The New Architecture that Shaped the Twenties

On the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the foundation of the Bauhaus Movement in Weimar, the Klassik Stiftung Weimar is planning a large overview exhibition on the early years of the legendary school of design to take place in 2009. Founded in Weimar in April of 1919 by its first director, Walter Gropius, the Bauhaus remained in the city of the classics until the end of March 1925. In the advent of restrictive politics, it moved to Dessau and later to Berlin, where it was closed in 1933 under the pressure of the National Socialists. In the few years of its existence, the Bauhaus became the most important and influential design academy of the 20th century. Its innovative approaches and impulses are still felt today. The world of design developed at the Bauhaus influences art and everyday life, design and architecture in multifarious ways up to the present day. Many Bauhaus objects belong to the classics of 20th century design and were already developed during the Weimar phase of the Bauhaus, between 1919 and 1925. The central idea of the jubilee exhibition is to portray Weimar as a laboratory, in which advanced thinking took place that was then fulfilled in the subsequent Bauhaus locations of Dessau and Berlin, and which in the end found world-wide acceptance.The exhibition will present well known and less known facets of the early Bauhaus in detail at five different locations in Weimar, among which, the works from the school workshops are presented as a highlight. After expressive beginnings, the transition to design took place there. Master works of free art by famous Bauhaus masters such as Lyonel Feininger, Wassily Kandinsky, Johannes Itten, Paul Klee, László Moholy-Nagy or Oskar Schlemmer will be shown as well as benchmark-setting and innovative stage projects and experiments that were developed together with the stage workshop of the Bauhaus.The most brillant works from international collections will be shown, among others from the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum in New York.