The cradle of the Bauhaus is located in Thuringia. Traces, companions and precursors to the Bauhaus cannot only be found in Weimar, where the Bauhaus originates – they can also be found from Gera to Dornburg and from Jena to Probstzella.

Bauhaus University, Weimar, 2011, photo: Christoph Petras. Bauhaus Kooperation Berlin Dessau Weimar.
Bauhaus University, Weimar, 2011, photo: Christoph Petras. Bauhaus Kooperation Berlin Dessau Weimar.

As the Bauhaus’ first place of activity, Weimar is a central location for the Centenary 2019 from where many activities emanate. Henry van de Velde built the studio building of the School of Art and the School of Arts and Crafts in Weimar, which Walter Gropius consolidated as the Bauhaus in 1919. 

Thuringia offers a multitude of travel destinations that follow in the footsteps of the Bauhaus and modernism. The Schulenburg mansion in Gera (Henry van de Velde, 1913-1914) is one of the architect’s few synthesis of the art projects that has been preserved. Henry van de Velde was also engaged in the Bürgeler workshops, whereupon the city became a centre for art nouveau ceramics.

The former Bauhaus pottery workshop in Dornburg was established by Walter Gropius in 1920. The premises of the former Bauhaus pottery workshop are also in use as workshop today. The entire interior decoration for the “People’s House” in Probstzella was designed in the Bauhaus workshops. Today it houses a hotel and restaurant.

Pottery, Dornburg Saale, 2011, photo: Christoph Petras. Bauhaus Kooperation Berlin Dessau Weimar.
Pottery, Dornburg Saale, 2011, photo: Christoph Petras. Bauhaus Kooperation Berlin Dessau Weimar.

Visiting modernism

Bauhaus University Weimar
former studio building of the School of Art and School of Arts and Crafts
UNESCO World Heritage, architect: Henry van der Velde (1904–11)
Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 8, 99423 Weimar 

Haus Am Horn 
UNESCO World Heritage, architects: Georg Muche and Baubüro Walter Gropius (1922/23)
Am Horn 61, 99425 Weimar

Haus Hohe Pappeln 
Architect: Henry van de Velde (1907/08)
Belvederer Allee 58, 99425 Weimar 

Bauhaus Museum in Weimar 
until November 2017: Theaterplatz 1, 99423 Weimar 
from April, 2019: Stéphane-Hessel-Platz 1, 99423 Weimar

Haus Neufert 
Architect: Ernst Neufert (1929)
Rudolstädter Straße 7, 99428 Weimar 

Dorfkirche Gelmeroda (Parish church) 
99428 Weimar (Gelmeroda)

Henry-van-de-Velde-Museum / Haus Schulenburg Gera
architecture and interior design: Henry van de Velde (1913/14)
Straße des Friedens 120, 07548 Gera

Ceramics Museum Bürgel
Am Kirchplatz 2, 07616 Bürgel

Bauhaus Ceramics Workshop
Max-Krehan-Straße 1, 07774 Dornburg

 

Haus Am Horn, architecture: Georg Muche, 1923 / photo: Christoph Petras, 2011. Bauhaus Kooperation Berlin Dessau Weimar.
Haus Am Horn, architecture: Georg Muche, 1923 / photo: Christoph Petras, 2011. Bauhaus Kooperation Berlin Dessau Weimar.

Experiencing modernism

The Federal State of Thuringia is preparing a variety of contributions for the Bauhaus Centenary, for example:

Ceremonial Act: centenary of the foundation of the Bauhaus
April 2019
Weimar 

“Bauhaus comes from Weimar”
bauhaus museum weimar
beginning on April 6, 2019

The Klassik Stiftung Weimar will open a new museum for the centenary in Weimar, the place where the Bauhaus School was founded. Beginning on April 6, 2019, the contemporary architecture and multi-media exhibition design of the Bauhaus Museum Weimar will provide more than just a new exhibition setting for the world’s oldest Bauhaus collection. The new museum building will also link Weimar Bauhaus history with ways of life today and in the future. As a space open for meetings and discussion in a newly-created Weimar Modernism quarter, it will provide a contemporary perspective on the ambivalent history of the influence of Modernism from its beginnings up to the present day.

More on the activities and the Federal State’s connections to the Bauhaus can be found here.