In 2019, Germany will be celebrating the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus, together with partners worldwide. Founded in Weimar in 1919, relocated to Dessau in 1925 and closed in Berlin under pressure from the Nazis in 1933, the school of design only existed for a total of 14 years. All the same, the legendary Bauhaus – School of Design has continued to have a lasting effect up until the present day. It is considered the most effective export of 20th century German culture.

Logo 100 years of bauhaus.
Logo 100 years of bauhaus.

The great Centenary will be celebrated in 2019 in true Bauhaus tradition: experimentally, multifariously, transnationally and radically contemporary. The Centenary programme „100 years of bauhaus“ sets the scene. Under the motto „Die Welt neu denken“ (“re-considering the world”) the Bauhaus Association 2019 together with regional, national and international partners facilitates the re-discovering of the Bauhaus’ historical testimonies as well as its importance for the present and the future.

The Bauhaus was a living college of ideas and a realm of experimentation. New territory off the beaten track was explored there with insatiable curiosity. Things were tried out, produced, sketched and investigated. Learning and experimentation took place using real materials and in real life – and this involved nothing less than revolutionising everyday life, housing and social coexistence. Issues that are as up to date and relevant today as they were 100 years ago.

With its universal design methods – elementary in terms of formal language, comprehensible and accessible to all – the Bauhaus represents a tremendous idea, shared interdisciplinary design, an unconditional quest for utopias, opportunities and inspiration around the world. The international historical influence of the Bauhaus is also full of ambiguities and contradictions. It offers abundant material for controversies that touch both our understanding of classic modernism as well as our present and future way of working and living.

Bauhaus Party at the Ilmschlößchen Tavern near Weimar, photo: Louis Held or Irene Beyer, 1924. Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Fotothek.
Bauhaus Party at the Ilmschlößchen Tavern near Weimar, photo: Louis Held or Irene Beyer, 1924. Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Fotothek.