Founded in Weimar in 1919, moved to Dessau in 1925 and ended up in Berlin; the 100th birthday of the Bauhaus movement is marked by various celebrations all over the world but especially in these three cities. My series listing of the centenary events have started with Weimar, continued with Dessau, and in this article closing with Berlin.
03.09.2017 – 01.10.2018
The Malik-Verlag was the leading publishing house for progressive literature and a mouthpiece for the leftist art scene during the Weimar Republic. Its completely different, new approach to design attracted attention and prompted many imitations. The archives of the Akademie der Künste and students at the Hochschule für Schauspielkunst Ernst Busch are presenting texts from the Malik-Verlag’s early publishing programme, with a musical accompaniment by Maria Thomaschke and Susanne Stock.
New Bauhaus Museum Berlin
2018 — 2022
The existing Bauhaus Museum in Berlin, designed by Walter Gropius, is to be renovated in accordance with historic monument requirements and will be extended with the addition of a new building. The Bauhaus-Archiv holds the world’s most extensive collection of materials on the history of the Bauhaus. The building, opened in 1979, has now become too small and is no longer able to do justice to the increased demands on a museum that also serves as an archive. Visitor numbers have doubled during the last 10 years; in 2014, a total of 115.000 people interested in the Bauhaus visited the building. In the future, the functions of the Bauhaus-Archiv are to be distributed across two buildings. The intention is to use the existing building for the archive, while the annex building will be used as the museum.
Due to construction work expanding and modernizing the Bauhaus-Archiv, the museum in Klingelhöferstraße will be closed from 30 April 2018. In the summer of 2018, a Bauhaus information center featuring a gallery, event area, and the shop will open in the Hardenberg House which is a listed building designed by the architect Paul Schwebes.
21.03.2018 — 29.04.2018
In the Bauhaus-Archiv’s empty exhibition galleries freed from all subsequently added architectural elements, you can experience the light-filled original state of this building designed by Walter Gropius. Through a sound installation by the artists Bill Dietz and Janina Janke, visitors can performatively explore fundamental key texts and social issues examined by Bauhaus architects while contributing to the polyphony of the artwork which can be heard in the exhibition galleries as well as outside the building. Ideas of the historical Bauhaus thus become a source of inspiration for the present. A film, as well as an audio guide featuring interviews with people who work at the Bauhaus-Archiv, provide information about the approaching move and the institution’s prospects for the future.
Guided Tour to the Federal School Bernau
08.04.2018 – 24.06.2018
The Bauhaus Memorial to the Federal School of Bernau, in particular, the Meyer-Wittwer-Bau, is not a publicly accessible building. Visits to the interiors are therefore usually only possible during guided tours. Additionally, the documentary film “Die Bundesschule Bernau – Denkmal der Moderne” (33 minutes) can be seen during guided tours and events.
Walter Gropius and His Contemporaries
28.04.2018 – 06.10.2018
The green and the garden has been very important for the life quality of Berlin for 100 years. But is it also possible to create a modern living culture within this green? The architects of the 1920’s drafted pioneering examples for the new art of living. They designed options for families and the public transport.
In cooperation with the Bauhaus Archive, the tracks of Walter Gropius, Alfred Grenander, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Walter Peterhans, Richard Neutra and Bruno Taut will be wandered. Not all of them were architects of the Bauhaus, but they own one common ground: all of them were turned towards the idea of a functional, objective, modern and affordable building with the aim of giving the city a new, contemporary face.
The Floating University Berlin
11.05.2018 — 15.09.2018
Amidst incessant social debate about the future of Berlin, a temporary campus will be installed atop an enormous concrete rainwater basin in Tempelhof in 2018. Conceived as an artificial island, the Floating University Berlin (FUB) distances itself both spatially and programmatically from the city’s urban dynamics, and in doing so, offers visitors the chance to gain an alternative view of urban processes. It creates a space which encourages reflection in those who assume that urban development is something that themselves cannot influence. FUB is an international place for sharing strategies of spatial production, an institution of mutual learning, and a laboratory for urban experiments.
On the Tracks of Bauhaus Architects
30.06.2018 – 03.11.2018
In cooperation with the Bauhaus Archive, the tour aims to look at the individual residences. At the beginning of the 20th century, with the abrupt increase in population, Berlin stretched from the city in the green southwest. In a brief time here was built a variety of modern forms of housing. The bus tour leads the visitors to the house of Lewin, Walter Gropius, the Perls House of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, to the house of Peter Behrens Wiegand and the settlement Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Bruno Taut, Hugo Häring, Hans Poelzig and Otto Rudolf Salvisberg.
Bauhaus Week Berlin
25.08.2018 — 08.09.2018
Kulturprojekte Berlin is organizing “Berlin Bauhaus Week” on behalf of the federal state of Berlin. During this one-week festival, the ideas of the Bauhaus will be brought out into the city. Situated between the Long Night of Museums at the end of August and the Open Heritage Day (Tag des offenen Denkmals) on 8 September, it will present a diverse programme in public spaces. A display-window exhibition in retail shops will invite you to go for a stroll and will present the history of the Bauhaus, its influence, life at the school and the products it exported around the world. Lecture and film programmes, exhibition openings, guided tours, and performances round off the programme.
The Future is Now! 100 Years of Bauhaus
What do houses from the 3D printer in Dubai, wooden crate furniture in Beijing, a suspension railway in Medellín, urban farming in Detroit and a micro home in Berlin have to do with the German Bauhaus?
The ideas and design principles of the Bauhaus movement remain hugely relevant to this day. From an international perspective, the Bauhaus concept enjoys the same level of recognition as German engineering and the “Made in Germany” label. In 2019, the art school celebrates the 100th anniversary of its establishment. To mark the occasion, planet film is producing a three-part documentary series on behalf of Deutsche Welle. The focus of the films is the influence that the philosophy of the Bauhaus movement still exerts to this day on the globalized society of the 21st century all over the world. The connectors are historical parallels between 1919, the year of the foundation of the Bauhaus, and now. Back then just as now, society faced and is facing major social upheaval and challenges.
Film series to mark the Bauhaus anniversary 2019:
1. The Bauhaus Code – What is behind the successful Bauhaus formula?
2. The Bauhaus Effect – How were the Bauhaus principles developed?
3. The Bauhaus Utopia – A good life for all?
2019 Triennale der Moderne – Weimar, Dessau, Berlin
01.01.2019 – 31.12.2019
The initiative “Triennale der Moderne” (Triennale of Modernity) is planning to build a network of modernity, and to make the world heritage of modern architecture more popular in Germany, starting with the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Berlin, Weimar and Dessau.
bau1haus. The Modern in the World
15.01.2019 – 03.03.2019
The actual modernity began after 1918: people’s needs for light, air, living and sanitary comfort, new materials such as concrete, steel, and glass, new aesthetic principles such as “form follows function” or “organic buildings” led to a “new style” that broke with the repetition of senseless historical forms of construction.
The Berlin-based photographer Jean Molitor has made his photo search for “Constructions of Modernism” in Germany, Russia, Spain, Spain, USA, Cuba, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The exhibition “bau1haus” aims to open eyes and hearts to the aesthetics of time and to give impulses for the preservation of irretrievable building substance.
A one-week festival in Berlin headed by the Bauhaus-Archiv will kick off the centenary. The federal president of Germany will open the festival with Prelude at Akademie der Künste in Berlin. This opening event will be visible around the world and will interweave pioneering contemporary positions in performing arts, music and new media with discussion formats appearing in international, interdisciplinary forms. “The Bauhaus Week of 1923” provides the historical point of reference for all this. An international selection of artists will be invited to articulate their visions for the architecture, art, and design of the 21st century. Here the focus will be on the relationship between body, space, and movement, between man and machine.
15.03.2019 – 10.06.2019
The Bauhaus Imaginista series of exhibitions and events highlight the impact and reception of the Bauhaus in the context of major twentieth-century geopolitical changes. The Bauhaus was in contact with institutions in many countries, where it encountered similar movements that had arisen independently of it, and that lent the Bauhaus itself strong stimuli. Beginning in March 2018, the international exhibition and research project Bauhaus Imaginista explores these interconnections. Four separately developed exhibitions will be shown at art and design museums, and institutions in Japan, China, Russia, and Brazil. Finally, during the Bauhaus centenary year in 2019, the locally developed exhibitions and events will be brought together and expanded on in a large overview which will include the fourth exhibition chapter, “Undead,” at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin.
Bauhaus and Photography. ‘Neues Sehen’ in Contemporary Art
23.08.2019 — 31.12.2019
Based on the creative impulses of Bauhaus photography, the project “Bauhaus and Photography. ‘Neues Sehen’ in Contemporary Art” aims to explore how the innovations of that period can advance photographic language today. It focuses on the most important aesthetic attributes of avant-garde photography, for example, images of industrial culture, surface textures, material characteristics, seriality in object arrangement, extreme perspectives, visual detailing, and camera-less photography. The exhibition can be visited in Museum für Fotografie, Berlin.
Berlin Film Premiere “Building the Future – 100 Years Bauhaus”
In the presence of the directors Niels Bolbrinker and Thomas Tielsch, the premiere of “Building the Future – 100 Years Bauhaus” will be held in Berlin. The film describes the exciting history of the Bauhaus as the formulation, the failure and the renewal of a social utopia. But it also talks about social, planning and artistic projects in the present and places them in the context of Bauhaus history. So, viewing a large, visionary project, the film poses today’s current questions: how do we want to live, and where do we want to go?
The Grand Tour of Modernism: 100 years – 100 sites
What links Alfeld with Berlin, Darmstadt with Dresden and Stuttgart with Bernau? “The Grand Tour of Modernism” leads visitors along a specially developed route through the history of modernism in Germany. It links the sensual experience of travel with the pleasure of discovery and the understanding of history and the present. Around 100 outstanding modernist buildings will be selected on the basis of their relevance to cultural history and linked together to form an attractive travel route which can be experienced by rail, car or bicycle. The Bauhaus-Archiv will be incorporating the Berlin destinations from the programme into its own programme of excursions to the sites of modernism.
Gropius to Go
With Gropius to Go, there is a digital Gropius city guide in the pocket. Pictures, addresses, expert brief descriptions as well as prepared tours through the settlements open up the access to buildings and objects of Walter Gropius in Berlin by the app. In Berlin alone, there are more than a dozen buildings and works of art by Walter Gropius (1883-1969). Nowhere else does the world-famous architect leave a wider spectrum of his oeuvre than in his hometown of Berlin. Some of his buildings are even on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Yağmur Ruzgar, 2. semester Public Art and New Artistic Strategies (M.F.A.)