Haushaltsmesse 2015:
Locations & contributions

Housekeeping and budgeting as reflected in artistic positions, experimental research, historic trade fairs and large-scale exhibitions

  • The art of housekeeping and budgeting in the Kiosk, in and  around the Director’s House and in Muche/Schlemmer House
  • Research into housekeeping and budgeting in Muche House
  • Trade fair history in Schlemmer House

Artistic contributions to the Haushaltsmesse

Ten international artists and designers are invited, from the perspective of contemporary problems, to develop positions on housekeeping and budgeting in the 21st century. Their work thereby refers to different facets of household-related activity: settling in, purchasing, producing, sharing, storing, maintaining and budgeting. The garage and cellar of the Director’s House, the Kiosk and the Muche/Schlemmer duplex become artistic trade fair displays, exhibition venues and settings for arts-based debates on housekeeping and budgeting.

The contributions to the Haushaltsmesse (Household Trade Fair) come about in the framework of a public Work-in-Progress phase on location from 4 May to 11 June. All contributions will be on show on location from 12 June. For the opening, there will be a guided tour with the artists.

  • In and around the Director’s House: Andrés Jaque/Office for Political Innovation (Spain) in the garage; Estudio Sic (Spain) in the cellar
  • Kiosk by Mies van der Rohe: MUF (Great Britain)
  • Muche House: Ursula Achternkamp with Bombyx (Germany) in the living room; Basurama (Spain) in the dining room; Ute Neuber (Austria) in the “Black Room”, bathroom and bedroom
  • Schlemmer House: Yane Calovski (Macedonia) in both bedrooms; Zissis Kotionis and Phoebe Giannis (Greece) in the living room; Sarah Bonnemaison (Canada) in the kitchen, scullery and dining room
  • Garden of the Masters’ Houses: Ivan Bazak (Ukraine)

Research into housekeeping and budgeting in the Study Space
(Muche House)

For the duration of the Haushaltsmesse, the studio in Muche House will become a Study Space, a place for research and contemporary knowledge production. Since 2014,the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation has invited young designers, artists and curators – graduates, students, teachers and pupils – to engage with contemporary housekeeping and budgeting issues in the framework of the Bauhaus Lab and other formats. The Study Space in Muche House presents the outcomes of their experimental research projects.

  • From 12 June: Exhibition of the Bauhaus Lab 2014 “On Reserve. Concerning the Architecture of the Reservoir”, about accumulation and storage as household technologies and their manifestations in architecture and design. Also shown will be the results of workshops with students from a number of universities internationally, who have engaged with aspects of housekeeping such as budgeting, producing and cleaning.
  • From 30 July: Exhibition of the current Bauhaus Lab 2015 “Cracks in the Curtain Wall”, about the cracks and traces of render on the artificial surfaces of modern buildings. The Lab addresses the areas of friction between buildings, materialities, materials and protagonists behind the facades of the established narratives in architectural history. This archaeology of cleaning buildings is the starting point for a critical reflection on current approaches to an “architecture of cleanliness”.

Trade fair history in the Archive Room
(Schlemmer House)

The studio in Schlemmer House becomes the Archive Room for the Haushaltsmesse. By way of photos, documents, publications and catalogues, this room provides insights into the “domestic demonstration spaces” of the 20th century, in which the private household became a public issue. In the 1920s for example, the large-scale hygiene, building and food exhibitions helped inform and educate the public. Their remit was to convey and popularise public knowledge about housing and housekeeping and to thereby expedite social change.

In the 20th century consumer society, demonstration architectures and trade fairs played a special role at the interface between the public and the market. Here, innovations could be presented, experiments tried and tested and the future realised.
The extent to which the complex of Masters’ Houses shared this concept of demonstration is clarified by Walter Gropius’s comments on the features of his house: According to Gropius, it was about a model of a future way of living, which was not yet available to all. In this respect, in the 1920s the Masters’ Houses tied in with a specific “demonstration culture”, in which the topics of housing, housekeeping, health and nutrition were publicly debated and in the design of which the Bauhaus participated, either on behalf of companies or in order to promote its own interests.

  • From 12 June: Trade Fair History Exhibition in the studio of Schlemmer House. With special guided tour during the Sunday matinee „The trade fairs of the masters“ on 14 June 2015

Sponsored by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. 


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