The Bauhaus Archive Berlin / Museum of Design invites experts from science, art, design and architecture to critical discourse in the Akademie der Künste.

The event takes a critical look at the Bauhaus and its ideas of artistic and social renewal and raises questions about its topicality and relevance today. It engages with the opportunities and aspirations of the Bauhaus centenary that seeks to provide new impetuses, forge identity and reinvigorate the Bauhaus brand. At the same time, it addresses the centenary's goal of triggering an enduring development that will be manifested in the new Bauhaus museums.

I. The Bauhaus as a resource and historical subject – 10 am - 12 am

The panel discussion scrutinizes the Bauhaus and its contemporary cultural and social significance in the light of current challenges. It will also look at the reasons for the Bauhaus' continuing topicality and relevance and consider why, in contrast, further conceptual development of the Bauhaus mindset is impossible. As a school of architecture, art and design, the Bauhaus remains exemplary and impactful to this day, with its innovative pedagogical approach and a design aspiration that seeks to transform society as well as people's lives and everyday reality. Yet on the other hand an awareness has emerged that nowadays different notions of technology and renewal need to be developed and that widespread conceptions of the Bauhaus and modernity cannot hold their own in the face of historical reality. What does that insight signify for the way in which we approach the Bauhaus and in particular for the work of the Bauhaus museums?
With: Christian Benimana (invited), Annemarie Jaeggi, Mpho Matsipa, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung (invited), Anh-Linh Ngo, Philipp Oswalt, Alice Rawsthorne
Moderated by: Jörg Häntzschel, Süddeutsche Zeitung


II. The Bauhaus centenary as a source of inspiration, a means of forging identity and a driving force for brand renewal – 1.30 - 3.30 pm

In the context of the Bauhaus centenary, the Bauhaus is viewed as generating both cultural and economic energy. At which points do the interests, objectives and strategies of politics, business, culture and science interface? In which respects do competition and conflicts of interest arise when it comes to shaping images of the Bauhaus and engaging with it – also as a relic of the opposition between East and West? How can the political goal of fostering the Bauhaus' impact as a source of inspiration and a means of forging identity be transposed in a multicultural society? Will the centenary manage to expand or change the general conceptual content of "Bauhaus", often associated with a clichéd notion of "Bauhaus style" or "lifestyle", in order to steer it towards issues that remain as relevant as ever today: the Bauhaus as a school for architecture, art and design, combining research, teaching and practice with an innovative educational concept and a design vision grounded in social concerns? Which preconditions would make it possible to consider redefining the brand or brand innovation?
With: Thomas Flierl, Wolfgang Holler, Mathias Illgen, Michael Schmidt, Klaus Siebenhaar, Daniel Tyradellis
Moderated by: Kolja Reichert, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung


III. The centenary as a driving force, setting the pace for an enduring development // 4 pm - 6 pm

Against the backdrop of the three new museum buildings in Berlin, Dessau, and Weimar, as well as the launch of the German Federal Cultural Foundation's Bauhaus Agents Program and other projects directed to the future, the centenary is conceived as a driving force, setting the pace for an enduring development. How can we awaken sustainable interest in the Bauhaus among young people and win over new target groups in the local community? Which images of the Bauhaus will the exhibitions "original bauhaus", “Bauhaus Lab. The Collection", “bauhaus imaginista" and "Making Futures Bauhaus+" produce and which of the ensuing impetuses will be picked up by the new Bauhaus museums? What role will be played by the Bauhaus as a school with the goal of changing society and improving people's lives? Will the transnational and transcultural exchange-driven relationships examined in the "bauhaus imaginista" exhibition filter through into the museums? Will these relationships give rise to new forms of contemporary and future cooperation?
With: Markus Bader, Nikolaus Bernau, Jan Boelen (invited), Marion von Osten, Claudia Perren, Nina Wiedemeyer, Friederike ZobelModerated by: Jörg Häntzschel, Süddeutsche Zeitung

 

Concept: Dr. Andrea Bärnreuther Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung