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every Wednesday
from 17 January 2018
until 19 September 2018

Open Workshop

16:00 Uhr

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 …

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

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daily
from 22 March 2018
until 31 October 2018

Exhibition: Carl Fieger. From Bauhaus to Bauakademie

10:00 Uhr

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 …

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.

Bauhaus Building 

Opening times: daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Bauhaus Dessau
Admission: Bauhaus-Ticket 7.50 €, concessions 4.50 €

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daily
from 10 August 2018
until 30 November 2018

Exhibition Bauhaus Lab 2018: The Art of Joining: Designing the Universal Connector

10:00 Uhr

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 …

Exhibition
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. 

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30
August
2018

Presentation Bauhaus Residency | Minha Lee

17:00 Uhr

As part of her Bauhaus Residency, Minha Lee lived and worked in the Masters’ Houses for three months. Minha Lee combines modern media, e.g. installation, with traditional materials, e.g. paper. …

Presentation with artist 
Thursday, 30 August 2018
5 pm – 6.30 pm

As part of her Bauhaus Residency, Minha Lee lived and worked in the Masters’ Houses for three months. Minha Lee combines modern media, e.g. installation, with traditional materials, e.g. paper. During her stay in the Masters’ Houses she focused on the standardisation of living space. The resulting installation featuring a ‘box for living in’ made from layered paper was inspired by her research into the cramped micro-apartments of South Korea and efficiency as an aspect of Bauhaus architecture. It will be shown in the Gropius House.

After the presentation there will be an Apéro with wine from  Weingut Böhme & Töchter at the House Schlemmer.

Address:
Gropius House, Master's Houses
Ebertallee 59, 06846 Dessau-Roßlau

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31
August
2018

Bauhaus Festival 2018: Yellow Angled

19:00 Uhr

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 …

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.

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Expired events

2
August
2018

Presentation Bauhaus Residency | Martyna Marciniak

17:00 Uhr

At the end of their Bauhaus Residency, the artist presents a triptych of sculptural props and an essay-film dealing with standardization of the body at Bauhaus and especially in the …

Presentation with artist 
Tuesday, 22 May 2018
5 pm – 6.30 pm

For three months Martyna Marciniak lived and worked in the Masters' Houses. Marciniak creates spatial narratives that explore the connections between body and space in choreographic works, films and animated sculptures. At the end of their Bauhaus Residency, the artist presents a triptych of sculptural props and an essay-film dealing with standardization of the body at Bauhaus and especially in the Schlemmer House. 

After the presentation there will be an Apéro with wine from  Weingut Böhme & Töchter at the House Schlemmer.

Address:
Gropius House, Master's Houses
Ebertallee 59, 06846 Dessau-Roßlau

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9
August
2018

Bauhaus Lab 2018: Symposium and Opening Exhibition

11:00 Uhr

The international participants of the Bauhaus Lab 2018 investigate the elements and discourses bundled in the metallic connector: Social positions such as ‘housing for all’ are just as much part …

The Art of Joining: 
Designing the Universal Connector

Symposium
Friday, 9 August 2018
11 am – 4 pm

Exhibition
9 August – 30 November 2018
Opening: Friday, 9 August 2018
5 pm
Bauhaus Building

Is there a universal architecture of systems that change the very idea of building, which essentially is a matter of defying gravity, to a matter of omitting it? Konrad Wachsmann`s universal wedge connector, invented in the shadow of the world war, and applied in the General Panel System in collaboration with Walter Gropius in the US in 1941, was the point of departure of the Bauhaus Lab 2018. The postgraduate program is part of the Bauhaus Dessau annual theme of “standard” –a perspective on Bauhaus historiography that focuses on the search for modular systems and types in response to the rationalization processes in the 20th century. Eight young professionals and scholars engage in research into the universal wedge connector that underpins a building system for industrial application. Himself an immigrant, Wachsmann`s alignment with rationalization and standardization, applicable in diverse contexts and conditions, shared the ambiguities of modern architecture and its claim for universality. Like virtually no other modern architect, Wachsmann advanced the industrialization of architecture and the associated possibilities of a turning point in architecture. The universal combinatorics and maximum flexibility of the prefabricated connectors had the potential to make everyone a designer of the built environment.

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. The exhibition opening on 9 August 2018 is accompanied by an international symposium in which the participants of the program and invited scholars and architects will update the architectural discourse that surrounded the “universal connector.”

In three round tables the participants of the Bauhaus Lab will discuss with Georg Vrachliotis (Karlsruhe), Suzanne Strum (Barcelona) Christian Sumi (Zurich) and Douglas Murphy (Glasgow) the architecture of systems, the contested legacy of prefabrication and the topicality of the “turning point of building.”

Timetable

11 – 12.30 am
The Architecture of Systems

Introduction: Regina Bittner
Statements: Georg Vrachliotis, Suzanne Strum
Discussion with the Bauhaus Lab participants

1.30 – 3 pm
The contested legacy of prefabrication

Statement: Douglas Murphy
Discussion with the Bauhaus Lab participants

3 – 4 pm
The topicality of the “turning point of building”

Statement: Christian Sumi
Discussion with the Bauhaus Lab participants

5 pm
Exhibition opening
Bauhaus Building

6 pm
Reception and Barbecue

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