Programme Opening Weekend in Dessau

23 to 25 September 2016 in Dessau

90 years Bauhaus buildings in Dessau


5 – 6 p.m. Bauhaus building/Auditorium

Opening address
Claudia Perren, Director of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and
Robert Reck, Councillor for Economy and Culture, municipal council of Dessau-Roßlau

Words of welcome
Reiner Haseloff, Minister President of the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt
Tom Maasen, Cultural Attaché of the Royal Dutch Embassy Berlin
Hartwig Lüdtke, Vice President of the German Commission for UNESCO

“Bauhaus – Van Nelle Tour”, Werner Möller and Monika Markgraf
Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

6 – 8 p.m. “Bauhaus – Van Nelle Tour”
Bus from the Bauhaus building

  • Stop 1
    Dessau-Törten Estate versus the Kiefhoek housing estate, Rotterdam
    with refreshments at pop-up shop
  • Stop 2
    Gropius House versus Sonneveld House
    Visiting the directors, with tea ceremony and reading of correspondence
  • Stop 3
    Bauhaus building
    Exhibition “Simultaneity of Modernism”.

From 8 p.m. Dutch get-together
Bauhaus building/ Canteen


Architectural Tours

  • Historical Employment Office

  • House Anton

  • Leopold Fischer

  • Bauhaus Buildiung

  • Masters' Houses

  • Dessau-Törten Housing Estate


Panels and Lectures

  • Bauhaus – Van Nelle Tour / Round trip
    The tour leads to the three locations in which the Bauhaus building, the Gropius House and the Dessau-Törten Estate come into contact with their counterparts in Rotterdam
  • The Bauhaus buildings in Dessau and Simultaneity of Modernism / Lecture and reading from the new Bauhaus pocket books.

City Walks

Discover the open spaces of the Bauhaus city with guided tours.

  • Talk Walk / A look back at new housing estates
    Art and performance-based walk through the Dessau-Törten Estate
  • Talk Walk / Successful failure; through failure to success
    Art and performance-based walk through the Dessau-Törten Estate
  • Scenic guided tour / Hope is the last thing we lose
    Staged with actors from the independent scene
  • Cycle tour on the Junkers Trail
    Meeting point: Market square, Dessau (I-Point).


Open Spaces/Movement

  • Parkcycle Swarm by N55 & TILL WOLFER  / Collective intervention
    Collective intervention in public space. The PARKCYCLE SWARMs are mobile spatial structures, ideal for micro galleries, temporary guestrooms, readings, mobile music stages, happenings, etc.
  • Parkcycle Swarm by N55 & TILL WOLFER / Free
    On your bike! Cycling through public urban space
  • Mobility in the Bauhaus city
    Mobility concepts for urban space by students
    Meeting point: Roundabout by the Masters’ Houses to the historic Employment Office
  • Exercise/Yoga
    Adopting the tradition of physical education as an important part of the Bauhaus’s endeavours to reform the way of living, visitors are invited to join a Yoga class on the Bauhaus lawn.


Families, Children and Young People

  • Schoolchildren show their housing estate
  • “Open space designer” / Architecture workshop for young people aged 12 and over
  • “The night sky in Gropius’s day”
  • “Who lives in white cubes?” / Reading for children aged 6 and over
  • Football on the Bauhaus lawn/ For Bauhauslers under 10 years of age.


Cooking, Curiosities and Cinema

  • Bauhaus dinner / Homage to Gunta Stölzl
    The exclusive evening event takes a philosophical look at open spaces, focusing on the Bauhausler Gunta Stölzl and her time at the Bauhaus. In the company of descendants of the Bauhaus master.
  • Triennial brunch – Mazdaznan food
  • Masters of cinema / Open air cinema
  • Snack point “Walter Gropius”
    The snack point is an ideal place to rest, eat and pass the time
  • Pop-up shop / Plant market/ Café “Törten-Treff”
    Temporary shop based on a garden theme and a place to meet and chat in the garden of the Steel House.


  • Light art
  • 90 years Bauhaus building/ Temporary installations
  • “360° Bauhaus” / Steadicam journey through the Bauhaus building.