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Bauhaus Centennial highlights German movement

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posted January 14, 2019
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This year, the world will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus Movement. This influential arts movement traces its origins to Weimer, Germany, when Walter Gropius took over as head of the city’s Academy of Fine Arts in 1919.

In the school’s 14-year heyday, the innovative and controversial academy became the most influential art and design school in the world. Hundreds of renowned designers, architects, sculptors and visual artists were trained at the prestigious university, which boasted an acclaimed faculty that included masters such as Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee.

The Bauhaus style blended elements of fine arts with traditional arts and crafts, and it led to the advancement of avant-garde art and modernism. Because the style impacted both architecture and visual arts, it quickly caught on across Europe and North America and dominated design themes throughout the 1920s and 1930s.

A number of events will be held throughout 2019 to commemorate the lasting impact of the movement. This month the celebration kicks off with Opening Festival: 100 years of Bauhaus. A week’s worth of activities will take place at venues across Berlin starting Jan. 16. Bauhaus-Archiv, the organizing museum, will play host to a number of performances and exhibits.

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Wassily Chairs in the Dessau Academy (Photo by: CC
Wikimedia Commons/Spyrosdrakopoulos: bit.ly/2Gae20l)

One of the highlights of the anniversary will be the opening of the new Bauhaus Museum Weimer this April. The attraction will house the largest collection of works and information pertaining to the move-ment, and specific exhibits about the early years will be featured during the opening.

The museum also will be one of three sites for the Triennale of Modernism, a program that will take place on consecutive weekends in cities related to that early academy. Triennale kicks off in Weimer Sept. 26–29, then will be held in Dessau Oct. 4–6 before moving to Berlin for its finale Oct. 11–13.

A number of additional exhibits, activities and events will take place at other sites in Germany, as well as in cities ranging from London and Rotterdam to Moscow and Chicago.

For more information go to bauhaus100.com, or contact any of NTA's Germany-based members:

Top photo: Staircase in the Weimer Academy
Photo by CC Wikimedia Commons/CEPhoto-UWE Aranas: bit.ly/2UuyITV