinger quarter. The innovative horseshoe-shaped Zollinger roofs can best be seen from the street. The tour starts at the Kulturhistorisches Museum Schloss Merseburg.
Should you prefer a more covered environment, you can discover the Bauhaus Reading Room of the German National Library in Leipzig and register for a tour there on October 20. In 1933, it was still known as the Deutsche Bücherei and was part of the Propaganda Ministry. Today, the south-eastern wing of the building is being converted into the new Science Reading Room with a surprisingly modern appearance. The students often sit on tubular-steel cantilever chairs by the Bauhaus designer Mart Stam and work at black desks illuminated by dark green shade luminaires. Teardrop ceiling lights, a balustrade with sweeping tubular-steel banisters and a wall clock without any hands are all clearly inspired by the Bauhaus. During the tour, you can try out the cantilever chairs, discover why two murals disappeared again even before the reading room was opened and see special Bauhaus publications from the National Library’s stock.
Dresden Modernity 1919-1933. New ideas for the city, architecture and people.
A special exhibition at the Stadtmuseum Dresden presents the contrasting architecture and urban planning forms of Modernity and modernisation – encompassing far more than just “White Modernity”. Democratic stimuli, technological enthusiasm and the vibrancy of the 1920s led to a specific, extremely exciting mixture in Dresden.
The armchairs will be even more comfortable on October 7: the Oli-Kino cinema in Magdeburg is presenting “KUHLE WAMPE. The cinema of grand plans.” This is no popcorn film, however. “KUHLE WAMPE” was produced in 1932 and is a milestone of political cinema. Filmed in a documentary style, it recounts the story of the working-class Bönicke family, who are driven from their home as a result of the global economic crisis and move to the garden allotments called “Kuhle Wampe” in the east of Berlin. The film was banned by the National Socialists in 1933.
Nothing but Bauhaus?
Mia and Lucas Rosenstein eagerly anticipate their trip to Chicago, where they have been invited to celebrate their grandfather’s birthday. While foraging through his apartment, the children discover an old suitcase with strange utensils. Their grandfather tells them an interesting anecdote connected to each object inside. They are all part of the fascinating world of the Bauhaus. Mia and Lucas are so inspired, they decide to visit the great Bauhaus locations in their homeland. A children’s book by Ingolf Kern and Werner Möller, with illustrations by Kitty Kahane
From documentation to virtual reality: “The Reason Offsite” is an exhibition curated by the young architectural office SUMMARY. Until October 11th, the Portuguese team will welcome you to the Neufart Box in Weimar, using a headset kit to transport you to a 20 x 20 m virtual space filled with information boards and architecture models. They present a collection of buildings and building systems that are important with respect to the historical development of modular and prefabricated architecture. The presented buildings are from the 17th century to the present day, by anonymous architects and famous names such as Jean Prouvé, Walter Gropius, Buckminster Fuller, Shigeru Ban and MVRDV.
“Weimar in the West”, the touring exhibition presented by the regional authorities of Westfalen-Lippe and the Rhineland, has already been on the road for a while. Until October 26, you have the chance to see it at the Mindener Museum. Above all, the exhibition presents hitherto unknown photos and films to paint a comprehensive picture of “Weimar in the West”. This regional perspective is supplemented by an extensive introduction into the general history of Germany between its imperial period and National Socialism.
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