From Thuringia to the World

Bauhaus and Modernism

The Bauhaus: this legendary academy for arts and architecture was founded in Thuringia in the heart of Germany in 1919. To the present day, the Bauhaus concepts offer inspiration to architects, designers and artists across the world and continue to influence our everyday lives. Thuringia invites you on a journey to the birthplace of this famous movement. It is a place where a revolution of the arts heralded the dawning of a new era, and where the pioneering spirit and joy of experimentation that characterise Bauhaus and modernism are still tangible.

Dive into a world of creativity and inspiration!

Frauen am Bauhaus

Die Avantgarde war auch weiblich

Das Bauhaus wurde von den unterschiedlichsten Protagonisten geprägt. Doch sind es zumeist männliche Vertreter wie Walter Gropius, Henry van de Velde oder Wassily Kandinsky, die unweigerlich mit der wichtigsten Kunstschule des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts in Verbindung gebracht werden. Doch was war eigentlich mit den Frauen? Obwohl deren beachtliche Anzahl etwa ein Drittel der Bauhäusler ausmachte, standen sie zu Unrecht im Schatten der Schule.
Haus der Weimarer Republik
History lessons at the House of the Weimar Republic

A globetrotter on staycation

“Hi, my name is Anna. I’m from Thuringia in Germany.” I’ve lost track of how often I have said those words. I’m a youthful 35, unattached, carefree and always keen to learn new things. After finishing my degree and spending quite a bit of time abroad I got a job in international marketing. Travel has always been my great passion. Exploring new cultures and different countries – and getting to know the locals properly – are what I like doing best. Now I have friends all over the world. Some people call me a globetrotter, but I’m always happy to return home to Thuringia.
Bauhaus-Museum Weimar
Exploring the Bauhaus-Museum Weimar

Modernism cubed

As the saying goes, there’s no accounting for taste. The new Bauhaus Museum, which opened in Weimar in 2019, has certainly been controversial. The Klassik Stiftung Weimar foundation, together with the architect, Heike Hanada, opened the innovative building to coincide with the Bauhaus centenary in Weimar. Since then it has been home to the oldest Bauhaus collection in the world, compiled by Walter Gropius himself.
Timeless classics

Bauhaus UNESCO World Heritage sites in Weimar

More than 100 years ago, the most influential art school of the early 20th century opened its doors in Weimar. Its founder, Walter Gropius, couldn’t have known back then that the revolutionary ideas of the Bauhaus would go on to conquer the world, and would continue to influence the work of many architects and designers to this day. Although there are authentic Bauhaus locations all over Thuringia, Weimar should be at the top of your must-see list, as it has three Bauhaus sites that were awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1996.
Hauptgebäude der Bauhaus-Universität in Weimar (UNESCO-Welterbe)
Questions and answers on the Bauhaus

The Bauhaus concept

It originated in Weimar. And it went on to conquer the world – and our living rooms …
Kann das Bauhaus ein Klassiker sein?
A journey of discovery through Weimar and Thuringia

Modernist architecture – the Bauhaus.

“Square, triangle and circle – red, blue and yellow.” Form follows function. Timeless design, art, culture and modern architecture that are well ahead of their time? In 1919, the world is in upheaval.
Außenansicht Museum Neues Weimar
A conversation with curator Sabine Walter of the Museum Neues Weimar.

The Bauhaus didn’t come out of nowhere!

Around the turn of the 19th century, three major figures in Weimar were committed to establishing a glittering new era which they described as the ‘new Weimar’. A permanent exhibition dedicated to them opened at the Museum Neues Weimar in 2019. It portrays the emergence of the modernist movement and its role as precursor to the Bauhaus in Weimar using outstanding international examples of realist, impressionist and art nouveau works. We are talking to Sabine Walter, the curator who was instrumental in putting together the permanent exhibition ‘Van de Velde, Nietzsche and Modernism around 1900’ at the Museum Neues Weimar.

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