100 Years of Bauhaus – Rethinking the World
Why We Recommend it
Exhibitions, films, lectures, creative workshops and other fun activities are organised to celebrate the centenary of the founding of legendary German art and design school Bauhaus.
On 1 April 1919, German architect Walter Gropius (1883 – 1969)—one of the pioneering masters of modernist architecture—officially opened the doors to The Bauhaus, a school for art and design located in the small town of Weimar. The Bauhaus subsequently became one of last century’s most influential art and design educational institutions, having renowned artists such as Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky teach classes.
The Bauhaus was founded with the mission to introduce modern design into day-to-day life by combining crafts and fine arts, architecture, design and technology to create a Gesamtkunstwerk, a “total” work of art. The Bauhaus concept for houses, furniture and everyday items was to create a functional, clear-lined design of high quality that could be produced on a large scale and would be affordable for everybody. This pioneering modernist concept found followers around the world and inspires artists across the globe to this day.
The Goethe-Institut in Hong Kong joins forces with various local partners to organise events that turn the anniversary of Bauhaus into a personal experience. Programme highlights are a Virtual Reality exhibition that transports visitors into the architectural space of the Bauhaus’ school building as it existed in the 1920s, an exhibition of photographs by Bauhaus artist Erich Consemüller (1902-1957), and an exhibition where visitors can snap a photo while wearing unique costumes from Oskar Schlemmer’s famous “Triadisches Ballett” (Triadic Ballet).
Image: Bauhaus Scene (Lis Beyer or Ise Gropius in a tubular steel chair by Marcel Breuer), photo: Erich Consemüller, 1926.