The museum will participate in the international celebration of 100 years of Bauhaus with the major exhibition Bauhaus #itsalldesign. The exhibition is conceived by the Vitra Design Museum and the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundeskunsthalle) presents a comprehensive overview of design at the Bauhaus for the first time.
Bauhaus #itsalldesign will show rare examples from the fields of design, architecture, art, film and photography. At the same time, it confronts the design of the Bauhaus with current debates and tendencies in design and with the works of contemporary designers, artists and architects. In this way, The Bauhaus #itsalldesign reveals the surprising present-day relevance of a legendary cultural institution.
A century after the school was founded, nearly all design has a relationship to the Bauhaus concept.
What is Bauhaus?
The German Bauhaus school (Staatliches Bauhaus) was founded in 1919 by the German architect Walter Gropius. The goal of the school was to train a new type of designer. Students at the Bauhaus school were required to master a wide range of skills – on top of a strong basis in craftsmanship and artistry they added a knowledge of human psychology, ergonomics and technology for a deep understanding of society. A complete, professional profile.
The influence of Bauhaus has been enormous, despite the school’s short lifespan. Today Bauhaus is an expression that is synonymous with design all over the world. The exhibition also frames Bauhaus as an idealistic project, a cultural movement to create a better daily life for everyone with honest, classless forms and good products that reflected the meeting of art and rational, industrial, and technological manufacturing. Design that created a framework for the community – a dream of humanity without war and conflicts.
Who can you meet?
Bauhaus artists and designers featured in the exhibition include Marianne Brandt, Marcel Breuer, Lyonel Feininger, Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky and many more.
Contemporary participants include the works of Olaf Nicolai, Adrian Sauer, Enzo Mari, Lord Norman Foster, Opendesk, Konstantin Grcic, Hella Jongerius, Alberto Meda and Jerszy Seymour.
Bauhaus and danish design
In an extension of the Bauhaus exhibition, Designmuseum Danmark has also produced its own exhibition “Bauhaus – Danish Design”. This show will emphasize the similarities and differences when two of design history’s central, international currents meet.
A creative room
The heart of the Bauhaus school was its many workshops, where students were encouraged to experiment with the new design processes and create solutions with societal and social goals instead of just beautiful objects.
Take a break in the Bauhaus workshop and try out the Bauhaus school’s methods with a focus on form, colour, and movement.
- The Bauhaus school only existed for 14 years. It was founded in 1919 in Weimar, Germany, moved to Dessau in 1925, and to Berlin in 1932, where it was closed by the Nazis in 1933.
- The school’s founder, German architect Walter Gropius, formulated his vision for the school in a manifesto in 1919. The front page of the manifesto features a medieval cathedral that symbolized the trinity of architecture, painting, and sculpture as equal arts, which were to co-exist with good handicrafts to create the basis for new art and societal forms.
- The Swiss architect Hannes Meyer succeeded Gropius as the leader of the school in 1928. In the 1930s he was succeeded by the German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, who is known for his minimalistic architecture in glass and steel, such as the Barcelona Pavilion from 1929.
- Throughout 2019 the 100-year anniversary of the founding of Bauhaus will be celebrated with events around the world. Read more at https://www.bauhaus100.de/ .
Sponsors and partners:
The exhibition’s global sponsors are Hugo Boss and Mercedes-Benz. Further support came from Land Baden-Württemberg and the Ikea Stiftung.
In Denmark the exhibition is supported by:
Consul George Jorck & his wife Emma Jorck’s Fund.
Knud Højgaards Fund
The Gangsted Fund
The Bauhaus workshop and learning zone is made possible with generous funding from Sportgoodsfonden.
Interior and activities in the workshop are supported by