This year, the whole world is celebrating the centenary of the Bauhaus, including of course Berlin, which was for a short time the home of the legendary school of art and design. The Long Night of Museums sees the launch of ‘bauhaus week berlin 2019’, with exhibitions, talks, films and workshops at Ernst Reuter Platz and all over the city. And you can get off to a good start in the Kulturforum!
Submerge yourself in the enthusiasm for reform of the 1920s in the exhibitions Weimar: The Essence and Value of Democracy in the Deutsches Historisches Museum and Modern Cinema in the Museum of Film and Television. See famous designs from the Bauhaus and its forerunners in the Bröhan Museum and the Royal Porcelain Factory Berlin. In the Werkbundarchiv the famous art expert Heide Rezepa-Zabel will be explaining how you can tell genuine Bauhaus design from cheap knock-offs. You can see what the new typography looked like in an exhibition in the Kunstbibliothek art library, and puppet theatre will be playing at the temporary location of the Bauhaus Archive. You can find all the Bauhaus programme items here.
Sound artist Rochus Aust will be going from Ernst Reuter Platz to the
Kulturforum with his Electricphonic Orchestra, taking with them
periscopes through which you can look into the Gropius House in the
Hansa Quarter and over the building site fences around the Bauhaus
Archive and the New National Gallery.
// Starting at The Temporary Bauhaus Archive (Knesebeckstr. 1–2) at 6 pm, arriving at the Kulturforum at around 7.30 pm
The miniature version of the Dessau Bauhaus, the ‘Living Machine’ by Van Bo Le-Mentzel, will be stopping off at the Kulturforum’s Piazetta. Make a lamp in 100 seconds? Le-Mentzel, inventor of Hartz IV (low budget) Furniture, shows you how.
// Material cost including energy-saving lamp 3 euros. Piazzetta: 6.30–9.30 pm
Go on a tour of the Dessau Bauhaus with a VR headset! Robert Huber explains how the app was made.
// Ground floor entrance hall: 7.45 pm | 8.45 pm | 9.45 pm
Are those famous Bauhaus classics like the Wassily tubular steel chair by Marcel Breuer just good-looking, or are they practical as well? Take a seat and try them out for yourself!
// Basement floor entrance hall
Which colour sample matches which painting? Old Masters are turned into colour collages.
// Gemäldegalerie: 6.30 pm | 8 pm | 9.30 pm | 11 pm
Triangular or round, made of glass or fabric? Choose one of the imaginative costumes and have your photo taken as a Bauhaus dancer!
// Basement floor entrance hall: 6–9 pm and 10 pm–midnight
Curator Michael Lailach guides you through the exhibition in the Kunstbibliothek art library.
// Special exhibition room on the 1st floor: 7 pm | 8 pm | 9 pm | 10 pm
Erik Spiekermann’s experimental letterpress workshop p98a puts its letterpress printing machine in the museum, where you’ll be able to print with it and have a chat with Erik Spiekermann.
// Material cost 3 euros. Outside the special exhibition room on the 1st floor: 7 pm-midnight
Two-dimensional becomes three-dimensional as a paper design becomes a costume. Transform yourself into a Schlemmer figurine!
// Basement floor entrance hall: 6 pm–midnight
Fashion designers from the Lette Verein draw you as a fashion model in the style of the Golden Twenties.
// Ground floor entrance hall: 7.30 pm | 8.30 pm | 9.30 pm
Fashion designers from the Lette Verein present their designs inspired by the Golden Twenties.
Inspired by Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet, dancers move across the floors and stairways of the foyer.
It held the Twenties spellbound – the Charleston. Dancers from Les Belles Magnifiques demonstrate it and then invite you to join in with a 15-minute dance workshop.
// Basement floor entrance hall: 9.00 pm–midnight | hourly
The Swingbopers create a great mood with their New Orleans jazz.
// 6.30–11.30 pm | hourly
All sorts of delicious goodies await you inside and out, including catfish from the Lichtenberg city farm, Swabian Käsespätzle, vegan snacks and organic wines from Franconia and Austria. Finish the Long Night on a relaxed note with cocktails specially created by Berliner Brandstifter – Gin van der Rohe and Walter’s Mule – right through
to 3 am!