100 years of BAUHAUS: How, when and where to celebrate

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The normal way to celebrate a birthday is with a party. But for its 100th birthday, BauhausLand is throwing a series of parties right through 2019. The tourism region where it all began in Germany a century ago is marking the centenary with imaginative exhibitions, performances, music, dance – and parties! And everyone is welcome to join in the fun!

BRAND NEW for 2019

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. In the fall, a second highlight 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.

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE MASTERS

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, who designed the building and interior, (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.

FALL FROLICS

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!

HIT THE ROAD: EXPLORING BAUHAUSLAND

Since Weimar and Dessau are only 150 miles/250 km apart, it is easy to explore BauhausLand by car. Download the Ultimate Bauhaus-Fan Tour that links Bauhaus highlights old and new, including places to stay and money-saving tips. Fly in to Frankfurt and out of Berlin; stop by Jena and Halle (Saale), as well as Weimar and Dessau. Take a cycle ride to see churches painted by German-American Bauhaus master Lyonel Feininger; visit Walter Gropius’s office; sleep in a Bauhaus hotel.

BAUHAUSLAND: WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

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.

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