Facing the challenges of industrialization and urban life in the 20th century, the Bauhaus aimed to overcome the separation between art and craftsmanship. In order to create a modern type of human beings and shape their surroundings, architecture became the Bauhaus’s epitome of the total artwork, synthesizing all forms of creative expression. Within its only 14 years of existence the Bauhaus shaped a whole generation of imaginative minds who initiated radical paradigm shifts in art and culture that still prevail today. How could the Bauhaus achieve to set free this enormous creative potential within such a short amount of time, even though it had to navigate many economic and political pitfalls?
The Goethe-Institute Tokyo’s project Bauhaus Open-end focusses on the young generation of artists who used the Bauhaus to relentlessly realize their experiments. Thus, the program will feature the contributions of students of several German and Japanese academies and universities who are now the same age as their famous predecessors. The program of Bauhaus Open-End will present surprising reinterpretations of the German art school’s concepts by students who are currently in training for jobs in the creative sector, and will challenge the myths surrounding the Bauhaus with the help of the latest research findings.