Two major innovations provide must-see destinations. The newly-built bauhaus museum weimar has a ground-breaking exhibition, with treasures never displayed before showcasing the early history, development and legacy of the Bauhaus. Walter Gropius himself laid the foundation for the collection back in the 1920s (from April 6th). In the fall, a second space opens: the brand-new Bauhaus Museum Dessau. Here, you can tour the Foundation's valuable collection. With 49,000 pieces, this is the world’s second largest collection of Bauhaus works. But the museum will look forward as well as back, examining Bauhaus themes in the context of the 21st century (from September 8th).
In Gera, home town of Expressionist painter Otto Dix, the Haus Schulenburg is a fine Art Nouveau villa turned art gallery. This year, special shows are devoted to Bauhaus pioneer Henry van de Velde (March 15th 2019 - February 15th, 2020) and Thilo Schoder, one of van de Velde’s students and friends (October 14th– January 15th 2020. From 1929-1931, German/American painter and Bauhaus master Lyonel Feininger was commissioned to paint Halle (Saale)’s most important landmarks. The new Feininger Audiowalk traces his artistic footsteps. Pick up the English-language audio-guide/app at the tourist office. The walk ends at the Moritzburg Art Museum, where three of Feininger’s eleven Halle paintings are on display.
The early Bauhaus professors and students were known for their wild parties – and wild ideas. Dessau hosts Bühne TOTAL (September 11th - 15th, 2019), an experimental theater festival. During the five days of performances, the highlight is the world premiere of Violet, one of the “Color Operas” created by Bauhaus artist and musician Wassily Kandinsky in 1926. Think avant garde music with changing backdrops of red, blue and violet. Wild!
As well as in Thuringia and Saxony-Anhalt, the Bauhaus effect is visible worldwide, from New York’s Seagram Building and Tel Aviv’s White City to Toronto’s TD Centre and Chicago’s Crown Hall. But as that heritage celebrates its centenary, head for BauhausLand, where the movement began. Once there, the deeper you dig, the more you find!