Written by Thomas Stellmach

Bauhaus. A Conceptual Model

Bauhaus. A Conceptual Model by Thomas Stellmach

20_Gropius_1921_N_3_84 (Work model for the memorial for the “March Heroes”, 1921, Klassik Stiftung Weimar © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2009)
Work model for the memorial for the “March Heroes” by Walter Gropius, 1921, Klassik Stiftung Weimar © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2009

Perfectly in tune with my recent move from Rotterdam to Berlin* I can recommend the Bauhaus exhibition in the Martin Gropius Bau (where else?) in Berlin. The exhibition – the largest on Bauhaus in history – will be open until 4th of October 2009, and focuses on the period 1919 to 1933. It is refreshing and and overwhelming to see this wealth of utopian ideas, especially now.

39_Toilettentisch_Breuer (Marcel Breuer (design and realisation), Gerhard Oschmann (reconstruction), Lady’s dressing-table from the Bauhaus experimental house “Am Horn”, Weimar, 1923)
Marcel Breuer’s Lady’s dressing-table from the Bauhaus experimental house “Am Horn”, Weimar, 1923

44_Licht-Raum-Mod (László Moholy-Nagy, Light Space Modulator, 1922-1930)
László Moholy-Nagy, Light Space Modulator, 1922-1930, Model

From the press release:

“Wednesday, the 21 July, the exhibition ‘Bauhaus. A Conceptual Model’ opened in Berlin’s Martin Gropius Bau. On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the Bauhaus and 20 years after the fall of the Berlin wall, the leading Bauhaus research institutions and museums in Germany – the Bauhaus Archive Berlin, the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau and the Klassik Stiftung Weimar – are for the first time jointly presenting an exhibition. With about 1,000 objects it will be the largest Bauhaus exhibition ever. The Museum of Modern Art, New York, cooperating partner in the project, sent 25 objects to Berlin and will present its own exhibition ‘bauhaus 1919 – 1933. Workshops for Modernity’ beginning on 8 November in New York.

Supporting Programme for the Exhibition

A diverse programme of events will be offered to accompany ‘Bauhaus. A Conceptual Model’. It includes a five-day international conference ‘bauhaus global’ (21 – 26 September 2009) supported by the Stiftung Lotto/ Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin, as well as a lecture series, cinema nights, workshops, architecture tours and book presentations (see overview of supporting events). Public tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 12:00 and 2:00 pm.

The exhibition is supported by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. The primary supporters are HOCHTIEF and the Sparkassen-Kulturfond des Deutschen Sparkassen- und Giroverbands. The Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin and the ART MENTOR FOUNDATION LUCERNE are sponsors of the exhibition. Media partners are the Radio Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb), the newspapers DIE WELT, and the Berliner Morgenpost, and the Wall AG. The installation in the Lichthof was generously supported by Eternit AG and Thonet GmbH.”

*we still have our man Martin in Rotterdam, though!

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