On Collecting:
The City as Habitat. Critical Perspectives on the Living Conditions of Bauhaus Members 1920–1933

18 June – 22 Nov 2020
Bauhaus Museum Dessau,
Black Box

At the Bauhaus, not only urban space was the subject of plan­ning and design projects. In their free artistic and from the mid­ 1920s on also increasingly photographic works, students dealt with the city in a critical way. To them, the city was inter­esting as a dwelling, living and working space with intact social conditions but also as a space for people living on the social fringes ­ and as a place for po­litical argument.

Albert Hennig’s 1930 photo­graphs of workers’ quarters in Leipzig take centre stage for this Intermezzo. They are sup­plemented by works by Irena Blühova, Reinhold Rossig, Carl Marx, Hinnerk Scheper and other Bauhauslers.

Irena Blühová, Fuhrmann II, 1932 / Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau (I 2859 a F)
Albert Hennig, Vor dem Arbeitsamt in Leipzig, 1930 / Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau (I 11933 F) / © (Albert Hennig) ­Friedeburg Liebig
Albert Hennig, Kinder der Straße II (Seeburgviertel Leipzig), 1930 / Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau (I 11931 F) / © (Albert Hennig) ­Friedeburg Liebig
Albert Hennig, Schwieriger Umzug im Seeburgviertel Leipzig, 1932 / Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau (I 11945 F) / © (Albert Hennig) ­Friedeburg Liebig
Albert Hennig, In der „Speiseanstalt“ in der Leipziger Münzgasse (Suppenschmiede) II, 1930 (Abzug um 1980) / tiftung Bauhaus Dessau (I 11929 F) / © Friedeburg Liebig / Image by Google
unbekannt, Bauhäusler in der Mittagspause auf der Terrasse des Bauhausgebäudes, 1931 / Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau (I 931 F)
Erich Borchert, o. T. (Häuser in der Stadt), 1928 / Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau (I 18097 G)  / Foto (Reproduktion): Uwe Jacobshagen
Erich Borchert, Studie II zum Industriebild XIII, 1928 / Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau (I 509 G)