from 8 September 2019
Bauhaus Museum Dessau
On the 1st of November 1976, the “Galerie am Sachsenplatz” in Leipzig charged the City of Dessau-Roßlau with the amount of 145,000 Marks for 148 works of Bauhäusler. Ranging from ceramics to furniture, it was a colourful mix. The items were exhibited for the first time in the Bauhaus Building, which was re-opened as Scientific-Cultural Centre in the GDR on the 4th of December 1976 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Bauhaus. This purchase formed the basis of the collection of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, now consisting of more than 49,000 items. This first convolute will welcome the visitors of the Bauhaus Museum Dessau on the occasion of the centenary of the Bauhaus’ foundation.
Titled Versuchstätte Bauhaus. The Collection, the exhibition in the Bauhaus Museum Dessau will tell the narrative of the famous school in Dessau. By means of original furniture, lamps, textiles and works of visual artists, it leads through the history of the School of Art and Design as a lively location of learning and teaching, artistically experimenting and working at industrial prototypes – and still coining our everyday life until today. In topical sections, it shows that teaching, designing and constructing at the Bauhaus should serve the change, improvement and shaping of the society.
After World War I, the Bauhäusler searched for approaches to form and shape life in a new and modern way. Fonts, furniture, textiles, wall papers or architectures, the everyday culture of Modernism, which has become a matter of course for us nowadays, emerged in Dessau at that time. One more reason to bring to our minds the historical conditions, the visions and concepts, the working procedures and methods, the actors and networks of the Bauhaus from the distance of 100 years by means of the objects preserved by the collection activities since 1976.
At the same time, the exhibition links, in space and contents, the numerous Bauhaus buildings that are lined up like a red threat from the north to the south of Dessau. Whereas the visitors of the Bauhaus Building can comprehend the teaching processes and the cohabitation of the Bauhäusler while walking through the building’s architecture, ideas and everyday life, classes and workshop, teachers and students come to life in the museum by sketches, photos, pieces of art and workshop products.
The presented collection is an exhibition in motion. Interludes in the form of temporary exhibitions in the exhibition allow to extend and perpetuate the Versuchsstätte Bauhaus in regular intervals. New convolutes of the Dessau collection or objects that are not included in the permanent exhibition in the museum are shown in them. Guest objects from international Bauhaus collections can be presented and enter into a dialogue with the Dessau collection. The interludes are also venues for experimenting by the Bauhaus Agents who give insights in their project work with schools in Dessau.
More articles on this topic
The bauhaus100 newsletter will be circulated from time to time with news about the Bauhaus Centenary 2019.
The Bauhaus existed for only 14 years in Germany, but for 100 years its ideas have now been passed on and its products relaunched, imitated and further developed. Marking the centenary of the Bauhaus’s founding, the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung’s exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie is presenting famous, familiar and forgotten Bauhaus originals and recounting the history behind the objects. Around 1,000 exhibits will be on display: art and design from the Bauhaus-Archiv’s collection, exceptional loans from international collections and artistic positions which take a new look at the Bauhaus legacy.
Plastics in the Bauhaus: the earthiness of early polymer composites
Conservators at the Bauhaus Dessau do not only handle steel, glass, or concrete, but also plastics such as Triolin. How far are they willing to let plastics show their age? And what does the centenary imply for future conservation work?