Bauhaus Dessau

Bauhaus Residency

Gabi Schillig in the House Gropius, 2017, Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

Contemporary Artists in the Masters’ Houses

In the 1920s, the artists of the international avant-garde lived next door to one another in the complex of Masters’ Houses. In 2016, contemporary artists returned to the scene.

The Bauhaus Residency enables artists from all over the world to live and work in the Masters’ Houses. Each multi-week residency also focuses on an artistic-investigative approach to the annual theme of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation (2016 Movement, 2017 Substance, 2018 Standard). Each Bauhaus Residency ends with a work presentation and every artist leaves one work behind in the Gropius House. The exhibition Gropius House || Contemporary in Gropius House is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.

Bauhaus Residency 2018 – Standard

The Bauhaus Dessau Foundation’s annual theme for 2018, Standard, will focus on the conversation about types, norms and comparability. How do standards determine artistic production and perception? What about the presumed duality of the clarity of architecture and design on the one hand, and the ambiguity and provocative nature of art on the other? What opportunities and options, but also restrictions, does standardisation present for art production today? The Bauhaus Residency artists will pursue these questions during their time in the Masters’ Houses.


As part of the Shared Residency with Florida International University, Markus Hoffmann, Bauhaus Residency Artist 2017, will be in Miami as a guest from September to December 2018.

Bauhaus Residency 2017 – Substance

“First we seek contact with material…” stated Josef Albers, looking back at his pedagogical work at the Bauhaus. In his preliminary course, students worked freely with all kinds of materials in order to develop a new approach to form and design. He had students actively refine their senses through tactile experiments in order to discover the world anew.

In 2017 the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation focuses on the dialogue between material and design in its approach to the theme Substance: It addresses the substance of ideas, substance as matter and material, substantial forms, the conservation of substance and the substance of the Bauhaus as an institution. Each Bauhaus Residency takes an artistic-investigative approach to substance in the current digital age.

Artists of the Bauhaus Residency 2016