Centenary Programme

100 years of Bauhaus in Dessau.

In 2019, Germany will be celebrating the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus, together with many partners. Founded in Weimar in 1919, the Bauhaus had its heyday in Dessau between 1925 and 1932, before it was closed in 1933 under the pressure of the Nazis by its last director Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in Berlin.

In Dessau the Bauhaus Centenary is an occasion for a year of celebration.

It was a spirit of departure that attracted the Bauhauslers from Weimar to the industrial city of Dessau. All three directors of the Bauhaus – Walter Gropius, Hannes Meyer und Ludwig Mies van der Rohe – lived and worked in Dessau. During these seven years in Dessau, they coined the image of the Bauhaus today, and turned the city into an internationally renowned domicile for the modern avant-garde.

For the centenary the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and the City of Dessau–Roßlau host a diverse programme, developed by a network of local, national and international partners, friends, students, artists and guests. The programme is an invitation to discover the experimental character and state of the art of the Bauhaus ideas for today.

The centenary will be celebrated Germany-wide by the Bauhaus Association 2019. A calendar with the programme of partner institutions here

Festival School FUNDAMENTAL
20 – 24 March 2019


Festival of Education

Reflection, practical critique and experimental renewal of the Bauhaus pedagogy.

Bauhaus Buildings Dessau
From 18 April 2019


Icons of Modernism

The centenary has inspired a new curatorial cponcept for the Bauhaus buildings.

Invisible Places
From 26 April 2019


Exhibition in the City's Public Spaces

Invisible Spaces recreates the spirit and life of the Bauhausler in Dessau of the 1920s.  

Festival Architecture RADICAL
31 May – 2 June 2019


Architecture RADICAL

The historic Employment Office stages contemporary questions about the social role of architecture and its radical and experimental approaches.

Bauhaus Museum Dessau
Opening: 8 September 2019


Opening of the new Museum

New museum, exhibition of the collection and presentation of contemporary positions in the centre of Dessau.

Festival Stage TOTAL
11 – 15 September 2019


Festival of Theatre

Five days of small, dramatic formats and large-scale performances, celebrations and amusements that offer contemporary interpretations of the historic approach.

Triennal of Modernism
4 – 6 October 2019


Material and Architecture

Focus on the UNESCO World Heritage – Exhibitions and tours invite to explore modernism in Dessau.

Collecting Bauhaus
2 – 5 December 2019



The conference invites Bauhaus-Collections from all over the world to Dessau, thus painting a global picture of the historic and contemporary reception of the Bauhaus.