NEWS: Dessau gets a Bauhaus Museum

  • Funding secured for the new building

On November 13th, 2014, the German Bundestag reached a positive decision regarding a financial contribution by the German federal government to the planned construction of a new Bauhaus Museum in Dessau. A total of 12.5 million euro will be allocated in the federal budget for this purpose. The federal government is therby assuming half of the total budgeted costs of 25 million euro for the new exhibition center, which is to be built in Dessau City Park by 2019. The other 12.5 million euro will be paid by the Federal state of Saxony-Anhalt.

The Director of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Dr. Claudia Perren, thanked all those who have supported the project. “We are delighted with the decision. With it, the financial framework is set and secured – so now it is a matter of immediate implementation by 2019,” said Dr. Claudia Perren. A two-stage international architectural competition will be announced in January 2015 and decided in the fall. The Dessau Bauhaus Museum is scheduled to open in time for the Bauhaus anniversary in 2019.

“In Dessau, what will be created is a ‘museum in motion’ that, with a dynamic exhibition and outreach concept, shows treasures from the collection as well as current positions in ever new spatial and conceptual contexts,” says Dr. Claudia Perren. “The Bauhaus in Dessau has an avant-garde tradition, which we will continue with the profile of the new museum.”

With roughly 40,000 objects, Dessau has the world’s second largest collection of Bauhaus heritage material, of which only a fraction could heretofore be presented to the public.