17.8. - 2.9.2018

    Chats in the Bauhaus Kitchen

    In the turbulent years following the war, revolution and the founding of a new republic, society struggled to find people were capable of shaping the new order. During this phase, numerous artists, architects and designers assumed leadership roles. With the founding of the Bauhaus in 1919, students and instructors alike had the opportunity to propose new ways of organising life in the modern industrial age. The Bauhaus represented an exploratory relationship with respect to materials, forms and knowledge, and offered the economically unstable and politically fragile Weimar Republic with a constructive, aesthetic and realisable social utopia. The Bauhaus was an artists’ republic and engineering salon, a laboratory and an experiment.

    In the series «Chats in the Bauhaus Kitchen», the Kunstfest Weimar asks experts, researchers, artists and the audience: What does «being modern» mean today, 100 years after the founding of the Bauhaus in the middle of the 21st century?

    During each chat, visitors will be invited to enjoy snacks and refreshments from the Bauhaus kitchen.


    The Bauhaus can arguably be described as a «school of balance». Using basic and often technical materials, students in the famous Bauhaus preliminary course designed balancing, swaying and oscillating objects which were reminiscent of buildings, spaceships and machines. What do these fascinating exercises in balance tell us about the Weimar Republic? How do we ourselves maintain balance in the modern world? With respect to terms like the «work-life balance», what drives our need for balance in our inner and outer world? For balance is not only key in the world of design – it also plays an essential role in politics, society and private life.

    Furter events in this talk series
    Wed, 21.8. / 18:00 Uhr, «Cold», Museum für Ur- und Frühgeschichte Thüringens
    Thu, 30.8. / 18:00 Uhr, «Heat», ehemalige Dorfner-Werkstatt

    Janek Müller, Niklas Hoffmann-Walbeck

    Helmut Lethen, Anna Zett

    Kunstfest Weimar

    Founded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes im Fonds Fonds »Bauhaus heute« Im Rahmen von »Hitze Kälte Apparate. Bauhaus – Versuche am Gleichgewicht«

    Supported by Landesbetrieb für Bau- und Liegenschaftsmanagement Sachsen-Anhalt

    Foto: «ice», Dana Keller

    Foto: «ice», Dana Keller



    Wed 29.08.


    Additional information & price

    Duration ca. 1h 30, no intermission

    Tickets € 5 / reduced start at € 3
    1 € reduction from the 3rd talk on (only available at DNT theater box office),
    combinable with talk series »Kollektiver Dialog Gertrud Grunow«

    Knowledge of German required

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