Learning from the Bauhaus
On November 29 and 30, the Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design at the Berlinische Galerie is holding the international symposium “Taking a stand?”. The Bauhaus and the Neues Bauen movement are often related to a “social stance”. In fact, Bauhaus protagonists and Modern architects were neither united nor unchangeable. The symposium confronts widespread assumptions on the Bauhaus, comparing it to historical fact. It provides insight into the construct of a “Bauhaus idea” that is still influential a century after the school’s foundation. It also addresses questions of taking a stand on several levels.
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?
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, discussions, lateral thinking and progress were made at the “Weimarer Kontroversen 2019”.
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” invited participants to the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek in Leipzig on November 14 and 15.
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Leave Behind a Trail of Light!
One of the foundation-course exercises at the Bauhaus Dessau was to “Leave behind a trail of light”. We pick up the thought as a way of asking friends, critics, responsible organisers and participants of the Bauhaus centenary celebrations for a brief summary. Eight perspectives on a nationwide celebration of Modernity, defined by festivals, dialogue, a call for responsibility and new perspectives.