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about bauhaus

Season 1

What do people think when they hear the word “Bauhaus”? Glass, concrete and steel? Circles, squares and triangles? There are so many clichés and legends attached to the Bauhaus – sometimes it’s almost impossible to separate these from what the Bauhaus truly was. Facts are often taken out of context or subjectively interpreted. But which ones are true or which aren’t? In “About Bauhaus”, the podcast by the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, art historian Adriana Kapsreiter takes a closer look at the most famous “Bauhaus legends” and clichés in an attempt to paint a more multifaceted picture of this famous school. The podcast presents stories and anecdotes in historical order and examines how they relate to social issues today.
Each episode features a special guest: Bauhaus experts who have studied the subject in a professional context for years, as well as individuals who are strongly anchored in today’s cultural sector or who are connected to the Bauhaus in other ways, such through art, writing or music. For example, in an episode with curator Kristin Bartels, the conversation focuses on important Bauhaus works and the first presentation of the collection. In another, photographer Sven Marquardt discusses his views on art, experimentation and life beyond “dead conventions”. In each episode, these Bauhaus highlights are examined from two perspectives, providing well-versed insiders with new insights and Bauhaus newcomers with an introduction to fascinating topics.

Episode 1: Raumwelten und Zeitreisen – Das Bauhaus und die 1920er, with set designer Uli Hanisch
Episode 2: Wie ein Stuhl die Welt verändert: Möbeldesign und Stahlrohr am Bauhaus, with curator Kristin Bartels
Episode 3: "Keine Kunst von Beruf": Ausbildung am Bauhaus, with photographer Sven Marquardt
Episodee 4: Was macht kreativ? Über den Bauhaus-Vorkurs, with curator Nina Wiedemeyer
Episode 5: "Der Glaube an den Rausch": Bauhaus Feste, mit Erika Babatz, photographer and Photo Service employee
Episode 6: "Sage mir wie du feierst und ich sage dir, wer du bist": Bauhaus-Feste & Identitäten, with drag queen Jurassica Parka
Episode 7: "Bauhaus women or Bau-housewifes?" About women at the Bauhaus and their history
Episode 8: "Bob and Rebellion": Women at the Bauhaus, then and now
Episode 9: “Bauhaus style“?? About Bauhaus architecture and modern clichés
Episode 10: “More than the sum of its parts“: Living and working together in Modernism

Season 2

The Bauhaus was a legendary model and mosaic of modernism. Its enthusiasm for experimentation continues to inspire us and spark the imagination of artists, cultural producers and researchers to this day.
In the second season of about bauhaus, art historian Adriana Kapsreiter and her guests discuss life at the famous school for every year it existed – from 1919 to its abrupt end in 1933. The podcast highlights the important milestones of each year as well as lesser known developments related to the Bauhaus. The discussion focuses on experiments and the question: What was really new at the Bauhaus?
In season two we leave the sound studio and make our way to the original venues of the pioneering school in Weimar and Dessau. We visit artists’ studios, theatres, museums and other key locations of the Weimar Republic. And the guests are just as fascinating as the locations themselves.

Episode 1: 1919: The Spirit of Revolution - Foundation in Weimar, with singer and theater maker Schorsch Kamerun
Episode 2: 1920: Workshop fantasies? Hand & Craft at the Bauhaus
Episode 3: 1921: The Painters of Expression – Expressionism & Bauhaus
Episode 4: 1922: Spirituality or New Spirit? Esoterism at the Bauhaus
Episode 5: 1923: Art & Technology: a new unity
Episode 6: 1924: Form & Life, with Nina Sieverding and Anton Rahlwes
Episode 7: 1925: The Book as Stage and Atlas

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