In 2017, three big exhibitions will be shown at the Bauhaus institutions in Berlin, Dessau and Weimar, which already refer to the Bauhaus centenary 2019.

Weimar 1919. The architect Walter Gropius founded the Staatliches Bauhaus, a school of design that would become the symbol of modernism in Germany. For fourteen years–at first in Weimar, as of 1925 in Dessau, and from 1932 until its closure in 1933 in Berlin–it brought together masters of the avant-garde and students, artists, and craftsmen in order to enable them to collectively design the world of tomorrow. In 2019, Germany celebrates 100 years of Bauhaus. The centenary year is being organized and supported by the strong community of the Bauhaus Association 2019.

With this association, the German Federal Government – represented by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Federal Cultural Foundation – together with the federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Berlin, Brandenburg, Hesse, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia, as well as the Bauhaus institutions in Berlin, Dessau and Weimar that maintain collections, have joined forces to ensure that the celebration of the founding of the Bauhaus 100 years ago will be a cultural highlight with international resonance.

Two years before the great centenary, the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, the Klassik Stiftung Weimar and the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung in Berlin are staging three Bauhaus exhibitions that serve as a prologue en route to the big 100. The topics of these exhibitions are the characteristic field of conflict between craft and industrial production at the Bauhaus institutions in Weimar and Dessau, and the continued influence of Bauhaus teachings, as exemplified by photography at the New Bauhaus in Chicago.

With its universal means, the Bauhaus is seen worldwide as standing for collective, interdisciplinary design, for the unconditional search for utopias, opportunities and inspirations. The Bauhausler were concerned with nothing less than the success of living together in a rapidly changing world, a concern that is as relevant today as it was 100 years ago.

En route to the Bauhaus Centenary (e-book download)

In our new prelude flyer you will find information about the prologue exhibition in Dessau, Weimar and Berlin to the Bauhaus Centenary 2019.

Josef Albers, ti244 © The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017, Photo: Christian Hagemann, Gestaltung Herburg Weiland.
Josef Albers, ti244 © The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017, Photo: Christian Hagemann, Gestaltung Herburg Weiland.

Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

Exhibtion: „Craft becomes Modern. The Bauhaus in the Making
Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau
13 April 2017 – 7 January 2018

In the exhibition, contemporary positions in design that conceptualise craft as critical design praxis enter into a dialogue with modern craft at the Bauhaus. The exhibition will be shown in the framework of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation’s annual theme “Substance”.

German sculptor Gerhard Marcks (1889 - 1981) poses for a portrait in his studio, New York, photo: Arnold Newman, 1950 / Arnold Newman Collection, Getty Images
German sculptor Gerhard Marcks (1889 - 1981) poses for a portrait in his studio, New York, photo: Arnold Newman, 1950 / Arnold Newman Collection, Getty Images

Klassik Stiftung Weimar

Exhibition: „Paths from the Bauhaus. Gerhard Marcks and his Circle of Friends
Klassik Stiftung Weimar
17. August – 5. November 2017

This exhibition is the first ever to examine this extraordinary group of artists and to offer a new and surprising look at the Bauhaus outside of industry and classification.

Untitled (Kegel auf Streifengrund), 1939, print 1970s. Photo: György Kepes, © Juliet Kepes-Stone / Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin.
Untitled (Kegel auf Streifengrund), 1939, print 1970s. Photo: György Kepes, © Juliet Kepes-Stone / Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin.

Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin 

Exhibition: „New Bauhaus Chicago: Experiment Photography and Film“
Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin
15 November 2017 – 5 March 2018

The holdings of the Bauhaus-Archiv photography collection relating to the New Bauhaus and the Institute of Design which emerged from it and still exists today are unique outside of the USA.

Nathan Lerner, Eye on Nails, 1940. Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin. © Kiyoko Lerner.
Nathan Lerner, Eye on Nails, 1940. Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin. © Kiyoko Lerner.