Bauhaus Residency

Gabi Schillig in the House Gropius, 2017, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

Artistic positions return to the Masters’ Houses

In the 1920s artists of the international avant-garde lived next door to one another in the complex of Masters’ Houses. With the Bauhaus Residency, the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation enables contemporary artists to live and work in the Muche and Schlemmer houses once more. Their residencies in 2017 will focus on an artistic-exploratory approach to the theme Substance. Each Bauhaus Residency will include a work exhibition in the Gropius House which will be open to the public.


Bauhaus Residency 2017 – Substance

“First we seek contact with material…” stated Josef Albers, looking back at his pedagogical work at the Bauhaus. In his preliminary course, students worked freely with all kinds of materials in order to develop a new approach to form and design. He had students actively refine their senses through tactile experiments in order to discover the world anew.

In 2017 the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation focuses on the dialogue between material and design in its approach to the theme Substance: It addresses the substance of ideas, substance as matter and material, substantial forms, the conservation of substance and the substance of the Bauhaus as an institution. Each Bauhaus Residency takes an artistic-investigative approach to substance in the current digital age.