Bauhaus Buildings Dessau:
Originals retold

from 18 April 2019

P r o g r a m m e

Thu, 18 April 2019
Reopening Bauhaus Buildings

Admission and guided tours are free of charge

9.45 am – 5 pm
Bauhaus buildings 
Self-guided tours through the Bauhaus buildings with the new curatorial con-cept plus free guided tours (in german) (Bauhaus Building: 11 am, 2 pm; Masters’ Houses: 12.30 pm, 1.30 pm; 3.30 pm; Dessau-Törten Settlement: 3.30 pm) 

5 pm
Bauhaus Building, auditorium
Film screening "How do we live healthy and economically?" accompanied by musicians of the Bauhaus Centenary Residency 

5.30 pm
Bauhaus Building
Reception with wine and pretzels 

The Bauhaus intended to develop new forms of housing and living. This was represented by the Studio Building, designed as a collective dwelling house: 28 studio apartments for students and junior masters, equipped with built-in cupboards and tubular steel furniture, tea kitchens on every floor, a roof terrace, a canteen in the ground floor, bathrooms in the basement, and balconies. The balconies were particularly popular: they were an excellent motif for photographies of the house and its residents. Once 14 people fitted on one of the small balconies!     

Between 1925 and 1932, the Bauhaus tried out the city of tomorrow in Dessau. The Bauhaus buildings and way of life in Dessau had model character. The living conditions of the people should be altered, and new forms of life created.  

The Bauhaus enjoyed its heyday in Dessau. However, the Bauhaus architecture existing in this city, today UNESCO World Heritage sites, is also bears witness of moves, closures, expulsion, renovation, transformation, new foundation and cultural heritage of the avantgarde school. For closely connected to the course of the 20th century, the Bauhaus buildings also went through phases between democracy and dictatorship, war, destruction and reconstruction.    

Visitors are invited to a tour through Dessau to newly explore these prototypes of modern construction. They will learn more about these model houses of Modernism, their architecture, their use and their inhabitants, and directly experience the essence of the Bauhaus buildings.

From the Kornhaus Restaurant in the north to the Dessau-Törten Settlement in the south – Dessau has many more original Bauhaus buildings than any other city. Twelve of them are publicly accessible, including the Bauhaus Building, the Masters‘ Houses, the Employment Office designed by Walter Gropius, and the Konsum Building. On the occasion of the Bauhaus centenary, they get a new, and for the first time coherent, narrative. The buildings themselves become exhibits. After all, nothing can tell the story more vividly than their own walls, façades and interior spaces.

By the re-opening of the Bauhaus buildings in Dessau, the visitors gain access to the rooms that have not, or to a limited extent only, been open to the public in the past years. Also in the Bauhaus Building: Thanks to the new Bauhaus Museum, air-conditioning systems and additional walls for exhibitions could be dismantled in the first floor of the workshop wing, for example. This resulted in the reinstatement of the full transparency of the Bauhaus Building with its famous glass curtain façade – an essential component for the declaration as World Heritage.

Cinematic digital guiding concept 

More than 60 short films were produced for the new curatorial concept of the Bauhaus buildings, bringing historical images into motion in a 2.5D tech-nique. Each short film refers to a space or aspect of the architecture and can be watched on screens in the buildings or using a smartphone. The cine-matic digital narrative supports the visitors in the perception of the unique ar-chitecture and its history, without changing the historical spaces.

Masters' Houses / Klee House
Karla Grosch – a life cut short

Bauhaus Workshops
Practical work

The Bauhaus Dessau Foundation is a non-profit foundation ­under public law. It is institutionally funded by the German­ ­Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media, the State of Saxony-Anhalt, and the City of Dessau-Roßlau. Bauhaus Buildings Dessau: Originals retold is generously funded by: