Get Together at the Bauhaus

Sat, 7 March 2020
Bauhaus Museum Dessau, 3.30 pm
Bauhausgebäude, 3 pm

Employees and partners of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation invite neighbours and guests to get together at the Bauhaus Museum Dessau and the Bauhaus Building.

At the  B a u h a u s  M u s e u m  D e s s a u , a programme of activities awaits visitors from 3:30 pm, including participatory activities, games and sports, guided tours through the exhibitions, open dialogue, film screenings and music.

Around the  B a u h a u s   B u i l d i n g , guests can visit a colourful tent exhibition from 3 pm and experience a special football tournament, creative activities for young and old, lectures, guided tours and a stage programme.

At both locations, food and drink is provided by partners from the neighbourhood on a donation basis. The donations go to the Anhalt-Hospiz Dessau. Admission to all events is free.

The get together is part of the programme Reconciliation Creates Peace of the Netzwerk Gelebte Demokratie für Dessau-Roßlau on 7 March. For years, right-wing extremists have used the date of the Dessau bombing on 7 March 1945 as an opportunity to organise their marches. As a sign against intolerance and exclusion, we set a programme for all. The Bauhaus in Dessau was and is an international and open place. It is this diversity that made the Bauhaus remarkable. In 1932, the Nazis closed the Bauhaus in Dessau and forced it to dissolve in Berlin.

Thanks for supporting the event to: Apotheke am Bauhaus, Bäckerei Schieke Dessau, heima menü GmbH, LAMSA e.V., Technisches Hilfswerk Dessau, Anhalt-Hospiz Dessau-Roßlau, LOXAM, Arne Vogelgesang, Schauspiel Dortmund, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Teehäuschen Dessau, Bistro Palmyra, Jörg Klambt und sein Team vom designshop bauhaus dessau, palomar, Florenz, Kaffeebar des Bauhaus Museums Dessau, Café Lily, Jana Müller und das Alternative Jugendzentrum Dessau e.V., Frank Kreißler, Stadtarchiv Dessau-Roßlau, bankertsommer ARCHITEKTEN, Stadt Dessau-Roßlau, Tourists at Home, Hochschule Anhalt Dessau, Olaf Bülow und das Programm „Stadtpark in Bewegung“, DWG Dessauer Wohnungsbaugesellschaft mbH, Urbane Farm, Guido Frisch and Friends, Edith Strasburger and Initiative Radio-Fernsehen In Dessau e.V.

Programme

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B a u h a u s   M u s e u m   D e s s a u 

3.30 pm
Welcome
By Claudia Perren, director and CEO of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
> Arena

3.30 – 6 pm
Tourists at Home
Live music, influenced by Samba, Bossa Nova, Son, Jazz, Pop and Rock
> Around the Bauhaus Museum Dessau

It is no coincidence that the moving sound pyramids of the band Tourists at Home remind us of the rushing festivities of the Bauhaus people, at which the in-house Bauhaus band played. The world is sound!


3.30 – 6 pm
Team Spirit Games
Playfully experience coordination, cooperation and group strategies
With Burghard Duhm, associate of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
> Mies-van-der-Rohe-Platz in front of the Bauhaus Museum Dessau

3.30 – 6 pm
Bauhaus dance international
Performance demonstration to join in
By and with Torsten Blume, the Bauhaus Stage Studio Programme and the Anhalt University of Applied Science
> Mies-van-der-Rohe-Platz in front of the Bauhaus Museum Dessau

3.30 – 6 pm
Was bedeutet Nachbarschaft für mich
Audio feature by neighbours
> Installation tent in the Park

3.30 – 6 pm
Stadtpark in Bewegung
Games, sports and music in the city park
By and with Olaf Bülow, Stadtparkmanager Dessau, Urbane Farm, Guido Frisch and Friends, Dessauer Wohnungsbaugesellschaft mbH and Wohnungsverein e.V.
> Park

3.30 – 8 pm
Die persönliche Geschichte macht das Übertragen der Geschichte möglich
[The personal story makes the transmission of history possible]
Touring exhibition with accompanying interviews of the portrayed witnesses of time
With Jana Müller, a project of Stadtarchiv Dessau-Roßlau and Alternatives Jugendzentrum Dessau e.V.
> Foyer

From September to December 2014, eight young people worked on the project a to prepare the life stories of Esther Bejarano, Doris Grozdanovičová, Fruma Kučinskienė, Rozette Kats, Ernesto Kroch, Wilhelm Brasse and Franz Rosenbach. In exhibition panels and video interviews, the exhibition focuses on the life stories of the contemporary witnesses who were affected by the National Socialist terror and extermination policies. Since 1998, the AJZ Dessau e.V. has grown an archive of contemporary witnesses by currently preserving the testimonies of 127 survivors.


3.30 – 8 pm
Make your world – COLOURFUL!
A participatory exhibition at the designshop at Bauhaus Museums Dessau
by the team of the designshop bauhaus dessau and palomar, Florenz
> designshop at the Bauhaus Museum Dessau

Four well-known illustrators from Europe have created their vision of the world and designed their own globe: Beppe Giacobbe, Guido Scarabottolo, Le Duo and Marti Guixé. What should your world look like? Are there still boundaries? What connects people? Globes and pencils for your world designs are ready. The most beautiful designs will be on display in the shop until the end of March.


4 – 4.45 pm and 5 – 5.45 pm
Bauhaus Modernism during National Socialism
Thematic tour through the exhibition Versuchsstätte Bauhaus. The Collection
With Elfi Müller and Thomas Altmann (in German)
> Meeting Point tours, Open Stage

4 – 5 pm
Construction – Reconstruction – New Construction
Dialogical tour through the city centre of Dessau
With Frank Kreißler, head of Stadtarchiv Dessau-Roßlau, and Werner Möller, associate of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation (in German)
> Meeting Point tours, Open Stage

The dialogical tour follows the traces of the reconstruction of Dessau's inner city after 1945. As in many German cities, the creation of living space, infrastructure and production facilities had top priority in Dessau after the enormous destruction of the Second World War. With the division of Germany, the question of the appropriate cityscape for the competing social systems in East and West also became virulent. In the national reconstruction programme for the destroyed cities in the GDR, Dessau was classified as one of the important industrial centres and was to be rebuilt as a priority.


4 – 5.30 pm
Open Dialogue: Construction – Reconstruction – New Construction
Discussion
With Frank Kreißler, head of Stadtarchiv Dessau-Roßlau, Anne-Barbara Sommer, bankersommer ARCHITEKTEN, and Werner Möller, associate of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation (in German)
> Arena

The dialogical tour follows the traces of the reconstruction of Dessau's inner city after 1945. As in many German cities, the creation of living space, infrastructure and production facilities had top priority in Dessau after the enormous destruction of the Second World War. With the division of Germany, the question of the appropriate cityscape for the competing social systems in East and West also became virulent. In the national reconstruction programme for the destroyed cities in the GDR, Dessau was classified as one of the important industrial centres and was to be rebuilt as a priority.


4 – 5.30 pm
Invisible Places
Guided tour through the open air exhibition in Dessau
With Elisabeth Krämer, associate of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and curator of the exhibition
> Meeting Point tours, Open Stage

After the Bauhäusler had to leave Weimar for political and financial reasons, they moved to Dessau in 1925. At that time a prospering industrial city, where they were warmly welcomed by many people. A close network of entrepreneurs, engineers and politicians supported the move of the Bauhaus, including the Dessau Lord Mayor Fritz Hesse, the engineer Hugo Junkers and the State Conservator Ludwig Grote. Best conditions for a new beginning.

What is no longer visible: The Bauhaus Masters and their students very quickly adapted to the city. They stood out somehow and offended with their ideas, but they were no outsiders. Quite the contrary. The Bauhaus parties were legendary in the 1920s already. They formed the cityscape and shaped social life. However, these good times came to an end very soon: The Bauhaus was closed in 1932 by a resolution of the National Socialist city council.

From 4 pm
Film programme

> Event room of the Bauhaus Museum Dessau (in German)

4 – 4.30 pm
3 Bauhäuslerinnen: Ethel Fodor-Mittag, Ellen Auerbach und Eva Weininger
Interview films
Introduction by Torsten Blume

4.30 – 5.15. pm
Der Tod kam aus Dessau
Film on the production of Zyklon-B in Dessau
Introduction by Jana Müller (Stadtarchiv Dessau-Roßlau)

5.15 – 6.30 pm
Führung auf dem Toleranzweg Wörlitz
Erinnerungen an Dessau 1945 von S. Hädicke

Films by Initiative Radio-Fernsehen In Dessau e.V.
Introduction by Edith Strasburger (Initiative Radio-Fernsehen In Dessau e.V.)

6.30 – 8 pm
Catch 22. Der Böse Trick
A film by Mike Nichols, 1970
Introduction by Werner Möller


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B a u h a u s  B u i l d i n g

3 pm
Welcome
By Regina Bittner, Head of Academy and Deputy Director
> Lawn in front of the workshop wing

3 pm
Habitat Neighbourhood
Tent exhibition
By neighbours and employees of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
> Bauhausplatz and lawn in front of the workshop wing

7 March 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the Dessau bombing in 1945. On this day the Bauhaus building and its immediate neighbourhood were also damaged and destroyed.
Neighbourhoods change, in times of war as well as in times of peace: New neighbours are arriving, others are leaving, the structure is changing. Neighbourhood means diversity in a small space and the common desire for a peaceful home.
Who are our neighbours today? What images, documents, memories, visions and experiences do they associate with their neighbourhood of the Bauhaus? In a colourful tent city at the Bauhaus building, we will build a neighbourhood exhibition together on 7 March 2020.


3 pm
Bauhaus Post Office
Design your own post cards and buttons!
By and with Christin Deringer, Susanne Mittmann, Anne Schneider and Frank Thinius
> Bauhausplatz


3.15 – 3.35 pm, 4 – 4.20 pm, 4.45 – 5.05 pm
Soccer Backpack Orchestra
A sounding soccer game
By Benjamin and Erwin Stache, with neighbours, LAMSA e.V. and employees of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
> Bauhausplatz

In this mixture of sporting action and concert, the players wear sound backpacks that interact acoustically with each other and react to the movements, so that new sound mixtures are created as the game progresses: So playing soccer becomes a composition and the small tournament with 4 teams becomes a concert in 3 parts.


3.30 – 4.30 pm
Walk through the Bauhaus quarter
With Wolfgang Thöner, head of the collection of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
> Meeting point under the Bauhaus bridge

What was the situation around the Bauhaus Building after the Dessau bombing on 7 March 1945? What was the significance of the reconstruction of the school building and the residential and business premises in the neighbourhood? Which of Dessau's proposed solutions for reconstruction were implemented and which were rejected? And what traces of destruction, forgetting and remembering can still be found around the Bauhaus Building today?


3.30 – 4.30 pm
The Bauhaus 1932
Lecture by Peter Bernhard, Bauhaus expert and associate of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
> Nordraum

1932 was a fateful year for the Bauhaus: After the Dessau city council had rejected a motion by the NSDAP to close the school and demolish the building in January, it finally approved it by a narrow majority in August. As a result, the Bauhaus left Dessau on 30 September to reestablish itself in Berlin as the private institute of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. In his lecture, Peter Bernhard illuminates the background that led to the closure of the Dessau Bauhaus and provides an insight into the new beginning in Berlin.


6 – 7.40 pm
Flammende Köpfe
[Flaming Heads]
Video lecture performance
> Aula
By and with Arne Vogelgesang, co-direction by Wiebke Rüter, produced by Schauspiel Dortmund, guest performance version with the support of the Heinrich Böll Foundation (in German)

How do people radicalize themselves on the Internet? How does a real scenario of threat emerge? Because sometimes an inflamed head can be carried from its body at night to a refugee home to be set on fire. Is the head awake then?
Arne Vogelgesang's Flammende Köpfe, conceived for a performer and a virtual choir of head avatars, traces the path from the living room to the Internet uprising. Vogelgesang draws on his extensive, constantly updated collection of propaganda videos from the Internet. A curious, entertaining evening of theatre that teaches fear – with subsequent discussion.

School classes or groups of 10 people or more can register in advance by e-mail.


19:40 – 20:30 Uhr
Flammende Köpfe – audience discussion
With Arne Vogelgesang, moderation: Caroline Jansky, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
> Aula

In the audience discussion following the video lecture performance Flammende Köpfe, the audience can exchange their experiences and impressions with the artist and ask questions.


Note
The organisers reserve the right to make use of their domiciliary rights and to deny access to the event to persons who belong to right-wing extremist parties or organisations, who belong to the right-wing extremist scene or who have already made racist, nationalist, anti-Semitic or other inhuman statements in the past, or to exclude them from the event.