The Bauhaus Museum Dessau is open

Versuchsstätte Bauhaus. The Collection

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The Bauhaus Museum Dessau is open
12/09/2019 - On 8 September 2019 at around 12.30 pm the doors to the exhibition Versuchsstätte Bauhaus. The Collection at Bauhaus Museum Dessau were officially opened. In a symbolic act the opening ribbon was cut by Dr. Ing. Claudia Perren, Director and Chairman of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, Chancellor Dr. Ing. Angela Merkel and other high-ranking public figures.
Opening Bauhaus Museum Dessau, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Foto: Thomas Meyer

Opening Bauhaus Museum Dessau, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Foto: Thomas Meyer

After only two and a half years of construction, the Bauhaus Museum Dessau opens its doors to visitors. Now for the first time the new building by the Barcelona-based firm addenda architects allows the full range of the collection of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation to be presented and seen.
Bauhaus Museum Dessau by night, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Foto: Thomas Meyer

Bauhaus Museum Dessau by night, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Foto: Thomas Meyer

Bauhaus Museum Dessau is a building within a building, a soaring concrete block enveloped in glass. At the end of 2015 the proposal from Barcelona-based young architectural practice addenda architects won over the jury in the open international competition, which had attracted 831 submissions from all over the world. The architecture stands out for the clarity and simplicity of both the concept and the aesthetics. It is restrained yet persuasive, and the formal vocabulary is a creative take on both the present and Modernism.
Lichtspielhaus by Lucy Raven, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Foto: Thomas Meyer

Lichtspielhaus by Lucy Raven, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Foto: Thomas Meyer

Versuchsstätte Bauhaus. The Collection.
 
The exhibition at the Bauhaus Museum Dessau is titled Versuchsstätte Bauhaus. The Collection. It features over 1,000 exhibits and tells the story of the famous school in Dessau. It describes Bauhaus as a vibrant place where people taught and learned, conducted artistic experiments and worked on industrial prototypes.
Exhibition Versuchsstätte Bauhaus. The Collection – Factory as Horizon, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Foto: Thomas Meyer

Exhibition Versuchsstätte Bauhaus. The Collection – Factory as Horizon, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Foto: Thomas Meyer

With a total of about 49,000 objects, the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation’s collection is the second largest Bauhaus collection world-wide – and one of the newest: The first purchase was made in 1976 when the Bauhaus Building was reopened as “Wissenschaftlich-Kulturelles Zentrum” in the former GDR. Since then, new objects have regularly been added. Student works, teaching notes, drafts and prototypes from the workshops in particular define the character of the collection.
Exhibition Versuchsstätte Bauhaus. The Collection – Nordraum, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Foto: Thomas Meyer

Exhibition Versuchsstätte Bauhaus. The Collection – Nordraum, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Foto: Thomas Meyer

For this reason, the exhibition Versuchsstätte Bauhaus does not focus primarily on the famed design icons and the masters, but rather the school and the students: the daily reality of learning and teaching between the poles of creative design and industrial prototype production, artistic experiment and economic pressure, educational institution and emancipatory aspiration. The individual thematic sections concentrate on the teaching concept and the instruction provided, on the Bauhaus as a versatile “testing ground”, as a partner that cooperated with industry, and as a bustling and imaginative communicator.
Exhibition Versuchsstätte Bauhaus. The Collection – Nordraum, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Foto: Thomas Meyer

Exhibition Versuchsstätte Bauhaus. The Collection – Nordraum, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Foto: Thomas Meyer

The exhibition derives the Bauhaus design ideas with which we are so familiar today from the historical context, and at the same time does not omit mentioning the crises and constraining factors under which the epoch-making school fought to survive. In a climate of political change and cultural uncertainty, the Bauhaus community, a worldwide network, questioned the customary conventions of teaching, coexistence and gender relations. Similarly, in Dessau the school did not receive unequivocal support, but also faced criticism. Versuchsstätte Bauhaus highlights the many conflicts involved in the tussle to ensure art and design gained social relevance.
Exhibition Versuchsstätte Bauhaus. The Collection – Su¨draum, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Foto: Thomas Meyer

Exhibition Versuchsstätte Bauhaus. The Collection – Su¨draum, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Foto: Thomas Meyer

For the exhibition Versuchsstätte Bauhaus in the Black Box of the Bauhaus Museum Dessau, curated by Regina Bittner, Dorothée Brill and Wolfgang Thöner, the Berlin office chezweitz developed a scenography of changing modes of showing. It makes the complexity of the Bauhaus school a spatial experience.
Exhibition Versuchsstätte Bauhaus. The Collection – Su¨draum, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Foto: Thomas Meyer

Exhibition Versuchsstätte Bauhaus. The Collection – Su¨draum, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, Foto: Thomas Meyer

 
Visit the Bauhaus Museum Dessau
 
Special opening hours 9 September – 31 October
Daily 9 am – 6 pm

Opening hours from 1 November 2019
daily 10 am – 5 pm
 
Adress: Bauhaus Museum Dessau
Mies-van-der-Rohe-Platz 1
06844 Dessau-Roßlau
 
More Information on: www.bauhaus-dessau.de

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