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Your guide to the events marking 100 years of Bauhaus in Germany

Beginning in Berlin Wednesday, organizations across Germany are hosting events and exhibitions to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus art school. The event programme spans the entire year and will be, much like the strategy of founder Walter Gropius, all-encompassing.

Your guide to the events marking 100 years of Bauhaus in Germany
Souvenirs from the Bauhaus 100 press conference in October 2018. Photo: DPA

The Bauhaus centenary programme is “experimental, multifarious, transnational and radically contemporary,” the Bauhaus Association states.

This year’s celebrations will also include additions to Germany’s museum landscape. In April, the Bauhaus Museum Weimar will re-open and, in September, the new Bauhaus Museum Dessau will open its doors for the first time.

Also, because of the Bauhaus celebrations, publications like Smithsonian and Lonely Planet have placed Germany as one of their top destinations to explore this year.

SEE ALSO: Why Germany is one of Lonely Planet's top destinations to visit next year

The Federal Ministry of Culture and the Media (BKM) and the Federal Cultural Foundation are providing approximately 21 million for the programme comprising more than 700 events in Germany, according to a BKM statement. 

“[The programme] offers a great opportunity to inspire many people for the ideas of the Bauhaus and to show how relevant the ideas of the 'Bauhausers' are for a cosmopolitan and liberal society to this day,” Culture Minister Monika Grütters says in the statement. 

While communities worldwide will bid Happy Birthday to the Bauhaus movement in 2019, here is just a sampling of the events, exhibitions, and projects planned in Germany.

For the complete year-long programme, visit: Bauhaus 100 Programme.

SEE ALSO: 'Rethinking the World': Bauhaus celebrates 100 years

January 16-24th, 2019

100 Years: Opening Festival

Akadamie der Künste, Berlin

Festival patron and Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will give a ceremonial address on opening day at the Akadamie der Künste, but the nine-day long festival will feature 25 performances and more than 100 artists. Also on opening night, German jazz pianist and composer Michael Wollny will present BAU.HAUS.KLANG.

August 17th, 2018 – February 5th, 2019

Successor of the Bauhaus – Two Generations of Artists in East Germany

Henry-van-de-Velde-Museum, Haus Schulenburg, Gera

This exhibition focuses on the Bauhaus influence throughout Germany during the post-war years as the country grappled with the effects of Nazism and Communism.

November 9th, 2018 – March 10th, 2019

Bauhaus and America: Experiments in Light and Movement

LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Münster

This exhibition looks at light and movement through artists who, after Nazi pressure closed the Bauhaus school, emigrated to America.

March 15th, 2019 – June 10th, 2019

bauhaus imaginista: Still Undead

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

bauhaus imaginista, an international research project, will open its exhibition in Berlin in March and feature a series of events focusing on the global impact and relationships of the Bauhaus movement.

April 6th, 2019

Re-opening

Bauhaus Museum Weimar

After a three-year construction period, the Bauhaus Museum Weimar will reopen its doors in the Bauhaus birthplace.

April 7th, 2019 – January 5th, 2020

Design for Life – Bauhaus Design in the GDR

Dokumentationszentrum Alltagskultur der DDR, Eisenhüttenstadt

Using everyday items from former East Germany, this exhibit looks at the connection between attitudes towards Bauhaus there and the political developments from the time.

June 30th, 2019 – October 27th, 2019

Printing Arts 1919: The Bauhaus and Its Precursors in the Graphic Arts Industry

Museum für Druckkunst Leipzig

The exhibition – featuring posters, advertisements, magazines, books, and type faces — explores innovative post-World War I years of the printing industry and its influence on modern design, like Bauhaus.

August 31st, 2019 – September 8th, 2019

Bauhauswoche Berlin

Various locations in Berlin

Various outdoor events and store-fronts exhibitions will relay the Bauhaus’s history and impact during the week-long festival organized by Kulturprojekte Berlin.

September 8th, 2019

Bauhaus Museum Dessau

Holding the second largest collection of the Bauhaus movement in the world, the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation is opening a museum later this year to showcase its 49,000 catalogued exhibits.

September 26th, 2019 – October 10th, 2019

Triennale der Moderne

Various locations in Weimar, Dessau, and Berlin

Over three consecutive weekends, the Triennale der Moderne will host tours, talks, and special events at the Germany’s three Bauhaus UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Weimar, Dessau, and Berlin.

Yearlong

The Grand Tour of Modernism

Various locations throughout Germany

The Grand Tour of Modernism encourages visitors to explore sites of Bauhaus and modernism beyond Weimar, Dessau, and Berlin. “The Grand Tour of Modernism links significant and accessible buildings to guide visitors through one hundred years of the history of modern architecture from 1900 to 2000. Their broad spectrum spans individual buildings and settlements, icons and objects of debate, key buildings and unknown works,” the German project’s website reads.

Additional ways to celebrate the Bauhaus centenary

Stay overnight at the Bauhaus studio building in Dessau: From January onwards, Bauhaus enthusiasts can skip a traditional hotel stay in favor of one at the studio building in Dessau. Studios have been recreated in “meticulous detail” to mirror the floorplan and aesthetic of former inhabitants during the 1920s.

Visit a mini-clone of the Bauhaus workshop wing: The “Wohnmaschine,” a miniature version of the workshop wing of the Bauhaus building in Dessau, will visit Dessau and Berlin.  

 

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Eight online events in Germany not to miss in February 2021

With tougher Covid-19 restrictions now in place in Germany, travelling and socialising have become increasingly limited. So we’ve compiled a list of fun events for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home!

Eight online events in Germany not to miss in February 2021
The entrance to Berlin's Alte Nationalgallerie. Photo: DPA

Here are some events and ongoing activities to look out for in February.

Berlin Philharmonic returns to the 1920s, Saturday, February 13th 2021 at 6:45pm

Berliner Philharmoniker is streaming the 1920s First Symphony Opera, one of German composer Kurt Weill’s early performances. 

As described by the orchestra, this piece’s music is “captivating and triumphant”. The music was composed in 1927 and its story takes place in ancient Greece. 

Final Girls Film Festival, February 4th at 1pm to February 8th at 11:59pm

Final Girls Berlin Film Festival showcases horror cinema that’s directed, written, or produced by women and non-binary filmmakers. 

The festival is committed to creating space for female voices and visions, whether monstrous, heroic or some messy combination of the two, in the horror genre.

Berliner Festspiele, Strong Pieces Stream, Until March 

Berliner Festspiele is showing two of their top picks.

“The Misanthrope” is a Molière’s classic staged by Anne Lenk, and translated by Jürgen Gosch and Wolfgang Wiens. It’s been called a straightforward delight with an exceptional concentration of language and wit. 

And “Man appears in the Holocene” is staged by Alexander Giesches after Max Frisch’s novella about mankind’s Sisyphus-struggle against their own doom.

König Gallerie, 'Dreaming of Alligator Head' by Claudia Comte, January 21st 2021- January 12th 2022

With her digital solo exhibition Dreaming of Alligator Head, Comte creates a scenario that is impossible in reality: She plants her underwater sculpture park in the König Gallerie app. The digital visitors inside experience a fascinating underwater world without having to go on a physical journey. 

Comte also seeks to raise awareness of marine environments and ask how an artistic object can change the world. Check out the exhibition on the König Gallerie app. 

Galerie Tanja Wagner, How to be human, until February 13th 2021 

Celebrating 10 years of the opening of her contemporary art gallery, Tanja Wagner’s exhibition, How to Be Human showcases her personal favourite works of artists she has collaborated with.

It includes Grit Richter’s famous work, Das Letzte Wort, as well as other works that in Wagner’s opinion, seek to explore the question ’How to Be Human’. 

Alte Nationalgalerie Online, until further notice

The Alte Nationalgalerie was set up as a “sanctuary for art and science”. The idea for a national gallery was realised after the donation of a collection of paintings by Caspar David Friedrich to the Prussian state. 

Since Covid-19 has made it difficult to visit the otherwise very popular museum, the gallery has made its collection available online until further notice. 

Naturkundemuseum Berlin, Beats and Bones Podcast and Livestream, Mondays at 7pm, until further notice 

Berlin’s Naturkundemuseum is offering a podcast series where nature experts from the museum answer questions about the diversity of nature, evolution, the formation of the earth, climate change and insect death.

They explore questions such as “Who knows our earliest ancestors were 480 million-year-old jawless fish?” Or, ‘What is the Achilles heel of Tyrannosaurus rex’? 

Catch new episodes every Monday on Instagram, along with a live stream through the museum with experts accompanying you through the collection and exhibition. The previous episodes are available on Spotify as well as Youtube. 

Anne Frank Zentrum, All about Anne, until further notice 

The Anne Frank Zentrum's exhibition “All about Anne” is normally presented at Hackescher Markt in Berlin-Mitte. Since lockdown, the exhibition has been made available online. 

Its exhibition tells the story of Anne Frank's life and the time in which she lived. It also explains why her diary is so well-known today and shows that her thoughts are still relevant. 

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