2019 marks the Bauhaus centenary - the renowned architecture and design school was founded in Weimar in 1919, moved to nearby Dessau in 1925 and finally to Berlin in 1932, to be closed down by the Nazis a year later. For this momentous occasion countless players throughout Germany put together a program which allows the public to re-discover and re-connect with the work of this innovative school for design, architecture and applied arts - among them the yearlong event series 100 years of bauhaus in berlin as well as the city-wide festival bauhaus week berlin 2019 (August 31 through September 8). Both of these will convey Bauhaus` experimental, polymorphous, transnational and radically contemporary character.
The festivities started with the grand opening festival at Berlin´s Akademie der Künste featuring various performances of dance, film, and immersive art. It was followed by an exhibition at Bröhan-Museum which shows that some of the groundbreaking ideas of Bauhaus were already prominent in the Arts and Crafts movement. Bauhaus` international impact was covered in a series of different exhibitions: Bauhaus imaginista at Haus der Kulturen der Welt combined four different shows which have been curated and already been on view in Japan, China, Brazil and Russia. The show was complemented by an accompanying program of lectures and performances. The landmark Mies van der Rohe Haus invited contemporary artists to build on and further contemporize Bauhaus concepts. And last but not least Bauhaus Archive teamed up with Museum für Gestaltung to show both renowned and forgotten Bauhaus`objects in a massive show called original Bauhaus at Berlinische Galerie.
BAUHAUS WEEK BERLIN 2019
The city-wide festival bauhaus week berlin 2019 which opened on the same night as Long Night of Museums (August 31) and ended with the opening of Tag des offenen Denkmals (Open House of all Berlin Monuments on September 8) brought Bauhaus ideas to life in a participatory fashion across different outdoor venues.
Specifically decorated shop windows on Kantstraße around Savignyplatz and parts of Potsdamer Straße gave an overview of Bauaus` 14-year history by introducing the key players and explaining the school´s intentions. A glass house on the traffic island on Ernst-Reuter-Platz served as festival hub where lectures and readings took place.
Visitors were able to sample performances, exhibitions and installations at various satellite locations throughout Berlin. Within the lecture series Bauhaus in practice today architects, designers, museums and typographers shared insights on the relevance of Bauhaus for their work today.
The Bauhaus movement has been famous for critically examining and challenging the rituals of daily life. The festival bauhaus week berlin built on this approach and offered visitors the chance of spending an entire carefully curated day in the spirit of Bauhaus, following the motto "craftsmanship meets art". Rise and shine with a morning yoga class on a modernist rooftop to combine physical exercise with architectural observation. Enjoy specially designed Bauhaus lunch menus in selected restaurants around Kant- and Potsdamerstraße. Round out the day`s highlights with evening entertainment at the Festivalzentrum.