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100 years of Bauhaus

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Bauhaus Celebrations in Thuringia in 2019

Erfurt, 4.3.2019 – In 2019, the German federal state of Thuringia will mark the occasion of 100 years of the Bauhaus. The travel destination will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus, which initiated the revolution of design in its birthplace, the city of Weimar, back in 1919. Weimar was the location in which the most important and influential school of design in the 20th century was founded by Walter Gropius, who named it the “Staatliches Bauhaus”. The school is considered to be the origin and pioneer of classical modernism. In a period of just 14 years, it developed into the most important university for art and design in the 20th century, first in Weimar and then also in Dessau and Berlin at a later point in time. A multitude of Bauhaus sites in Thuringia promise to offer plenty of exciting discoveries in the upcoming anniversary year.

Weimar – the home of the Bauhaus
The Staatliches Bauhaus was founded by Walter Gropius in the city of Weimar in 1919. As the Director of the new university of design, Walter Gropius was able to attract international avant-garde artists such as Lyonel Feininger, Johannes Itten, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and László Moholy-Nagy to Weimar. Before Gropius, Henry van de Velde had laid the foundation for the development of the Bauhaus with his Grand Ducal School of Arts and Crafts.

The opening of the new “Bauhaus- Museum Weimar”
The “Klassik Stiftung Weimar” foundation will open the “Bauhaus- Museum Weimar” at 6th April 2019, right on time for the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar. The museum, which is situated on the site on which the Staatliches Bauhaus was founded, will act as a reminder of the early Weimar phase of the most important school of art and design of the 20th century. The “Klassik Stiftung Weimar” foundation owns a unique collection of exhibits representing the prehistory, history and lasting impact of the Staatliches Bauhaus. The collection currently contains approximately 13,000 items that fall into a wide variety of different categories. It is one of the most important Bauhaus collections in the world in terms of both its size and quality. As one of the three main collectors of Bauhaus items in Germany and a member of the Bauhaus Association 2019, the “Klassik Stiftung Weimar” foundation will, among others, organise two major exhibitions on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus. “Intersections. 100 Years of the Bauhaus – Modernism – the Present” at the “bauhaus museum weimar” and “The Awakening of Modernism” at the “New Museum Weimar” will be open at 6th April 2019 onwards.

The Bauhaus in Weimar
Famous Bauhaus relics that are well worth a visit in Weimar also include the “Haus am Horn”, the former School of Arts and Crafts and the Feiningerkirche church in the district of Gelmeroda. Visitors can additionally choose to go on a guided Bauhaus walk on which they can get to know the impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Weimar and experience the past and present of the current Bauhaus University up close and in person. They can also gain a comprehensive overview of the Bauhaus in Weimar by going on one of the special guided tours provided by students from the Bauhaus University at 2pm every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. The highlight of these tours is a visit to the Bauhaus University, where students show visitors its different rooms and take them to the famous Director's Office once used by Walter Gropius.

Exploring the traces of the Bauhaus in Thuringia
Visitors can additionally experience impressive encounters with the history and the characteristic architecture of the Bauhaus in towns and cities located to the east and west of the UNESCO World Heritage City of Weimar. Locations such as Jena, Erfurt, Apolda, Gera and Probstzella are also making the most of the anniversary year as a reason to celebrate, with special exhibitions, art projects, themed tours and other experiences and activities inviting visitors to explore the traces of the Bauhaus throughout Thuringia.

Private residential buildings in Jena
The city of Jena is home to the private residential buildings known as “Haus Auerbach” and “Haus Zuckerkandl”, both of which were once constructed by Gropius and have been carefully renovated and preserved in their original form. On a stroll through the modern university city, visitors are sure to notice the “Abbeanum” institute and the student services building in the “Philosophenweg”, both of which feature architecture inspired by the Bauhaus style.

The hand-weaving mill of a Bauhaus student in Erfurt
The manufacturer Alfred Hess provided the city of Erfurt with a highly visible example of “New Building” architecture when he commissioned the conversion of different commercial buildings that still form part of the Erfurt cityscape today. Another attraction in Erfurt that is well worth a visit is the home of the Bauhaus artist Margaretha Reichardt and its workshop containing original hand looms that are still used for artistic work in the present day.

Gera and Probstzella also provide interesting insights into the Bauhaus in Thuringia
Even more fascinating relics that bear witness to the history of the Bauhaus can be found in Gera and Probstzella. Most of the historic monuments dating back to the Bauhaus period in Thuringia are located in Gera, while the Haus des Volkes in Probstzella is Thuringia's largest hotel and restaurant building in Bauhaus style. Bauhaus fans can even choose to actually spend the night in the building, which has not only been reopened as a hotel but is also used as a museum and exhibition venue.

More information on the Bauhaus and on modern art in Thuringia can be found in the new “Bauhaus” brochure, which can be ordered from the Thuringia Tourist Board on the hotline +49 361 37420 or online at www.visit-thuringia.com or www.bauhaus100.de.

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