Bauhaus Birthday 2022:
Marianne Brandt, Grete Stern – and Margarete: Three women at the Bauhaus

// Film, Performance, Exhibitions
Sat, 3 Dec 2022, 6 pm


Bauhaus Building
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Although marginalized in the annals of art history for much longer, women in particular embodied a new spirit of freedom in the 1920s, the spirit of modernism. After all, the new constitution of the Weimar Republic in 1919 finally formulated equality between men and women. Implementation and a stronger presence of artistic works by women in the public were, however, a long time coming. In the years of the Bauhaus, i.e. from 1919 to 1933, there were 462 women at the Bauhaus – about one third, stable over the entire period: a surprisingly high number of female students, whose works only became publicly visible in the last decades.


6 pm
Welcome and thematic introduction
Barbara Steiner, Director of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

16.15 pm
Vom Bauhaus nach Argentinien – Auf den Spuren von Grete Stern und Horacio Coppola (From the Bauhaus to Argentina – In the footsteps of Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola)
// Documentary film (german)

"The Bauhaus was never a myth to me. It was a piece of GDR childhood," says filmmaker Anne Berrini, who grew up in Dessau, in her partly autobiographical documentary. In 2005, she went in search of Bauhaus photographers Grete Stern and Horacio Coppola. She followed their traces from Germany to Argentina and met friends, artists and researchers. The film questions the role of women, the genocide of indigenous peoples and the social perception between Europe and Latin America. Finally, the film journey leads to the New York Museum of Modern Art.

Direction, screenplay, photography, editing: Anne Berrini
Production by BERRINI FILMS
In collaboration: Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Galeria Jorge Mara-La-Ruche Buenos Aires
Support: Museum of Modern Art New York, Bauhaus Archiv Berlin, Academy of Arts Berlin, Fundación CEPPA, Embassy of the Republic of Argentina
Support: Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe

Film talk
with Anne Berrini and Burghard Duhm (Bauhaus Dessau Foundation)

Inauguration of the information board "FrauenOrte"

FrauenOrte Frauengeschichte in Sachsen-Anhalt (Women's Places – Women's History in Saxony-Anhalt) is dedicated to conveying regional women's history and thus the life and work of women as an elementary part of the state's history. In Saxony-Anhalt there are more than 50 FrauenOrte, which are marked by information boards. Among them is the Bauhaus Dessau, because since the institution was founded in Weimar in 1919, women were also allowed to study at the Bauhaus. Even though subjects were initially divided along gender lines, "women's studies" evolved into a high-level design education that produced highly successful industrial products. (

from 8 pm
Exhibition parcours + introduction to the work "homo habitat"
Workshop wing
with employees of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and artists from Hallimasch Komplex. 

7.45 + 9 pm
Margarete und die Bauhaus-Frauen (Margarete and the Bauhaus Women)
// Performance for a puppet, a puppeteer and objects by Sophie Bartels (german)
Bridge / Room 2.20

Margarete, a timeless aging artist, lover of the Bauhaus and friend of all Bauhaus women, reflects on what Bauhaus actually means and how Bauhaus artists such as Marianne Brandt and Grete Stern helped shape the Bauhaus and also inspired her own career as a then still young artist. In doing so, she moves between reality and fiction, between scientifically proven facts and nostalgic transfiguration, between well-known and (still) unheard stories…

Conception, text: Jana Weichelt and Sophie Bartels
Play: Sophie Bartels
Artistic collaboration/outlook: Jana Weichelt
Stage, costume: Sebastian Ellrich 
Dramaturgical advice: Franziska Burnay Pereira
Production management: Miriam Glöckler
Supported by the Kloster Bergesche Stiftung