Tracing Bauhaus
Study tour 22 April to 28 April 2018

Bauhaus building Dessau, Walter Gropius (1925–26), Südseite Photo (detail): Tadashi Okochi © Pen Magazine, 2010, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau

100 years of Bauhaus

Much of what we associate with ‘modernism’ in architecture and design originated in a small German art movement that existed for only 14 years yet left internationally distinguished traces. In 2019, the Staatliches Bauhaus will commemorate its 100 anniversary.

In 2019, the Staatliches Bauhaus will commemorate its 100th anniversary. Founded by German architect Walter Gropius in 1919 in Weimar, the Staatliches Bauhaus meld the fine arts, crafts and design under one roof with the aim of creating a Gesamtkunstwerk, or comprehensive artwork. Its centers lie in the German cities of Weimar, Dessau and Berlin, mainly headed and influenced by the three architects Walter Gropius, Hannes Meyer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

In the Gulf States – mainly in the United Arab Emirates, in Bahrain and in Oman - this German movement has recently met great interest among young creative people. Architects, designers and young creatives have started to study the concept of Bauhaus and the chances and ways to connect it with their contemporary creative practice of crafts and artworks. They developed models for their local environment and productions and have succeeded in establishing own and individual forms deriving from the principles of Bauhaus.

With a study tour for participants from the Gulf and MENA states, the Goethe-Institut Gulf Region begins the preparation of projects to commemorate the Bauhaus anniversary.

BAUHAUS SPURENSUCHE – Tracing Bauhaus allows architects, designers, craftspeople and artists to search for traces of Bauhaus in their local environments. In a second move they will develop concepts and designs for an exhibition of Bauhaus products.

Important Bauhaus Sites in Germany

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100 years of Bauhaus - The Bauhaus Association 2019

In 2019, Germany celebrates the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus. With partners in Germany and internationally, the Bauhaus Association 2019 has produced an interdisciplinary program of long-term projects, travelling exhibitions, symposia, and more, which elebrates Bauhaus values and traditions, starting in 2016.

Bauhausgebäude Dessau, Walter Gropius (1925–26), Glasfassade Photo (detail): Tadashi Okochi © Pen Magazine, 2010, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau

Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau

The Bauhaus Dessau Foundation is a centre of research, teaching and experimental design, based in the historical Bauhaus Building in Dessau-Roßlau. Founded by the German Federal Government, the state of Saxony-Anhalt, and the town of Dessau in 1994, its employees include architects, town planners, sociologists, cultural scientists, artists, and art historians.

Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design, Berlin; Architects: Walter Gropius, Alex Cvijanovic and Hans Bandel  © Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, Photo (detail): Karsten Hintz

Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design, Berlin

The Bauhaus Archive/Museum of Design in Berlin researches and presents the history and impact of the Bauhaus movement (1919-1933), the most important school of architecture, design  and art of the 20th century. The world’s most complete collection on the history of the school is housed in a building designed by Walter Gropius, the founder of Bauhaus.

Granby workshop products Photo (detail): Courtesy Assemble und Granby Workshop

Project Bauhaus

To celebrate the Bauhaus centenary, a transdisciplinary, international group of experts initiated "Project Bauhaus". The project aims to take critical stock of the ideas of the Bauhaus and to render the utopian surplus of the Bauhaus productive for the present. From 2015 to 2019, “Project Bauhaus” focuses on a new research question each year, inviting collaborators from across all disciplines to join the experimental inquiry into the renewal of art, design, and architecture in relation to contemporary society.

Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin Photo (detail): Heike Overberg

Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin

This initiative "Stadt Neudenken" was launched in 2011 during the KUNST STADT BERLIN 2020 - Welche Kunstpolitik braucht die Stadt (The Arts and the City III) conference. The participants aim to network and would like to contribute towards a new urban development policy through stimulating concepts and contributions to the discussion. The city is understood as being the commonly-used space of a civil society.

Organization for foreign cultural policy (ifa) © ifa / Katharina Haak

Organization for foreign cultural policy (ifa)

The Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (ifa) promotes art and cultural exchange through exhibitions, dialogues and conference programs. As a competence center for cultural diplomacy, it connects civil societies, cultural practices, art, media, and science and initiates international cultural discussions and relations. The ifa has a global network of collaborators and long-term partners. It is supported by the Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, the state of Baden-Württemberg, and its capital city, Stuttgart.

bauhaus museum weimar, Eingangsportal mit Museumsvorplatz, Visualisierung Visualisierung: bloomimages GmbH

Bauhaus Museum Weimar

The Bauhaus Museum Weimar offers unique insights into the development of the Bauhaus in the town of Weimar, where it was first founded in 1919. The collection of more than 300 objects, includes works by Walter Gropius, Johannes Itten, Lyonel Feininger, and Marcel Breuer