The show goes on

Neues Sehen – Neue Sachlichkeit

Let art sharpen your senses for the New Year: in Rhede, Westphalia, the exhibition “Neues Sehen – Neue Sachlichkeit” will open on January 12. At the Medizin- und Apothekenmuseum, you can investigate photographic positions in Westphalia from the Bauhaus period to the present day. The important developments in photography in Germany began after World War I, in Westfalen-Lippe and the Ruhr region. Photographers such as Albert Renger-Patzsch, Otto Steinert and Erich Angenendt expanded the spectrum of motifs and composition schemes, either following in-depth study of the Bauhaus, or by radically disassociating themselves from it. So there is plenty to see.

Dieter Blase
Zollverein Southern hoisting machine house shaft XII

And She was Like: BÄM!

On January 19, the Museum Ludwig in Cologne will consolidate its reputation for socio-political debate by inviting the network “And She Was Like: BÄM!”, which works for intersectional, diverse feminism that connects genders. “BÄM!” networks women with evening classes, regular social events and talks. One of these talks will be held in the foyer of the Museum Ludwig.

Nathan Ishar
And She Was Like: BÄM! is aimed at women* with different lifestyles and experiences.

Bauhaus Meister Moderne

The “Triadische Ballett” is so beautiful and thoroughly unique that you can never really get enough of it. There will be another opportunity to enjoy the captivating choreography on January 21. The Kunstmuseum Moritzburg Halle is presenting Oskar Schlemmer’s Modern classic at the Luchs.Kino. If you have a little time to spare for other impressions before the film, we recommend the exhibition “Bauhaus Meister Moderne” in the Moritzburg, creating a perfect venue for the light spectacle. Susanna Köller, the Custodian of the Graphic Collection, will welcome you to the cinematic evening.

Kulturstiftung Sachsen-Anhalt – Kunstmuseum Moritzburg / Photo: Kulturstiftung Sachsen-Anhalt
Wassily Kandinsky: Descent (detail), 1925, watercolour and ink on paper, 48.4 x 32.2 cm

Aufbrüche – Bauhaus & Co

Almost 300 kilometres away from Halle, in Essen, another exhibition is also opening on 21 January: “Aufbrüche – Bauhaus & Co”, which is part of the project “100 Years of Adult Education in Essen – Setting out”. It presents works from the fields of painting and photography, which interpret the theme of the Bauhaus in completely different ways.


Breathology Expanded

Need a moment for a breath of fresh air? Every adult breathes in and out between 12 and 18 times a minute. You should spare a few breaths on January 26 for the Berlinische Galerie, preferably between 11:00 and 14:00, which is when the workshop “Breathology Expanded” will be presented by the Danish free-diving World Champion Stig Severinsen. He can teach you how to use your breathing to strengthen your mind and body, thereby helping to reduce stress, improve concentration and make better decisions, even in stressful situations. “Breathology” is a mixture of yoga, physiology and high-performance sport. Severinsen broke the Guiness World Record for breath-holding in 2010: in a shark tank in Denmark, he held his breath for over 20 minutes. What has all that got to do with the Bauhaus? The teacher Johannes Itten regarded individual sensations to be the source of creative design – which included regular breathing exercises.

Fotostudio Bartsch
Takehiko Mizutani, three-part sculpture from Albers' preliminary course, 1927, Bauhaus Archiv Berlin


Or do you prefer architecture? Then Krefeld should be on your to-do list in early 2020. Until January 26, you can consider ideas about living differently at the exhibition “ANDERS WOHNEN”, presented by the Haus Lange and Haus Esters museums. The Krefeld museums have managed to gather around 20 international artists, architects and designers for their project. They developed a range of housing and living concepts for the two houses designed by Mies van der Rohe, including their gardens. The focus was on three themes: utopia, mobility and dystopia. The exhibition also encourages you to participate in the project: either in an open workshop including experiments on forward-looking technolgies, or in lectures, performances and discussions. Taking a look back is particularly exciting: augmented reality allows you to experience the Haus Lange in its residential condition in the 1930s.

Volker Döhne
House Esters, Krefeld Terrace area, Garden side, South

    [TF 2019; Translation: TBR]

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