100 years of Bauhaus: the functional modernism which was keenly followed lifestyle
One century after being founded, “The Bauhaus Association” commemorates the German school that laid the foundations for modern design with a big array of activities.
An extensive cultural programme which rediscovers the historical legacy of the Bauhaus, championing its influence in our present and future.
2019. 100 years after the creation of the Bauhaus or Staatliche Bauhaus (‘State Building House’). Founded on April 1st in 1919 by the Prussian architect, Walter Gropius (Berlin, 1883-1969), this school of architecture, design, craftwork and art was a turning point in the way both design and architecture were conceived. Under the “Shape follows function” slogan, this academy based in Weimar in Germany, focused on creating easy-to-use objects which were based on basic geometric shapes, clean lines and primary colours. His way of improving the pieces of chain production exceeded the boundaries of the school, resulting in a social, cultural and artistic movement that went far beyond its foundation.
The Bauhaus, from the German ‘Bau’ (building) and ‘Haus’ (house), brought hundreds of students who were trained in different artistic and material disciplines together throughout its 14 years of existence. An innovative educational method which was taken over by the Nazi party as a way of “cultural bolshevism” and a clear challenge to order and authority alike. After the centres of Weimar and later that of Dessau in 1933, Hitler order its closure.
With the aim of rediscovering the historical legacy of the Bauhaus, the founder of Functionalism and rooted in the transformative movement of the society “in which we live”, The Bauhaus Association celebrates the “100 Years Bauhaus” cultural cycle. An extensive list of exhibitions, workshops and symposia until mid 2020, at the nerve centre where the history of the academy took place.
An exhibition which migrates from the HKW “Haus der Kulturen der Welt” from Berlin to the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern from September 20th to January 12th, 2020. Through historical objects and work by artists such as Kader Attia, Luca Frei and Wendelien van Oldenborgh; the different adaptations and approaches that the Modernism of the Bauhaus has experienced in different parts of the world are showcased. Ideas aplenty and sharing points of view which is the result of symposia and workshops done by students and teachers in countries such as Brazil, India, Russia and Japan.
Exhibitions in Weimar, Dessau and Berlin
“Bauhaus comes from Weimar” “Van de Velde, Nietzsche and the modernism around 1900” Klassik Stiftung Weimar: from April 6th, 2019
The oldest Bauhaus collection in the world. 13.000 objects which make the sample started in 1925 by Walter Gropius more extensive with up to 168 taken from the Weimar studio itself.
“Original Bauhaus” Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, at the Berlinische Galerie, from September 6th, 2019 to January 27th, 2020.
A sample that tells the story hidden behind the objects designed by the Bauhaus, namely: the woman sitting on the steel chair and the industrial prototype of the symbolic tea pot. It showcases works of art and design by Bauhaus-Archiv, specially loaned international collections and artistic positions which throw light on the legacy of Bauhaus.
“Bauhaus as a testing ground. The Collection. “Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau: from September 8th, 2019
A compendium of 40.000 objects which unravels, edge to edge, the most mature period of the Bauhaus in Dessau. Furniture, textiles and new architecture that endorses the “industrial culture of practical life”.
‘The Bauhaus Association’ offers the tracking of 100 years of architectural legacy through tours of the best modernist buildings in Germany. An initiative which brings buildings and people together, aiming to be the subject of knowledge and discussion. The tour includes cities such as: Weimar, Erfurt, Gera and Dessau; it goes through symbolic buildings such as the Bauhaus Schools, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.
The main legacy of the Bauhaus is to continue with the dissemination of the knowledge created in the first academies. The 100 years Bauhaus cycle builds bridges between the schools and the main German museums in order to enhance a new cultural educational programme. New teaching with teachers trained in education and architecture which aims to boost the cultural knowledge of youngsters and whose objectives are set on the transgressive Bauhaus method. All the activities and the updated programme of ‘100 years Bauhaus’ are in this link.