Saturday, 6 April 2019, Weimar, Free State of Thuringia: It is 100 years since the pioneer of modernism Walter Gropius opened the original Staatliches Bauhaus or Bauhaus School in Weimar. In celebration of the movement’s unparalleled and above all enduring impact, the city of Weimar opened a museum edifice dedicated to the design school in the city where it was based between 1919 and 1925.
Located near the Nazi-era Gauforum Square and the Neues Museum Weimar, the Bauhaus Museum Weimar is a simple five-storey concrete box broken only with its entrance and a couple of windows, designed by Prof Heike Hanada. The museum contains 2,000 square metres of exhibition space, which shall be used to display around 1,000 items from the Weimar Bauhaus collection.
Bauhaus Museum Weimar has opened to coincide with the centenary of the Bauhaus, which was established in the city in 1919. In 1925 it was forced to relocate to Dessau (in today’s State of Saxony’Anhalt), where Gropius designed a new school edifice for the renowned institution. Following a short time based in Berlin the school closed for good in 1933 after pressure by National Socialist authorities.
Although only open for just over a decade, the Bauhaus led the way as an influential art and design school in art history. The ideas and people associated with the school had an incredible impact on design and architecture that is still studied and admired nowadays.
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