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from 22 March 2018
until 31 October 2018
Exhibition: Carl Fieger. From Bauhaus to Bauakademie
Carl Fieger (1893–1960) made architectural history with his first building. The single-family house in Dessau (1924) remained an experimental building, but also contributed significantly to the endeavour to set new standards in housing construction. As an employee in the offices of Peter Behrens and Walter Gropius he was involved in creating iconic buildings like the Fagus Factory in Alfeld (1922-25) or the Bauhaus Building in Dessau (1925/26).
Carl Fieger left his mark on modern architecture. He had an eye for standardisation and later put his experience with prefabricated parts and new materials to use as a research assistant at the Deutsche Bauakademie, the German university of architecture in East Berlin. In 1953 he built the first prefabricated building in Berlin, which hid its construction method behind a traditional facade.
The exhibition highlights the complete oeuvre of the architect, designer and distinguished draftsman and rediscovers Fieger in his original drawings, architectural models and furniture – as a designer, who combines new standards with individual expression.
Opening times: daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Bauhaus Dessau
Admission: Bauhaus-Ticket 8.50 €, concessions 5.50 €
from 10 August 2018
until 30 November 2018
Exhibition Bauhaus Lab 2018: The Art of Joining: Designing the Universal Connector
The Art of Joining: Designing the Universal Connector
The international participants of the Bauhaus Lab 2018 investigated the historical context and discourses of transatlantic postwar modernism bundled in the metal connector. The three month long research, which included excursions for on-site investigation and archival study, is culminated in an exhibition in the Bauhaus Building. Its grid system juxtaposes the virtual three-dimensional grid that General Panel System inscribed in space with the DIN norms, the contemporary paragon of standardization. The findings are displayed in thematic chapters, revolving around different spatial constellations the connector brought together.
Talk by Markus Krajewski: Weltformat DIN
Talk by Markus Krajewski: Weltformat DIN
Markus Krajewski is media scientist and professor of media studies at the University of Basel, Switzerland.
Standardisation of housing construction, rationalisation of layouts, uniformity of lettering and language, modularisation of forms – the Bauhaus strove for systematisation and consistency. Behind this lay the Bauhaus’s belief in the egalitarian power of technology and industry. It also shows the will to intervene through design to bring order to an increasingly complex and accelerated present. In light of the Bauhaus’s drive for standardisation, the talk series Standardised Knowledge introduces modern projects, standard works and systems that address the ambivalent alliance between the pursuit of order and the shaping of society.
The talk series is part of the supporting programme for the exhibition Carl Fieger. From Bauhaus to Bauakademie.
from 17 January 2018
until 19 September 2018
For the Bauhauslers, movement was essential for creativity. The Open Workshop takes up this idea by inviting children and young people to design and build drawing machines or explore animated lines. There will be opportunities to experiment with diverse techniques and materials, design posters, print and bind books. The experiments are digital, analogue, colourful or minimal – the possibilities are virtually endless.
Ages 8 – 14
Every Wednesday, 4 – 6 pm (except school holidays)
Meeting point: Visitor Centre Bauhaus Dessau
Gropiusallee 38, 06846 Dessau-Roßlau
Free admission, no registration required
Bauhaus Festival 2018: Yellow Angled
The Bauhaus Festivals were legendary. They attracted guests from near and afar to Dessau to see works of art – but also to celebrate. Limits were defined and boundaries pushed in colourful productions and extravagant performances. Since 1997, the Bauhaus Festivals and the Colour Festivals have been taking place once again.
At the historic Bauhaus, standards were set, but also demolished. Experiments were the order of the day in the workshops, on the stage and in design. The Bauhaus Festivals especially were a place to break free from the norms through art – everything was possible! This is the starting point for the Bauhaus Festival 2018.
The primary colour yellow stands for expansion: for the dissolution of boundaries and against fixed forms. In this field of tension, modular playful structures will be built up and standards broken down – through reinforcement, compression, expansion and divergence. The result, a Gesamtkunstwerk of contemporary interpretations embracing artistry, theatre, music, installation and performance, will take shape over two evenings.
Drawing Made Simple
Using a range of drawing techniques visitors follow in the footsteps of the master draughtsman Carl Fieger. Work with artists to bring your own creations to life. No previous experience necessary.
Visitors of all ages
European Heritage Day:
Standards and Norms in Heritage Conservation
Talk and guided tour with Monika Markgraf, research associate for building research and heritage conservation at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.
Modern buildings are shaped by the norms and standards of the time in which they were built. These do not always comply with today’s ideas and standards and thus give rise to conflicting priorities, for which special solutions have to found.
The admission to all Bauhaus Buildings is free on this day.
11 am – 1 pm
The Bauhaus Museum Dessau Comes to Life
The Museum Performs: The Stage
What is the idea behind the concept of the Bauhaus Museum as a realm of experience? How will the historic experiments of the Bauhaus stage will be shown in the museum. How will they be performed as contemporary adaptations on the new ‘Open Stage’ on the ground floor of the Bauhaus Museum Dessau? What else can visitors expect to see there?
Lecture and Performance with Torsten Blume, research associate, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, and the dancers David Bloom and Jule Kreutzer.
With the series “Open Doors!” the Foundation’s staff invite interested members of the public to follow the development process of the museum.
6 . 30 – 8 pm
15 November 2018