original bauhaus

the centenary exhibition

6 Sep 2019 – 27 Jan 2020
Berlinische Galerie

The Bauhaus existed for only 14 years in Germany, but for 100 years its ideas have now been passed on and its products relaunched, imitated and further developed. Marking the centenary of the Bauhaus’s founding, the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung’s exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie presented famous, familiar and forgotten Bauhaus originals and recounting the history behind the objects. Around 1,000 exhibits were on display: art and design from the Bauhaus-Archiv’s collection, exceptional loans from international collections and artistic positions which take a new look at the Bauhaus legacy.

On the basis of 14 key objects, the exhibition develops 14 case histories: How did the woman sitting on the tubular-steel chair become the most famous anonymous figure from the Bauhaus? Does the Haus am Horn in Weimar have a secret twin? Why have Marianne Brandt’s tea infusers which were created as prototypes for industrial production always remained one-of-a-kind pieces? original bauhaus sheds light on how unique work and series, remake and original are inseparably linked in the history of the Bauhaus. This is because Bauhaus artists did not see art and technology as opposed to each other. Instead, they used technical innovations to create exceptional works of art, and they took serial production into account from the moment they began drafting their designs. Today there have been almost 100 years of responses to the Bauhaus, as compared to 14 years of Bauhaus production. Reproductions, re-editions and remakes have made the Bauhaus the 20th century’s most influential school of architecture, design and art.

In cooperation with the Bauhaus Agents programme, the exhibition invited visitors to try authentic exercises from the preliminary course of the Bauhaus. International experts from the fields of dance, photography, architecture, paper art or Breatheology were offering “preliminary course” workshops every Sunday.

The exhibition was accompanied by a symposium, artist interviews and movie nights featuring Bauhaus films. The programme included the publication of a catalogue and the original bauhaus workbook – the first-ever compilation of the most important exercises from the preliminary course.

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The centenary exhibition by Berlin’s Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung in cooperation with the Berlinische Galerie was supported by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe and the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

In the context of 100 Years of Bauhaus

Media partners: Wall, Weltkunst, Tagesspiegel, RadioEINS, arte, Inforadio (rbb), tip Berlin, ZITTY, EXBERLINER.

original bauhaus übungsbuch

original bauhaus übungsbuch

Practice means gaining experience

3 questions for the editors and the designer of the original bauhaus workbook: Nina Wiedemeyer, Friederike Holländer and Sarah Lamparter

Renate Buser, Stairway Bauhaus Dessau, for "original bauhaus", 2019, two-part installation

Renate Buser, Stairway Bauhaus Dessau, for "original bauhaus", 2019, two-part installation

At original bauhaus, the Swiss artist Renate Buser is showing a large-scale photographic installation of the famous staircase at the Bauhaus Dessau.

On 12 December postcards with Renate Buser's installation can be sent from the exhibition - we will take care of the postage!

7 x bauhaus

7 x bauhaus

7 x bauhaus

Video installation for "original bauhaus"

Erika Babatz, Aus der Serie "Abysaal", Abysaal 30, 2012, Fotogramm auf Bromsilber-Barytpapier, 18 x 12 cm, Papier © Erika Babatz

Erika Babatz, Aus der Serie "Abysaal", Abysaal 30, 2012, Fotogramm auf Bromsilber-Barytpapier, 18 x 12 cm, Papier © Erika Babatz

Wonders of chemistry and light

The photo artist Erika Babatz taught one of the workshops as part of the exhibition original bauhaus. Here she talks about the magic of the photogram and its significance for the Bauhaus.