18 February 2019, Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V.
In 2019, Germany and partners around the world will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus as one of the most important cultural achievements of the 20th century.
100 years Bauhaus - Traces in Saale-Unstrut on the occasion of the anniversary
Within the framework of the anniversary programme 100 years of Bauhaus Under the motto "Rethinking the World", the Bauhaus Association, together with regional, national and international partners, invites people to rediscover the historical testimonies of the Bauhaus - as well as its significance for the present and the future.
Founded in Weimar in 1919, moved to Dessau in 1925 and finally closed in Berlin in 1933 under pressure from the National Socialists, the Hochschule für Gestaltung only existed for a full 14 years. Nevertheless, the Bauhaus continues to have an impact worldwide to the present day. In the meantime, the term has come to characterise an entire design style.
But even in the Saale-Unstrut region the influences are still noticeable after 100 years since the founding of the Bauhaus. We would like to introduce you to some of the institutions that make Bauhaus architecture tangible at first hand.
Old settlement in Bad Dürrenberg
A testimony to the history of housing construction worthy of preservation is in Bad Dürrenberg to find. Here you will quickly find what you are looking for when searching for historical buildings. It is the "old settlement" with the pergola houses on Thomas-Müntzer-Straße, the small rows of terraced houses and the residential buildings with living room windows across the corner.
In 1929 the architect Alexander Klein and the garden architect Harry Maasz were commissioned by the then existing non-profit housing association of the Merseburg district to build a housing estate on a site at the Dürrenberg stop and thus close to the expanding Leuna works. The architects planned the housing estate as a "garden city" and tried to build apartments for different family situations and budgets, which corresponded to the latest scientific and technical knowledge. The approximately 500 apartments were equipped with work kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms with terrace and balcony as well as bedrooms.
There are many details in the settlement that remind us of the 1920s, such as unusual window formats, the lamps, railings, front doors and the bicycle stands.
The settlement of Alexander Klein is under monumental protection.
There is still an apartment that has been preserved in its original state. The almost 42 m² museum apartment shows the smallest type of apartment in the settlement and was inhabited by industrial workers. Visits are possible by appointment on 03462 99920 or www.leuwo.de possible. Further information on guided tours is available at the Tourist Information Bad Dürrenberg.
Discover Zollinger in Merseburg
2019 is Friedrich Zollinger Year - Merseburg's roof of modernity. The special treasure is the former master builder of the city. He stands for applied modernism like no other on site. Zollinger succeeded in almost doubling the housing stock in just twelve years. His credo: to meet the demands of the modern working world and at the same time combine factory work, living, self-sufficiency, culture and the experience of nature. This is as relevant today as it was 100 years ago. With the Zollinger Year, the focus is therefore primarily on the topic of housing construction and living 100 years ago.
The City of Merseburg therefore offers a selection of events and other exciting cultural treasure activities. At Cultural History Museum Merseburg Castle there will be a special exhibition "The roof of modernity - Zollbau Merseburg, construction and worldwide distribution" from 31 August to 27 October 2019. It will illustrate Merseburg residential construction between 1918 and 1930 as well as other international examples of Zollbau. It reflects the competition with the Junkers-Werke Dessau, which implemented Zollinger's construction principles in steel from 1924.
Furthermore, the special exhibition "Merseburg in the Weimar Republic" (1919 - 1933) - "From Prussian Government Centre to Industrial and Workers' City" from 31 August 2019 to 9 February 2020 invites visitors to get to know the transformation of the official city into an industrial and workers' city and the transformation of the surrounding area from agricultural to industrial land use.
In addition, public guided tours of the Zollinger Quarter and individual group tours of the Museum Schloss Merseburg are available.
Bauhaus Workshop Museum Dornburg awakens
The only Bauhaus pottery workshop, which is the sole external workshop of the Weimar Bauhaus and thus the last Bauhaus workshop to have survived at all, opens its doors in April 2019, allowing visitors to experience the impressive work and life of the Bauhaus teachers and their students at first hand even after 100 years.
Original tools, such as a plaster turntable, on which Bogler and Lindig created their design-defining models, offer a unique insight into the work of the Bauhaus Workshops. Furthermore, the pottery in the Dornburg stables will be illuminated and Bauhaus ceramics will be presented.
In honor of the anniversary, the Winegrowers' Association Freyburg eG brought out an extra edition - the work Weimar. The vines for the two wines Sauvignon Blanc and Dornfelder Rosé grow on the Weimar Poetenweg. The latest edition celebrates its premiere at the ITB. There the wines will be served in the wine lounge at the stand of Saale-Unstrut-Tourismus e.V.
In addition, events and programmes can be found on the official website for 100 years of Bauhaus at www.bauhaus100.de