Bauhaus Dessau

Passages Bauhaus – City

Passages Bauhaus – City
Installations in the Public Domain
4 May – 3 November 2019

Passages make the way from the Bauhaus to the inner city of Dessau a playful experience. Artistic installations guide and direct the pedestrians to the Bauhaus. Not just along a line. Not only by looking straight ahead. And not only by setting one foot in front of the other. The pedestrians will experience moving along and the city space in a new way.

Passages encourage to become active. They invite to playfully experience motion. Let’s go dancing with the objects and spaces in the open air. This idea arose out of Wassily Kandinsky‘s motion studies “point and line to area” – but in a three-dimensional form. A huge ball rolls along Bauhausstrasse, leads to an installation of tubes on Seminarplatz, which then guides to the rectangular underpass of the Dessau Main Station.   

Almost all senses are appealed along this route. Touching, setting down, standing, experiencing unusual sounds – everything is possible. 

The interventions also aim at raising conscious attention for the atmosphere of the spaces. The narrowness of the passage at the Fürst Leopold Carré is being ntensified and at the same time broken by flexible walls the pedestrians can lean on. The flags at Friedensplatz direct one’s view to the Anhaltisches Theater. And jumping on trampolines along the stretched Antoinettenstrasse, the route continues in direction to the City Park.  


Passages is a project of the City of Dessau-Rosslau and the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. The concept has been developed by students of the Peter Behrens School of Arts in Düsseldorf. They were the winners of the eponymous college competition on the subject ‘mobile future’.

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Passages Bauhaus – City, Bahnhofsstraße, Performance: Barbara Berti, 10.5.2019 / Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Photo: Marie-Christin Schlang
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Passages Bauhaus – City, Bauhausstraße, 11.5.2019 / Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Photo: Ruven Wiegert
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Passages Bauhaus – City, Seminarplatz, Performance: Barbara Berti, 10.5.2019 / Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Photo: Marie-Christin Schlang
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Passages Bauhaus – City, Seminarplatz, Performance: Barbara Berti, 10.5.2019 / Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Photo: Marie Longjaloux
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Passages Bauhaus – City, Bahnhof, 5.5.2019 / Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Photo: Ruven Wiegert
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Passages Bauhaus – City, Bahnhof, 5.5.2019 / Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Photo: Ruven Wiegert
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Passages Bauhaus – City, Bahnhofsvorplatz, Performance: Barbara Berti, 10.5.2019 / Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Photo: Marie Longjaloux
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Passages Bauhaus – City, Fürst-Leopold-Carré, 5.5.2019 / Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Photo: Ruven Wiegert
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Passages Bauhaus – City, Fürst-Leopold-Caré, 5.5.2019 / Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Photo: Ruven Wiegert
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Passages Bauhaus – City, Theaterplatz, 10.5.2019 / Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Photo: Marie-Christin Schlang
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Passages Bauhaus – City, Theaterplatz, Performance: Barbara Berti, 10.5.2019 / Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Photo: Marie Longjaloux
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Passages Bauhaus – City, Antoinettenstraße, Performance: Barbara Berti, 10.5.2019 / Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Photo: Marie Longjaloux

Objects in motion:

Thu, 3 October, 11 am – 5pm
Sat, 5 October, 11 am – 5pm
Sun, 6 October, 11 am – 5pm
Thu, 31 October, 11 am – 5pm

Sat, 2 November, 11 am – 5pm
Sun, 3 November, 11 am – 5pm (end of the exhibition)