"Taking a Stand?"

Bauhaus and Modernity under National Socialism, in Emigration or Exile and in Divided Germany

International Symposium
29/30 November 2019, Berlinische Galerie

In the context of original bauhaus

100 years after the historic Bauhaus was founded, the optimism and experimental spirit that characterised housing construction and policy in the Weimar Republic were replaced by profit maximisation and neo-liberal urban planning. In view of the ever-increasing problem of "affordable housing", politicians in particular long for the Bauhaus and associate it with a "social attitude" that is viewed as sorely lacking today.

This forms the point of departure for the symposium. It focuses on the Bauhaus and modernity in the field of tension of politics and economy. It asks how the "social attitude" identified with Bauhaus and modernity, and the associated emancipatory impetus, seeking to shape and change society, became operative in the Weimar Republic. And it considers how these were reflected and transformed in the work of Bauhaus and Neues Bauen architects and Bauhaus designers in the context of various political and economic systems and social formations after the National Socialists seized power.

With contributions by students as part of the Bauhaus Agents programme

Concept: Andrea Bärnreuther, Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung

More information and Call for Papers