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From Weimar to the world: The Bauhaus as a cultural ambassador for Germany

Global connections: the Bauhaus in the world

Global connections: the Bauhaus in the world, © Auswärtiges Amt

20.03.2019 - Article

The “bauhaus imaginista” exhibition in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt looks at the Bauhaus school’s international connections.

The Bauhaus: A symbol of global Modernism

Walter Gropius founded the “Staatliches Bauhaus” in Weimar in 1919: in the wake of the experience of the First World War, the school of art and architecture was to create new links between art, crafts, design, architecture and construction. Clear, pragmatic shapes were to the fore, symbolising freedom from all that was superfluous and without purpose.

The Bauhaus tells the story of Germany, with all its upheavals from the Weimar Republic through the National Socialist era to the present day. Above all, though, it tells a story of global interconnectedness: from the very beginning, the school had an international outlook. It had links with avant-garde movements all around the world and left its stamp on Modernist cities, from Weimar to Dessau to Tel Aviv.

“Welcome back, Bauhaus!”

“Welcome back, Bauhaus!” – Minister of State Müntefering at the exhibition opening
“Welcome back, Bauhaus!” – Minister of State Müntefering at the exhibition opening© Jens Jeske

The “bauhaus imaginista” exhibition looks at the Bauhaus school’s international connections. How were the Bauhaus concepts implemented in different local contexts? How did the Bauhaus develop through its exchanges with other movements, and what influence did the political situation in each respective country exert?

The exhibition has been touring the world since 2016, and now these links between art, culture, politics and society are being showcased in Berlin.

“After travelling the world for two years or so, the exhibition ”bauhaus imaginista“ is here in Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt, and I am delighted,” Minister of State Müntefering said at the opening. “The Bauhaus is a cultural ambassador for Germany. Bauhaus means not design alone but also content! Welcome back, Bauhaus!”

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Speech by Minister of State Michelle Münteferingat the opening of the exhibition bauhaus imaginista in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin



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