How we celebrate International Women’s Day in BauhausLand Women in the movement: Discover who they were and what they did

When an exhibition by Bauhaus artist opened in London recently, art critics gave the show five stars. Albers’ , wall-hangings and “pictorial ” were a revelation. But she was not the only female artist in the Bauhaus. Now, as the world marks the 100th birthday of this revolutionary design movement, the contributions of its women designers are in the spot- light. In BauhausLand (the German federal states of Thuringia and Saxony- Anhalt), women, such as Albers, Gertrud Arndt and are being celebrated. And, a couple of hours to the north, Berlin, another Bauhaus hotspot, has declared International Women's Day (March 8) to be an official public holiday.

Anni Albers: Master of Textiles When created the Bauhaus school in in 1919, every- one was welcome “without regard to age or sex.” In fact, more women than men applied! Anni Albers studied and went on to be a brilliant and influential designer. After fleeing , she based herself at Black Mountain College in Asheville, North Carolina, USA.

Gunta Stölzl: Designer, teacher and producer Albers had studied under Gunta Stölzl. She was the head of the Bauhaus weaving department and one of only six women in the 45-strong faculty. Stölzl transformed her students into a full-on, professional, industrial design unit. For example, they designed and wove the blankets for the beds in ’s stu- dent dorm. The Foundation has a fine collection of Stölzl’s textiles.

The „Bauhaus Girls“: Innovation in art and design One of the earliest iconic Bauhaus designs is the teapot designed by Marianne Brandt. Her creations, from coffee sets to the “Kandem” bedside TourComm Germany lamp, not only looked stylish, but also sold well. In the early 1930s, photogra- Olbrichtstr. 21 pher Gertrud Arndt took striking self-portraits. Often, she would put on 69469 Weinheim Germany masks, veils or hats for what were, arguably, the world’s first “selfies.” These two artists, along with ceramicist Margaret Heymann and graphic design- Your Press Contact: Mrs. Andrea Daniele er/weaver Margaretha Reichardt are celebrated in the “Bauhaus Girls” exhi- Phone: +49 (0) 30 549094 57 bition at the Angermuseum in (24th March-16th June). Nearby, in the Fax: +49 (0) 6201 60208-29 [email protected] Margaretha Reichardt House, you can watch weaving demonstrations on the www.gobauhaus.com hand that Reichardt herself once used.

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Bauhaus women: Spreading the message Investment and Marketing Cooperation Saxony-Anhalt In Halle (Saale), designer-weaver Benita Koch-Otte put the Burg Giebichen- Germany, Federal State of Saxony- Anhalt stein University of Art and Design on the map. Today the “Burg” is still one of www.bauhaus-entdecken.de/en Germany’s leading-edge art colleges. These pioneering women not only influ- Thuringia Tourist Board enced academic thought, they also influenced fashion. In Magdeburg, the Germany, Free State of Thuringia www.bauhaus.visit-thuringia.com Hairdressing Museum has a special exhibition focusing on the “Bubikopf,” the Part-financed by European Commission European Regional Development Fond INVESTING IN YOUR FUTURE

short “bob” hairstyle that was so popular in the Roaring Twenties (opens 9th March).

Bauhaus creativity: Celebrating the women designers This year, two exciting brand-new museums open as part of the Bauhaus cen- tenary: the (from April) and the Bauhaus Muse- um Dessau (from September). On show will be contributions by even more outstanding “Bauhaus women”, with sculptures by Ilse Fehling, ceramics by Marguerite Friedländer-Wildenhain and children’s furniture and toys de- signed by Alma Siedhoff-Buscher. In fact, one of the most popular souvenirs at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation gift shop is the "Little Shipbuilding Game" that Siedhoff-Buscher created back in 1923!

MONEY & TIME SAVING TIPS Exploring BauhausLand is easy with special cards that provide discounts on admission to major attractions. Use the WelterbeCard in the Heritage Region around Dessau and, in Thuringia, the Weimar Card, Thuringia Card and, new this year, BauhausCard 2019.

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