June 6, 2005 - Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Faculty of Art and Design - Curatorial Talk by Andrea Dietrich and Julia Draganovic
June 6, 2005

Curatorial Talk by Andrea Dietrich and Julia Draganovic

Oskar Schlemmer, Overview of the project for the wall design at the workshop building of the Staatliches Bauhaus Weimar, 1923.

Curatorial Talk by Andrea Dietrich and Julia Draganovic
about the history of the Bauhaus in Weimar from its foundation in 1919 to the Bauhaus University of today.
June 8th 2005, 5 p.m.

Galleria d'Arte della Provincia di Modena
Chiesa di San Paolo, Via Francesco Selmi


Just as in ancient tragedies, time and place are the same for the origin of different developments: Weimar in 1919 – representatives from all over Germany congregated to found the Republic of Weimar, and Gropius, Feininger as well as his artist and architect colleagues created a school for Art, Architecture and Design. Both events had enormous consequences one for the political history of Europe and the other for the history of art worldwide.

Andrea Dietrich and Julia Draganovic try to evoke the enthusiastic atmosphere in Weimar at the beginning of the Twenties to analyse the reasons and motivations that led to the foundation of the Bauhaus. They will give a short overview over visions and practices of the Bauhaus in Weimar until, forced by the political developments, it had to move to Dessau. A short introduction into the work of Gropius, Feininger, Itten and Klee will show the patrimony which Bauhaus left in Weimar no more than a small care parcel that had to last for nearly sixty years when during the Third Reich and the GDR period art and architecture were taught in conventional ways (to use an euphemistic term).

It was not until 1993 that the Hochschule für Architektur und Bauwesen in Weimar wanted to pay tribute to its own tradition which had been neglected for a long time. It was transformed into a University and renamed Bauhaus Universität Weimar in 1996. Two new faculties were created: the faculty for design in 1993 with three departments (art, design and visual communication), and the faculty for media in 1996 also with three departments (media design, media theory and media systems). Following in the tradition of Bauhaus, students have the possibility to take part in different lectures at all faculties in an interdisciplinary way.

This public lecture takes place to mark the show La Bauhaus si muove .(The Bauhaus – moving on) from May 29th thru July 10th, 2005 in the Galleria dArte della Provincia di Modena, Chiesa di San Paolo, Via Francesco Selmi, Modena /Italy

Participating artists: Liz Bachhuber, Sylvie Boisseau und Frank Westermeyer, Susanne Bosch, Beatrice Catanzaro, Nicole Degenhardt, Elfi Fröhlich, Caroline Hake, Christine Hill, Norbert W. Hinterberger, Ralf Homann, Anna Kling, Barbara Nemitz, Natascha Rossi, Harry Sachs und Franz Höfner, Maria Vill, Herbert Wentscher

An initiative by the Province of Modena in collaboration with the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, the Bauhaus Universität Weimar and the Cultural Association LaRete
Conceived and curated by Julia Draganovic and Andrea Dietrich

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Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Faculty of Art and Design
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