The bauhaus imaginista series of exhibitions and events highlights the impact and reception of the Bauhaus in the context of major twentieth-century geopolitical changes.

University of Ife in Ile-Ife, Nigeria; architects: Arieh Sharon, Eldar Sharon and Harlod Rubin / Photo: © Arieh Sharon digital archive
University of Ife in Ile-Ife, Nigeria; architects: Arieh Sharon, Eldar Sharon and Harlod Rubin / Photo: © Arieh Sharon digital archive

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. The exhibitions are organized together with the local Goethe- Instituts and complemented by events such as workshops and symposia in India, the United States, Morocco, and Nigeria. From March to June 2019, Bauhaus Imaginista will be united under one roof for a comprehensive overview at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin.

The curators and artistic directors of bauhaus imaginista Marion von Osten and Grant Watson are developing the project in cooperation with a team of international researchers, artists and designers. bauhaus imaginista focuses on reciprocal dialogue and exchange between the Bauhaus, its students and teachers with non-European Modernisms. The Bauhaus pedagogy and design practice spread worldwide throughout a network, integrated and developed into diverse social and cultural contexts. It corresponded with local art and design movements as well as with processes of decolonization. For the first time on this scale, bauhaus imaginista explores the global history of the Bauhaus, the effects of which continue to this day.

bauhaus imaginista is a collaboration between the Bauhaus Cooperation
 Berlin Dessau Weimar, the Goethe-Institut and Haus der Kulturen der Welt. The research project with its different exhibition stations is taking place for
the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus. It will be enhanced with international perspectives of the Goethe-Institutes and tied together as part
 of ”100 Years of Now“ in Berlin at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. bauhaus imaginista is made possible by funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. The German Federal Cultural Foundation is supporting the exhibition in Berlin and the German Foreign Office the stations abroad.

Media partners are 3sat and Deutschlandfunk Kultur. Partners abroad are the Goethe-Instituts in China, New Delhi, Lagos, Moscow, New York, Rabat, São Paulo, and Tokyo as well as Le Cube – independent art room (Rabat) and other institutions. Bauhaus Imaginista is realized in collaboration with the China Design Museum (Hangzhou), the Independent Administrative Institution of National Museum of Art / The National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow) and SESC São Paulo.


Chronological Overview of the Year

March 23 & 24, 2018
Panel discussion and workshop
bauhaus imaginista: Learning From
Le Cube – independent art room (Rabat) and Goethe-Institut Rabat (Morocco)

April 8 – July 8, 2018
bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away
China Design Museum, Hangzhou (China)

April 9 – 10, 2018
Workshop and symposium
bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away
Goethe-Institut China

June 7, 8 & 9, 2018
Workshop and symposium
bauhaus imaginista: Learning From
Goethe-Institut New York, USA

August 4 – October 8, 2018
bauhaus imaginista: Correspondence
National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto (Japan)

August 5, 2018
Goethe-Institut Tokyo (Japan)

September 11 – November 30, 2018
bauhaus imaginista: Moving Away: The Internationalist Architect
Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow (Russia)

Public program
Goethe-Institut Moscow (Russia)

October 24, 2018 – January 10, 2019
bauhaus imaginista: Learning From
SESC Pompéia São Paulo (Brazil)

Public program
Goethe-Institut São Paulo (Brazil)

24 & 25 November, 2018
Film screening and symposium
bauhaus imaginista: Designing Life
Goethe-Institut Lagos and partner institutions, Nigeria

30 November & 1 December, 2018
International conference
bauhaus imaginista: Corresponding With
Goethe-Institut New Delhi and institutional partners (India)

March 15 – June 9, 2019
Opening March 14
bauhaus imaginista / bauhaus imaginista: Undead
Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (Germany)