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Past exhibition: Special Exhibition

Bauhaus #itsalldesign

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.

See our calendar for events and workshops here