As one of my fav bands Kool&The Gang sings in their hit Celebration, I want to “celebrate good times” of Bauhaus in “a celebration to last throughout the years/ So bring your good times, and your laughter too/We gonna celebrate your party with you”. So, if anyone wants to celebrate the fact that Bauhaus turns 100, here’s a list of things you can do:
Set off for Grand Tour of Modernism
The website https://www.grandtourofmodernism.com/ unfolds before you a list of 8 tours you can do across the country to see all outstanding sites of the Bauhaus’ activity, which has had profound impact on modern understanding of working, living, dwelling. From north to south, and from east to west, we’ll have an opportunity to visit landmark examples of modernist architecture from 1900 to 2000: many of the sites are accessible to be viewed from outside and most can be visited inside during opening hours, whereas the ones not open to the public will be featured in a digital presentation that will be ready on the website in April 2019.
See Fantastic Centenary Exhibitions in Berlin
original bauhaus, 6/9/2019 – 27/1/2020, Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
The centenary exhibition of the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung organized in cooperation with the Berlinische Galerie will ask the valid question: what is “typically Bauhaus”? On the basis of 14 objects, some famous and familiar, some forgotten, the archive will develop 14 case stories recounting the history of Bauhaus. The exhibition is a chance to see exceptional loans from international collections and from the Bauhaus-Archiv’s collection.
bauhaus imaginista, 15/3/2019 – 10/6/2019, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
The great March exhibition in Berlin will unite individual sections of the show organized across the world since March 2018. Exploring the global interconnections of the Bauhaus, four autonomously developed exhibitions have been presented in Japan, China, Russia and Brazil and supplemented through additional events in India, the US, Morocco and Nigeria. However, bauhaus imaginista is more than just an exhibition. It’s an educational and research project reflecting on diverse legacies of the movement today in the light of changing world geopolitics. The transcultural exchange will ask the question how we can reimagine culture as a social project in the spirit of the Bauhaus and what kinds of institutions would such a project need and generate.
Visit a newly built museum in Weimar
On April, 6th, the Bauhaus Museum Weimar will open after three years of construction on the design of prof. Heike Hanada. The building is inspired by the three periods of German modernism: first by a big “cultural project” of the Weimar Republic uniting nature, culture and sport, then the former “Gauforum” from the Nazi era, and eventually the “Langer Jakob”, student dorms developed in the 1970s. The museum will open with an exhibition entitled How do we want to coexist?, which will consider the questions once asked by Bauhaus architects, but which are still important to people nowadays. Undertaking a reinterpretation of the history of the Bauhaus, the exhibition will show that the Bauhaus had in mind neither a style nor a method, but a process meant to bring about changes in societies.
Participate in concerts, plays, labs and festivals across Germany
Although the inaugural festival in Berlin is coming to a close, there are so many fantastic events coming up! For example, the Republic of Spirits – The Bauhaus Festival of the Weimar Universities, Bach and Bauhaus or Music in the town and village churches in the Weimar countryside (Music of the Bauhaus period in authentic “Feininger churches”) in Weimarerland, or dance performances in Munich in March 2019. To check out the programme bursting with offers, click here. The party continues all year and even well into 2020!