The handicraft training in the Bauhaus workshops was not an end in itself, but an irreplaceable educational tool. The aim of this training was to create designers who, thanks to their precise knowledge of materials and processes, were able to influence the industrial production of our time.” Walter Gropius, 1955*

The tensions caused by the practical question of how this influence was to be expressed, and the parallels with the industrial production of our time, are explored in the exhibition Craft becomes Modern. The Bauhaus in the Making at Bauhaus Dessau.

Craft becomes Modern. The Bauhaus in the Making at Bauhaus Dessau

While it’s hard to feel anything even vaguely resembling joy in a month which sees the UK start its senseless and cowardly, withdrawal from the European Union … life goes on!!

Our five top distractions for April 2017 features new design and architecture exhibitions in Berlin, New York, Paris, Dessau and Milan.

Bauhaus Dessau was officially opened on December 4th 1926, and by way of celebrating the institution’s 90th anniversary on December 4th 2016 the foundation stone will be laid for the new Bauhaus Museum Dessau; an act which comes just one month after the foundation stone was laid for the new Bauhaus Museum Weimar. Both museums being built in preparation for the coming centenary of Bauhaus’s 1919 inauguration.

An apposite moment we thought to reflect on how Bauhaus was received, or at least how it was received in the early years, in its new, old, East German home1

Bauhaus Museum Dessau , view from Stadtpark (Image © Gonzalez Hinz Zabala courtesy Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau)

Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau present The Simultaneity of Modernism

Dessau and Rotterdam may appear unlikely brothers in arms; however, an exploration of the towns’ architectural connections helps explain International

Pleasureground am Bad from Hermann Fürst von Pückler-Muskau's book, Andeutungen über Landschaftsgärtnerei 1834 (Courtesy of the Bundeskunsthalle Bonn)

Whereas April showers tend to make you wet, grumpy and late, May showers are much more agreeable – or more

Ivan Argote Time is Money

The biggest, and certainly highest budget, new architecture and design exhibition open in May 2015 is without question the World

Cold as February 2014 unquestionably was, we managed to warm ourselves with exhibitions looking at the 1920s medial representation of

Bauhaus Die Kunst der Schüler Werke aus der Sammlung der Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau

Although it is probably fair to say that today Bauhaus is best remembered for its architects and designers, art played

Bundespreis Ecodesign 2013 Exhibition Umweltbundesamt Dessau

Back in November the winners of the 2013 German Federal Ecodesign Award – the Bundespreis Ecodesign – were announced at

Meisterhausfest Bauhaus Dessau

Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of strolling with us through Potsdam will know our feelings on recreating exact

bewundert verspottet gehasst Das Bauhaus Dessau im Medienecho der 1920er Jahre satire

The much discussed experiment Bauhaus reaches its first conclusion with the opening of its own institute in Dessau on December

March 2013 was a month of travelling: Stuttgart, Chemnitz, Weimar, Dessau….. its amazing we found time to actually write anything…….

Mensch Raum Maschine Stage Experiments at the Bauhaus Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau

While we can’t be certain that the artist, designer and choreographer Oskar Schlemmer would have completely agreed with the claim

Soziale Hilfsprojekte Fragen Antworten at Architekturgalerie am Weißenhof Stuttgart Germany

It being that time of year when the only exhibition most of us are interested is the one displaying “presents

Triennale der Moderne 2013

In 2019 the Staatlichen Bauhaus Weimar celebrates the 100th anniversary of its founding. And so, in effect, we can all

Bauhaus Dessau Bauhaus in Calcutta A Meeting of the Cosmopolitan Avantgarde

Following on from the 2011 exhibition “Kibbutz and Bauhaus“, the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau is currently presenting a further exhibition devoted