Germany is celebrating a major anniversary this year: the 100th birthday of the Bauhaus art and design movement.
Throughout the year, BahausLand, the tourism region where the idea was born, will be celebrating with exhibitions, performances, music, dance and other events. The epicenter of the celebrations will be the German federal states Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt, especially the cities of Weimar and Dessau.
The art school was operational from 1919 to 1933, when it closed under pressure from the Nazi regime. But many of its most notable teachers, known especially for their modernist architecture and simple approach to art and design, emigrated to other countries to spread the philosophy.
From the Tel Aviv White City to the Toronto TD Center to New York City’s Seagram Building, the Bauhaus influence can be seen in buildings all over the world.
For a look at some of these structures, click on the photo gallery above.
Here are a few notable events going on throughout the year:
- The newly-built Bauhaus-Museum-Weimar has an exhibition starting April 6 with never-before displayed treasures showcasing the early history, development and legacy of the movement. Starting Sept. 8, the Bauhaus Museum Dessau will open. The foundation has a collection with 49,000 pieces. It is the world’s second largest collection of Bauhaus works. Info: Bauhausmuseumweimar.de/en/ and Bauhaus-dessau.de/opening-bauhaus-museum-dessau.html
- In Gera, the hometown of Expressionist painter Otto Dix, the Haus Schulenburg is a fine Art Nouveau villa turned art gallery. Special shows from March 15 this year to Feb. 15, 2020 will be devoted to Bauhaus pioneer Henry van de Velde, who designed the building and interior. From Oct. 14 to Jan. 15, 2020, another show will be devoted to Thilo Schoder, one of van de Velde’s students. Info: Haus-schulenburg-gera.de/years-of-bauhaus
- From Sept. 11 to 15, Dessau will host Buhne TOTAL, an experimental theater festival. It will highlight the world premiere of Violet, one of the “Color Operas” created by Bauhaus artist and musician Wassily Kandinsky in 1926. Info: Bauhaus-dessau.de/bauhaus-dessau-festivals.html
- The Ultimate Bauhaus-Fan Tour has tips on how to travel through BauhausLand by car. Visitors can fly into Frankfurt and out of Berlin. The towns of Weimar and Dessau are 150 miles apart. Other towns to explore include Jena and Halle. Cycle rides are also popular to see the churches painted by Bauhaus master Lyonel Feininger. Bauhaus hotels are also available. Info: Gobauhaus.com/travel/
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