Understand the Bauhaus!
Is there a piece of a future state in every sliding window?
Everything used to be better in the past, even the future. The much-quoted phrase attributed to Karl Valentin, a Bauhaus contemporary, but not a Bauhaus protagonist, could also apply to the legendary design school’s “horizons of expectation”. A conference in Weimar in late November 2019 investigated the visions of Modernity – and 100 Years of Bauhaus joined in.
Can you still hear the Bauhaus?
We asked creative people for their opinions: How did you find the centenary of the Bauhaus? Did it inspire, motivate, annoy, bore or change you? Their answers form a kaleidoscope of perspectives on the relevance of Modernism.
When the Bauhaus closed in 1933, people’s fates, principles and Bauhaus pieces were scattered throughout the world. From December 2 to 5, the international conference “Collecting the Bauhaus” invites an audience of Bauhaus expertise to Dessau to talk on teaching and exhibition strategies based on the often fateful histories of the objects and collections, thereby discussing a global Bauhaus history that even reaches into the future.
The New Man on the Move
While the Bauhaus parties in Weimar are still largely exclusive, the celebrations in the new Bauhaus building in Dessau have been opened to a broader public, with the result that they now serve as public relations events for the school. Attendees can expect to experience the ways in which the Bauhaus educated its students to develop self-confident, bold, adventurous personalities in terms of design.
Countless New Ideas
In just a few weeks, the great Bauhaus celebration that has excited us all year will draw to a close. The anniversary ends on December 31. What can we take from it? Annemarie Jaeggi, Museum Director of the Berlin Bauhaus Archive, gives her assessment, along with Claudia Perren, Director of the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, and Wolfgang Holler, Director of the Museen der Klassikstiftung Weimar.
Masters and weavers
In this Bauhaus centenary, one often gets the impression that this laboratory of modernism was a trailblazer for pretty much everything. Yet despite all the praise, a counter-question might be justified: What is not Bauhaus these days? In other words: What should we do better than the Bauhaus? Where should we take distance from it?