Conference Bauhaus Conference

Fagus Factory, Walter Gropius/Adolf Meyer, Alfeld, 1911-13 Photo: absolut Medien GmbH

Wed, 03.04.2019

5:30 PM

[ARC] Department of Architecture

At this conference, taking place in collaboration with the Department of Architecture of the University of Nicosia, invited speakers each shed a light on a different aspect of the Bauhaus.

The keynote speaker is Prof. Dr. Magdalena Droste, former director of the Bauhaus-Archiv Museum für Gestaltung in Berlin, who will give an in-depth presentation about Bauhaus covering its history, the changes through its three different directors, the historical context in relation to Bauhaus, leading up to the present day, 100 years after the Bauhaus school was founded in 1919.

The following presentations each shed a light on different aspects of Bauhaus and its influence, as Tatiana Efrussi takes us on a journey to the Soviet Union, Prof. Dr. Miodrag Suvakovic to the Balkans and Associate Professor Dr. Panayiota Pyla then brings us to Cyprus.

Conference programme

5.30 pm
Keynote lecture: Das Bauhaus
Prof. Dr. Magdalena Droste, Berlin
Former director of the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin
6.55 pm
20 min. break
7.15 pm
"Bauhaus Erfahrungen nicht anwendbar" (bauhaus experiences not applicable) – Bauhaus architects in the Soviet Union
Tatiana Efrussi, Paris
Art historian and artist
7.45 pm
"The Bauhaus influence in the Balkan region in art, design and architecture"
Prof. Dr. Miško Suvakovic, Belgrade
Professor of applied aesthetics & theory of art and media and Dean of Faculty for Media and Communications, Belgrade, Serbia
8.15 pm
"The ideas of Bauhaus and modernism in Cyprus"
Associate Prof. Dr. Panayiota Pyla, Nicosia
Architectural historian and theorist, and Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, University of Cyprus
8.45 pm
End of programme

Prof. Dr. Magdalena Droste studied art history and German studies in Aachen and Marburg, where she received her doctorate in 1977. Droste has authored and edited numerous publications and exhibitions on the subject of Bauhaus and the history of 19th and 20th century design. Her publication Das Bauhaus 1919-1933 from 1990 was translated in 11 languages.

Magdalena Droste was a research associate from 1980 and from 1991 until 1997 she was deputy director at the Bauhaus Archive Berlin, Museum of Design. From 1997 until 2017 she was Professor of Art history at the BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg. She is a member of Comité International d'Histoire de l'Art (Membre suppléant, Comites Nationaux Allemagne) and of the Association of German Art Historians.

Tatiana Efrussi (b. 1988) is an art historian and artist. In 2011 she graduated from the Moscow State Lomonosov University with a paper on the Soviet connections of the Bauhaus. On the basis of this work she curated an exhibition Bauhaus in Moscow in 2012 at the Moscow VKhUTEMAS gallery. She has been working on the dissertation entitled Hannes Meyer – A Soviet Architect, which contextualizes Meyer’s thinking and work of the Soviet period within the 1930s Moscow architectural scene. Some publications on this subject have appeared in the bauhaus imaginista online journal, among others. Her artistic work, combining archival research and archaeology of spaces, is inspired by the Soviet past.

Prof. Dr. Miško Šuvaković is professor of applied aesthetics & theory of art and media, Faculty for Media and Communications, Belgrade, where he is also dean. He is president of the Society for Aesthetics of Architecture and Visual Arts Serbia and has published or edited 50 books. He was a member of the conceptualist Group 143 (1975-1980), a member of the informal theoretical community 'The Community for Researching Space' (1982-1989) and member of the theoretical-performing organisation Walking Theory (2000-to the present), as well as a follower of the new media and performance artistic and designer platform PSE (Provisonal Salta Ensemble).

Prof. Dr. Panayiota Pyla is an architectural historian and theorist, and Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, University of Cyprus.  She is also the director of Mesarch, a research lab focusing on the history and theory of modern architecture. Previously, she taught at the University of Illinois and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Design School. Pyla holds a Ph.D. in History-Theory of Architecture and Urbanism from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Architectural Studies also from MIT, where she received the Outstanding Graduating Student Award. Among her works is the edited volume, Landscapes of Development: The Impact of Modernization Discourses on the Physical Environment of the Eastern Mediterranean; and in 2017, she co-organized the annual Thematic Conference of the European Architectural History Network, titled Histories in Conflict.