Bauhaus Museum Dessau
(en) 1 ) Opening 2019
1 Every year 100,000 visitors from all over the world come to the Bauhaus Dessau to see the UNESCO World Heritage site. With the opening of the Bauhaus Museum Dessau in 2019, visitors will be able to see a compre- hensive display of the Bauhaus Des- sau Foundation’s unique collection for the very first time.
The museum, designed by up-and- coming addenda architects (González Hinz Zabala) of Barcelona, is currently under construction in the centre of Dessau. The prizewinning design was chosen in 2015 from 831 entries to an open international architecture compe- tition. The architects’ concept envisag- es a transparent structure with a Black
2 Box for the presentation of the collec- tion seemingly suspended inside it on the top floor and an Open Stage as platform for contemporary statements and temporary exhibitions on the ground floor.
The world’s second-largest Bauhaus collection comprises more than 40,000 exhibits including architectural draw- ings, photographs, graphics, paintings and stage works as well as objects from everyday life such as furniture, lamps, tableware, textiles or advertis- ing graphics.
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“Versuchsstätte Bauhaus. The Collection.”
6 Utopia and everyday life: after the First World War the Bauhauslers sought methods of shap- ing and designing the new, modern way of living. Whether typefaces, furniture, textiles, wallpapers or buildings, the modern culture of everyday life that we take for granted today was forged in Dessau during this period.
The Dessau collection is distinctive: its exhibits and objects tell the story of teaching and learn- ing, free design and the development of indus- trial prototypes, artistic experiment and en- gagement with the marketplace at the to-date unparalleled school of design.
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Con- temporary Positions
10 “First we seek contact with material…” stated Josef Albers, looking back at his pedagogical work at the Bauhaus. In his preliminary course, Con- students worked freely with all kinds of materi- als in order to develop a new approach to form and design.
This open-minded interpretation of art was one temporary of Walter Gropius’s core ideas when he found- ed the Bauhaus. Today, almost 100 years later, transdisciplinary work is common practice for artists, architects and designers.
Positions The ground floor of the new Bauhaus Museum Dessau is conceived as an Open Stage for contemporary positions in art. It will open with the lighting installation Light / Play / House by New York-based artist Lucy Raven as well as an installation by Rita McBride (invited).
11 Visit us dine in the Bauhaus canteen or stay over- In 2019, Germany will night in the Studio celebrate the centenary Building and, in doing of the founding of the so, gain insight into the Bauhaus. In Dessau, lives of the Bauhaus the centenary is com- lers. memorated by the opening of the new Visit Bauhaus Museum Daily 10 am to 5 pm Dessau. The exhibition explores and explains Accommodation how the Bauhaus ob- All year round in jects came to be indis- the Studio Building / pensable parts of our Prellerhaus everyday lives today.
Together with the Bau- haus Buildings, a visit to Dessau provides the world’s only opportunity to delve into the whole of the Bauhaus culture. Only here can one visit the original locations,
12 Bauhaus 100 Picture credits Everything about the centenary and its programme at the 1 ) Bauhaus is available online. Model of the Bauhaus Museum Dessau, de- bauhaus-dessau.de sign: addenda archi- tects (González Hinz Facebook Zabala), Barcelona / Instagram Bauhaus Dessau Twitter Foundation, photo: Youtube Yakob Willmington-Lu
Bauhaus Dessau Foundation 2 ) Dr. Claudia Perren, Director Bauhaus Museum Gropiusallee 38, Dessau, winning 06846 design by addenda Dessau-Roßlau architects (González Germany Hinz Zabala), Barcelo- na, 2015 / Bauhaus Status as of Dessau Foundation / February 2018 addenda architects (González Hinz Zabala)
Woman in Club chair B3 (Lis Beyer or Ise Gropius) by Marcel Breuer, mask by Oskar Schlemmer, dress by Lis Beyer / Bauhaus Dessau Foundation (I 46144/1- 2) / Klassik Stiftung Weimar, Bauhaus Museum (permanent private loan) / © (Erich Consemüller) Stephan Consemüller
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Bauhaus 100 Picture credits 5 ) 9 ) Everything about the centenary and its Historical Employment Houses with Balcony programme at the 1 ) Office, architect Wal- Access, architect Bauhaus is available ter Gropius (1928-29), Hannes Meyer (1929- online. Klaus Hertig, Bauhaus interior view of hall- 30), 2010 / Bauhaus Building Dessau, way, Dessau, 2010 / Dessau Foundation, bauhaus-dessau.de architect Walter Bauhaus Dessau photo: Tadashi Okochi Gropius, southwest Foundation / photo: © Pen Magazine Facebook view, 1926 / 1927, Roland Zschuppe / © Instagram Bauhaus Dessau (Walter Gropius) VG Twitter Foundation (I 46030) Bild-Kunst Bonn 2018 Youtube 2 ) 6 )
Masters’ Houses Dessau-Törten Hous- Bauhaus Dessau Dessau, architect: ing Estate, Konsum Foundation Walter Gropius (1925- Building, architect Dr. Claudia Perren, 26), outside view, Walter Gropius (1928), Director 2011 / Bauhaus 2011 / Bauhaus Gropiusallee 38, Dessau Foundation / Dessau Foundation / 06846 photo: Christoph photo: Christoph Dessau-Roßlau Petras Petras Germany 3 ) 7 ) Status as of February 2018 New Masters’ Houses Dessau-Törten Hous- (House Gropius and ing Estate, House Master House Sietö 1, House Anton, Moholy-Nagy), Bruno architect Walter Fioretti Marquez Gropius (1926), 2012 / architects (2010- Bauhaus Dessau 2014), Berlin, 2015 / Foundation / photo: Bauhaus Dessau Sebastian Gündel Foundation/ photo: Doreen Ritzau 8 )
4 ) Steel House in the Dessau-Törten Hous- Kornhaus Dessau, ing Estate, architects: restaurant on the Georg Muche and bank of the Elbe river, Richard Paulick 2018 / Bauhaus (1926-27), 2017 / Dessau Foundation/ Bauhaus Dessau photo: Yakob Foundation / photo: Willmington-Lu Thomas Meyer / OSTKREUZ
Institutionally funded by Visit us haus Museum Dessau, a visit to Dessau pro- In 2019, Germany will vides the world’s only celebrate the centenary opportunity to delve of the founding of the into the whole of the Bauhaus. In Dessau, Bauhaus culture. Only the centenary has in- here can one visit the spired a new curatorial original locations, dine concept for the Bau- in the Bauhaus canteen haus buildings. For the or stay overnight in the very first time, this will Studio Building and, also convey a compre- in doing so, gain insight hensive picture of the into the lives of the connections between Bauhauslers. the buildings and the lives and work of their Visit occupants. Here, visi- Daily 10 am to 5 pm tors will be able to discover the Bauhaus’s Accommodation experimental, radical All year round in the and utopian approach Studio Building / to architecture as ap- Prellerhaus plied design for a new, modern way of living. Together with the Bau-
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5 ) 3 ) 2 ) The Bauhaus buildings 1 Bauhaus Building 2 Masters’ Houses and New Masters’ Houses 3 Kornhaus restaurant 4 Bauhaus Museum Dessau (from 2019) 5 Historic Employment Office 6 Dessau-Törten Housing Estate 7 Konsum Building 8 Houses with Balcony Access 9 Steel House 10 Fieger House
1 ) the Masters’ Houses, these include the Dessau-Törten Housing Estate with the three housing types Sietö I, II and IV (1926-1928), the Steel House (1926/27), the Konsum Building (1928) and Hannes Meyer’s Houses with Bal- cony Access (1930). Other architectur- al works of note in Dessau include the historic Employment Office by Walter Gropius (1929) and the Kornhaus res- taurant by Carl Fieger (1930), situated by the Elbe river.
The Bauhaus in Dessau has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996.
3 Dessau is the city most closely associ- ated with the Bauhaus. This is where the school of design founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar in 1919 was active for the longest period of time, and where it experienced its heyday from 1925 to 1932. All three directors of the Bauhaus – Walter Gropius, Hannes Meyer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe – lived and worked in Dessau. And virtually all the Bauhaus buildings which were built in Dessau and which can still be visited today are regarded as modernist icons.
Dessau has more original Bauhaus buildings than any other city worldwide. Every building is in itself a prototype. In addition to the Bauhaus Building and
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