The Staatliches Bauhaus art school is founded in the central German city of Weimar by Walter Gropius. A fundamental aspect of its founding philosophy is to incorporate Modernism, fine art and craft into a holistic, “total” work of art.
Hannes Meyer succeeds Gropius as the director of the school, which moved to the town of Dessau in 1925, and oversees the construction of some of its most celebrated buildings. The school is able to turn its first profit, largely due to Meyer’s cost-cutting measures.
The school comes under the direction of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and eventually moves from Dessau to Berlin two years later. Unfortunately, it is only operational until 1933, when it is pressured to close as World War II breaks out in the region.
The Bauhaus Archive, a museum dedicated to photographs, documents and other materials associated with the famed architectural movement, debuts in Berlin. While currently closed for construction work, it will open its doors again in 2022.
For its centenary, Bauhaus celebrations are planned across Germany with the theme “Rethink the World”. Events include the construction of three new museums in Weimar, Dessau and Berlin, exhibitions, a dance performance and a symposium.
This article was originally published in the January 2019 issue of SilverKris magazine