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Bauhaus 2019

100 Years of Bauhaus!

In 1919, Walter Gropius established the Staatliche Bauhaus in Weimar, laying the foundations for a modernist collaboration between arts and crafts. The joint education of architects, artists, designers and artisans was indeed avant-garde, and produced ground-breaking ideas, concepts, designs, furniture, buildings and utensils in the years to follow.

The 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus is in 2019. The Bauhaus Centenary will be celebrated in Dessau, but also many other cities of the Bauhaus Association with a variety of events, projects and new collaborations.

Alongside the Dessau Bauhaus and the Prague Academy of the Fine Arts, it was the Breslau (Wrocław) State Academy of Arts which was a key driver for the training of modernist architects in the 1920s and 30s. The architect of the Schminke House, Hans Scharoun, was appointed professor in 1925 and considerably marked the school’s ‘organic’ style. He liaised closely with the protagonists of the Bauhaus in Dessau. Specialist interchange and expert intercourse between all the different schools was an integral part in the development of modernism and the avant-garde educational concept applied in Dessau, Breslau and Prague. Therefore, the Schminke House will be a part of the celebrations around the Bauhaus Centennial. The information on this page will be regularly updated.

Recently we published our new book "Der moderne Blick - The modern view" that presents 20 modernist buildings in Saxony. The book in German and English concentrates on the stories behind the buildings and comes with a special augmented reality app for your tablet or smartphone. You can buy it at our Online-Shop and find more information here: www.dermoderneblick.de .

TOPOMOMO

Boldness in building - Rediscovered!

Modernist architecture, or the ‘International Style’ - regardless of borders between countries, was in its heyday during the 1920s and 1930s very relevant for the entire region we now call the ‘Trinational Triangle’. The rise of industrialization and the resulting new prosperity of individuals led to a flourishing of ‘New Objectivity’ in particular in then newly formed Czechoslovakia. The area in-between the potentially conflicting cities of Dessau, Prague, and Breslau (Wrocław) became a ‘landscape of experimentation’ that was influenced by all the different design philosophies.

Today, the region along the Saxon-Czech border is of a rather rural nature. This is the reason why this former industrial region, despite the glories of its past and a great number of excellent examples of modernist architecture from the Interwar period, is easily being overlooked even by experts in the field of building culture. In the course of our TOPOMOMO project we have begun to explore modernism across the rural German-Czech borderland. In collaboration with the Institut für neue Industriekultur, the Institute of New Industrial Culture in Cottbus, the project researches 32 noteworthy buildings in the area between Bautzen, Görlitz, Weißwasser and Jablonec nad Nisou, and has presented its findings in a travel guide. The website provides an interactive trip planner for independent tourists, including short descriptions on all structures.
The project currently strives to expand its network towards the cities of Plauen and Karlovy Vary. For current information, please visit TOPOMOMO on Facebook .

Local Partnerships

Networks are worth their mint in gold.

Strengthening our region’s economy and cooperation with local enterprises is a matter particularly close to our hearts, which we value just as highly as partnerships at European level. Our corporate design is created by the Ahoi-Büro design studio in Dresden, printing is taken care of by Druckpol in Löbau. Our ‘Haus-Schminke-Bags’ are produced in the von Kleist canvas manufacture in Neukirch. Our ‘Haus-Schminke Apple Brandy’ was distilled in the Spirituosen-Manufaktur in Kirschau-Schirgiswalde, and our latest book ‘Kelly Ship in Heavy Seas’ was published in cooperation with the Sächsische Zeitung daily newspaper.

We are particularly passionate about the future of young entrepreneurs in Upper Lusatia as we are about the potential of the local creative industry. We were happy to host a number of events by various start-up initiatives in our house during the past years.

We are a member of the European network Iconic Houses and maintain close ties to the Villa Tugendhat in Brno, Czech Republic. We are always open to new networks and initiatives. Simply contact us!
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