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Monument Open Day
Let us begin with a beloved tradition: On September 8, we recommend the “Monument Open Day” to all friends of Modernism. Throughout the country, you have the opportunity to visit thousands of monuments, which will open their doors free of charge. This year’s motto is: “Modern upheavals in art and architecture”. The largest cultural event in Germany is organised by the Deutsche Stiftung Denkmalschutz.
Triennale of Modernity
Slowly, very slowly, we are approaching the end of the Bauhaus year. In Weimar, the transition from summer to autumn is being celebrated with the start of the “Triennale of Modernity”. This year’s patron is the Israeli Ambassador. The event will continue a few days later in Dessau and Berlin. Between September 26 and October 13, Weimar warmly invites you to participate in concerts and visit the newly opened Bauhaus Museum Weimar and the World Cultural heritage sites, including the “Musterhaus am Horn”, which has been restored to its original form and materiality. Lectures, films, dance, dialogue walks with music, jazz, architecture, photography, lantern promenades and so much more will turn the long weekend to a unique, unforgettable Bauhaus moment.
Opium (D, 1918)
Staying in Weimar, here is a film review written in 1919: “This ‘monumental film’ is steeped in ‘abundant sensation’. The highest praise for this work should be bestowed upon the director Reinert. One special effect is the representation of opium dreams: a frenzy of experiences and imagination pours out in an unrecognisable chaos. No other forms of presentation can illustrate the effects of opium poison in such a true-to-life way. The stage and the book fail where only the technology of the cinematographer can triumph.” That exuberant critic was Eric Jacobsohn. The subject of his enthusiastic review was “Opium”, the silent film drama by the Modernist film-maker Robert Reinert. In “Opium”, Reinert intertwined exotic orientalism with an “erotic feast for the eyes”, thereby causing a scandal. The silent film has now been reconstructed and will be presented at the Weimar Lichthaus Kino with live musical accompaniment on September 4.
Geometric ballet at Appia Stage Reloaded in the Festspielhaus Hellerau
In 1913, the stage set designers Adolphe Appia and the lighting artist Alexander von Salzmann conceived the prototype of a new theatre stage for the 20th century in Hellerau: the Appia Stage. It inspired artists all around the world, above all the Bauhaus founders. On September 8, the reconstructued Appia Stage will open with a season festival in the entire building, including the “Xiang Peng Figural Space Cabinet” from the China Academy of Arts Hangzhou in collaboration with the Bauhaus Open Stage/Bauhaus Museum Dessau. Until September 21, 2019, there will be numerous further performances, dance and music events, as well as workshops and exhibitions.
You can discover another interesting woman on September 21 at the kunsthalle bernburg. However, Nina Hannah Kornatz is completely contemporary. Her exhibition “I want to give myself away” is a homage to the Bauhaus weaver Gunta Stölzl, not just in terms of the title. The show also provides plenty of space for personal recollections, interpretations and associations. During a “FamilyArtAfternoon”, you have the chance to try it out for yourself and become artistically active to create your own pieces. No need to be shy!
The rebellious and clever Bauhaus women in Löwenstein's Pausa (Part III)
Do you fancy something a little Bohemian? Then you should head to Mössingen on September 18 and take your seats in the event space of the Tonnenhalle Pausa. Irene Scherer, Chair of Löwenstein-Forschungsvereins e.V., will be presenting a lecture on a woman who followed her own rhythm: the painter, photographer, graphic designer and journalist Lily Hildebrandt: she and her husband, the art historian Hans Hildebrandt, turned their house into a meeting place for the Stuttgart avant-garde, where they hosted painters, architects, designers and musicians. Lily maintained friendships with Willi Baumeister, Ida Kerkovius, Oskar Schlemmer and Friedl Dicker. The evening will provide insight into the spirit of the times and present an exceptional artist.
[TF 2019; Translation TBR]
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