Art for all. Walter Gropius, the German architect and educator, hated the snobbery of art. In the new Bauhaus school, he aimed to create a new guild of craftsmen, without the hierarchy of fine vs applied arts. His interdisciplinary approach (Gesamtkunstwerk in German) mixed visual arts students and furniture makers, potters and graphic designers and more. The faculty included influential architects, like Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and painters, such as Paul Klee, Lyonel Feininger and Wassily Kandinsky. Ideas flourished; change was in the air; design would never be the same again.
But when it comes to culture, BauhausLand offers even more. This is also the land of J S Bach, Handel and Goethe, local heroes, who changed the worlds of music and literature. See where they lived; eat and drink where they did. Take in cultural highlights: museums and castles; galleries and gardens; edgy art and pop music. Discuss the meaning of culture with locals over a beer, brewed as it was 400 years ago.
BauhausLand, rich not only in design but also in culture, boasts considerable diversity in the arts, culture, and intellectual capital. Discover evidence of the old masters all the way to creative newcomers.
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… the Museums and Theaters of Halle (Saale) and Magdeburg. Halle (Saale) is proud of its status as a center of education and city of culture. Only an hour’s drive from Dessau, these cities have a great variety of attractions. If you prefer parties, the Bauhaus-Fest, Dessau-Rosslau would be ideal.
… historical BauhausLand. Visit the Medieval Town Center of Erfurt only 15 minutes from Weimar by train. If you wish to dig a little deeper into the past, visit Luther House (museum) in Eisenach or plan a trip to the imposing early baroque Friedenstein Castle perched on a hill above the city of Gotha, both an hour’s drive from Weimar. Just GoBauhaus!
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The saxophone wasn’t invented in Saxony-Anhalt (one of your future Bauhaus-trip states), but by a Belgian guy named “Sax”. Nevertheless, Saxony-Anhalt holds some famous orchestral events with fantastic saxophone players.