Small chair models, Bauhaus_RaumLabor 2013

bauhaus_RaumLabor 2014-2015

In April 2014, the bauhaus_SpaceLab started a museum education project entitled ‘Going Beyond Boundaries’ in collaboration with the Pestalozzi–Fröbel House (PFH) and the PUMPE cultural centre for young people. Some 150 children aged from 5 to12 are going to be busy for a whole year in workshops dealing with the topic of ‘boundaries’, with extracurricular learning activities that are relevant to everyday life.

Exhibition objects and the architecture of the Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin form the starting-point for an engagement with boundaries in art and in the designed life-world – exploring lines, surfaces, shapes, colour, material qualities and light effects. Buildings and objects designed at the Bauhaus are reduced in form and material according to their function. This makes it easier for children to transfer art and design into their everyday world, and vice versa. In the PFH institutions and PUMPE cultural centre, children are then able to go into greater detail in testing, perceiving and establishing boundaries. They can learn how to make aspects of boundaries visible to themselves and others and how to test out their own boundaries. During the final project week in the PUMPE cultural centre, all of the project participants will be putting together a stage performance dealing with the topic. ‘Beyond Boundaries’ is sponsored by the ‘Arts Open Up Worlds’ programme run by the German Federal Association for Cultural Education for Children and Young People (Bundesvereinigung Kulturelle Kinder- und Jugendbildung e.V., BKJ). The programme is financed from funds from the ‘Kultur macht stark’ programme run by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

The Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung has been collaborating on the bauhaus_SpaceLab project with the Pestalozzi–Fröbel House and various sponsors and partners since 2009. The aim of the workshops is to bring pre-school and primary school children into initial contact with the works and ideas of Bauhaus artists. The children come to the museum and museum educationalists go to the children’s institutions, so that the museum content is linked to the children’s everyday life through the workshop topics.

The bauhaus_SpaceLab (Raumlabor) project was the winner in the section on ‘Fine Arts, Architecture and Cultural History’ in the ‘Kinder zum Olymp 2013/14’ competition held by the German Federal Cultural Foundation.

Concept: Katharina Stahlhoven, architect
Project coordination: Bärbel Mees
Collaborating partner: Jugend im Museum e.V. (since 2015), Pestalozzi-Fröbel-Haus