The new Bauhaus Museum in Weimar has opened as part of Germany’s celebrations of the centenary of the revolutionary art and design school.
To mark the 100 years since the birth of the Bauhaus movement, Germany resorted and renovated its existing Bauhaus buildings and opened new museums. The first is the Bauhaus Museum in Weimar, eastern Germany, the birthplace of the legendary design school. Designed by the architect Heike Hanada, the minimalistic, cube-shaped museum with its impressive night-time illumination, is the first dedicated space for showcasing the collection of work created in Weimar between 1919 and 1925 (before the school was expelled to Dessau following pressure from the Nazi party).
“When the Bauhaus Museum joins Weimar’s museum landscape, the world will be watching,” said Hellmut Seemann, president of Klassik Stiftung Weimar. “We have opened a new window – for the presentation of the Bauhaus, its prehistory in Weimar and its enormous impact after it was expelled from Weimar.”
The Bauhaus Museum (Klassik Stiftung Weimar) will be the centrepiece of the newly emerging quarter of modernism in Weimar. In addition to the permanent collections offering nuanced insights into German life the exhibitions Van de Velde, Nietzsche and Modernism around 1900 will be staged at the neighbouring Neues Museum Weimar and a new show will run at the Haus Am Horn, a domestic house designed by the Bauhaus school that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Bauhaus school’s two other homes, in Dessau and Berlin, are also getting new museums, with Dessau’s launching in September and Berlin’s in 2020.
Bauhaus was a school of modernist design that became one of the most influential art movements of the 20th century. While the Bauhaus School in Germany was only active for 14 years, its emphasis on functional design and modern architecture sparked innovative works in architecture, design, dance, theatre and more. With three campuses in Germany, the school was founded in Weimar in 1919 by Walter Gropius, developed further in Dessau, but was suppressed by the Nazis in Berlin in 1933.
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