Learning from the Bauhaus
What is our contemporary perspective on the messages, experiments, ideals and hopes of the Bauhaus generations of the past? Where can the “heritage” of the avant-garde art school be seen in our own aesthetic practise? Which political utopias of the interwar years have faded – or inspired us to further consideration? The conference “Freedom – Art – Community. Bauhaus ideas as questions of the present day” invites participants to the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek in Leipzig on November 14 and 15.
The historical Bauhaus was fully focused on the future. Is it already a thing of the past today? We will attempt to answer that question at two events at the Bauhaus-Museum Weimar in 2019 and 2020 – endeavouring to transfer the revolutionary spirit of the Bauhaus to the present day. From November 20 to 22, you are invited to join in discussions, lateral thinking and progress at the “Weimarer Kontroversen 2019”.
In late November, on the 29th and 30th to be precise, the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung in der Berlinischen Galerie invites you to the international symposium “Taking a Stand?”. It engages with the theme of the Bauhaus and Modernity in the field of tension between politics and economics, as well as the social stance of the Bauhaus and its emancipatory, changing impetus during changing times: including National Socialism, emigration and exile in a divided post-war Germany.
The closure of the Bauhaus, flight and emigration scattered Bauhaus objects and collections around the entire globe. The conference “Collecting Bauhaus”, presented by the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau from December 2 to 5, investigates these complex origins, leading to contrasting exhibition and communication strategies. How can one make such global networks fruitful for a Bauhaus museum in the 21st century?
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The bauhaus100 newsletter will be circulated from time to time with news about the Bauhaus Centenary 2019.
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?