Masterpieces of modernism
Brandenburg features impressive examples of modern architecture such as the Einsteinturm (Einstein Tower) in Potsdam and the hat factory in Luckenwalde, both by Erich Mendelsohn; the Riehl, Urbig and Mosler houses by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the Neubabelsberg district of Potsdam; the Kupferhaus estate in Eberswalde-Finow, to which Walter Gropius contributed; and above all the School of the Federation of German Trade Unions (ADGB) in Bernau, built in 1928–1930. Alongside the Laubenganghäuser (Balcony Access Houses) in Dessau, the school is one of the few surviving buildings implemented by the Bauhaus architecture department, headed by the Bauhaus’s second Director, Hannes Meyer. In preparation for the Bauhaus centenary, the recreational and usage quality of the ADGB-School is to be improved through a new configuration of the external features.
The centenary activities in 2019 will focus on this rich heritage of building culture that the state of Brandenburg enjoys. Exhibitions on the New Objectivity, design, and traces of the Bauhaus in Brandenburg are being arranged by the DKW museum in Cottbus (kunst.museum.dieselkraftwerk.cottbus). Conferences and festivals will be presenting the regional and local heritage of the Bauhaus and modernism. Alongside the legacy of building culture, however, there will also be activities to do with Bauhaus influences on design, the fine arts, and also dance – at the 2019 Potsdamer Tanztage (Potsdam Dance Festival).
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The bauhaus100 newsletter will be circulated from time to time with news about the Bauhaus Centenary 2019.
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: Who is the woman sitting on the tubular-steel chair? Does the Haus am Horn have a secret twin? Why have the tea infusers which were created as prototypes for industrial production always remained one-of-a-kind pieces? The exhibition sheds light on how unique work and series, remake and original are inseparably linked in the history of the Bauhaus. Around 1,000 Bauhaus originals from the Bauhaus-Archiv’s collection will be on display, as well as exceptional loans from international collections and contemporary artistic positions.