original bauhaus

the centenary exhibition

6/9/2019 – 27/1/2020
Berlinische Galerie
Alte Jakobstraße 124-128, Berlin-Kreuzberg

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 is presenting famous, familiar and forgotten Bauhaus originals and recounting the history behind the objects. Around 1,000 exhibits are 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 invites visitors to try authentic exercises from the preliminary course of the Bauhaus. International experts from the fields of dance, photography, architecture, paper art or Breathology are offering “preliminary course” workshops every Sunday.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a symposium, artist interviews and movie nights featuring Bauhaus films. The programme includes 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 is 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.

Marianne Brandt, Tea Infuser, 1924. © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn / Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, photo: Fred Kraus

Marianne Brandt, Tea Infuser, 1924. © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn / Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, photo: Fred Kraus

Information for visitors

Opening hours of the Berlinische Galerie, tickets & public transport

Oskar Schlemmer, Details from Triadic Ballet, Rod dance, Gesture dance, 1922–1928, photographs by Karl Grill / © Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln, Erich Consemüller / © Dr Stephan Consemüller; T. Lux Feininger / © Estate of T. Lux Feininger/Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin

Oskar Schlemmer, Details from Triadic Ballet, Rod dance, Gesture dance, 1922–1928, photographs by Karl Grill / © Deutsches Tanzarchiv Köln, Erich Consemüller / © Dr Stephan Consemüller; T. Lux Feininger / © Estate of T. Lux Feininger/Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin

Accompanying programme

Guided tours, workshops, movie nights, artist talk, symposium

Takehiko Mizutani, Three-part sculpture from Albers’s preliminary course, 1927 / Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, photo: Fotostudio Bartsch

Takehiko Mizutani, Three-part sculpture from Albers’s preliminary course, 1927 / Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, photo: Fotostudio Bartsch

Handicapped-accessible education programme

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.