Dessau 1945 – Destroyed Modern. With photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson – current exposition

In the spring of 1945, the Masters' Houses Gropius and Moholy-Nagy were destroyed, and also Dessau lay in ruins. The former town with a royal court in Anhalt had become the epitome of military production and forced labor; and the in Dessau produced „insecticide“ Zyklon B had become the sad word for the genocide of the European Jews. And where once the masters lived, at the end of the war the executive staff of the aircraft plant lived. The exposition »Dessau 1945« shows the Bauhausstadt after the seizure of power of the National Socialists until zero hour. The French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson may apply as a famous witness. He, who himself had been imprisoned in Germany, documented the return of the French forced. Now, in the exhibition, curated by Philipp Oswalt, 32 of these works can be seen in the basement of the Bauhaus. For the first time an exhibition is dedicated to the janus-headed heritage of the Modern in Dessau. 


  • 15th May until 7th September 2014, daily from 10am to 5pm 
  • Admission: 6 €/ 4 € concession

Bauhausbuilding, workshop wing, semi-basement,
Gropiusallee 38,
06846 Dessau-Roßlau
Monday – Sunday, 10-5pm 

In cooperation with the Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paris