Your guide to the events marking 100 years of Bauhaus in Germany

Beginning in Berlin Wednesday, organizations across Germany are hosting events and exhibitions to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus art school. The event programme spans the entire year and will be, much like the strategy of founder Walter Gropius, all-encompassing.

Your guide to the events marking 100 years of Bauhaus in Germany
Souvenirs from the Bauhaus 100 press conference in October 2018. Photo: DPA

The Bauhaus centenary programme is “experimental, multifarious, transnational and radically contemporary,” the Bauhaus Association states.

This year’s celebrations will also include additions to Germany’s museum landscape. In April, the Bauhaus Museum Weimar will re-open and, in September, the new Bauhaus Museum Dessau will open its doors for the first time.

Also, because of the Bauhaus celebrations, publications like Smithsonian and Lonely Planet have placed Germany as one of their top destinations to explore this year.

SEE ALSO: Why Germany is one of Lonely Planet's top destinations to visit next year

The Federal Ministry of Culture and the Media (BKM) and the Federal Cultural Foundation are providing approximately 21 million for the programme comprising more than 700 events in Germany, according to a BKM statement. 

“[The programme] offers a great opportunity to inspire many people for the ideas of the Bauhaus and to show how relevant the ideas of the 'Bauhausers' are for a cosmopolitan and liberal society to this day,” Culture Minister Monika Grütters says in the statement. 

While communities worldwide will bid Happy Birthday to the Bauhaus movement in 2019, here is just a sampling of the events, exhibitions, and projects planned in Germany.

For the complete year-long programme, visit: Bauhaus 100 Programme.

SEE ALSO: 'Rethinking the World': Bauhaus celebrates 100 years

January 16-24th, 2019

100 Years: Opening Festival

Akadamie der Künste, Berlin

Festival patron and Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will give a ceremonial address on opening day at the Akadamie der Künste, but the nine-day long festival will feature 25 performances and more than 100 artists. Also on opening night, German jazz pianist and composer Michael Wollny will present BAU.HAUS.KLANG.

August 17th, 2018 – February 5th, 2019

Successor of the Bauhaus – Two Generations of Artists in East Germany

Henry-van-de-Velde-Museum, Haus Schulenburg, Gera

This exhibition focuses on the Bauhaus influence throughout Germany during the post-war years as the country grappled with the effects of Nazism and Communism.

November 9th, 2018 – March 10th, 2019

Bauhaus and America: Experiments in Light and Movement

LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Münster

This exhibition looks at light and movement through artists who, after Nazi pressure closed the Bauhaus school, emigrated to America.

March 15th, 2019 – June 10th, 2019

bauhaus imaginista: Still Undead

Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

bauhaus imaginista, an international research project, will open its exhibition in Berlin in March and feature a series of events focusing on the global impact and relationships of the Bauhaus movement.

April 6th, 2019


Bauhaus Museum Weimar

After a three-year construction period, the Bauhaus Museum Weimar will reopen its doors in the Bauhaus birthplace.

April 7th, 2019 – January 5th, 2020

Design for Life – Bauhaus Design in the GDR

Dokumentationszentrum Alltagskultur der DDR, Eisenhüttenstadt

Using everyday items from former East Germany, this exhibit looks at the connection between attitudes towards Bauhaus there and the political developments from the time.

June 30th, 2019 – October 27th, 2019

Printing Arts 1919: The Bauhaus and Its Precursors in the Graphic Arts Industry

Museum für Druckkunst Leipzig

The exhibition – featuring posters, advertisements, magazines, books, and type faces — explores innovative post-World War I years of the printing industry and its influence on modern design, like Bauhaus.

August 31st, 2019 – September 8th, 2019

Bauhauswoche Berlin

Various locations in Berlin

Various outdoor events and store-fronts exhibitions will relay the Bauhaus’s history and impact during the week-long festival organized by Kulturprojekte Berlin.

September 8th, 2019

Bauhaus Museum Dessau

Holding the second largest collection of the Bauhaus movement in the world, the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation is opening a museum later this year to showcase its 49,000 catalogued exhibits.

September 26th, 2019 – October 10th, 2019

Triennale der Moderne

Various locations in Weimar, Dessau, and Berlin

Over three consecutive weekends, the Triennale der Moderne will host tours, talks, and special events at the Germany’s three Bauhaus UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Weimar, Dessau, and Berlin.


The Grand Tour of Modernism

Various locations throughout Germany

The Grand Tour of Modernism encourages visitors to explore sites of Bauhaus and modernism beyond Weimar, Dessau, and Berlin. “The Grand Tour of Modernism links significant and accessible buildings to guide visitors through one hundred years of the history of modern architecture from 1900 to 2000. Their broad spectrum spans individual buildings and settlements, icons and objects of debate, key buildings and unknown works,” the German project’s website reads.

Additional ways to celebrate the Bauhaus centenary

Stay overnight at the Bauhaus studio building in Dessau: From January onwards, Bauhaus enthusiasts can skip a traditional hotel stay in favor of one at the studio building in Dessau. Studios have been recreated in “meticulous detail” to mirror the floorplan and aesthetic of former inhabitants during the 1920s.

Visit a mini-clone of the Bauhaus workshop wing: The “Wohnmaschine,” a miniature version of the workshop wing of the Bauhaus building in Dessau, will visit Dessau and Berlin.  


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Paul Gauguin’s ‘Mata Mua’ returns to Spain

One of French painter Paul Gauguin's most famous paintings, "Mata Mua", will return to a Madrid museum on Monday following an agreement between the Spanish government and its owner, who took it out of the country.

mata mua madrid
Toward the end of his life, Gauguin spent ten years in French Polynesia, where he completed some of his most famous artwork Painting: Paul Gaugin

The artwork had been on display for two decades at Madrid’s Thyssen-Bornemisza museum but in 2020 when the institution closed because of the pandemic, the painting’s owner Carmen Thyssen moved it to Andorra where she currently lives.

Her decision to take “Mata Mua” to the microstate sandwiched between Spain and France raised fears she would remove other works from her collection which are on display at the museum.

“It is expected that the painting will arrive today,” a spokeswoman for the museum told AFP.


In 1989, Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza bought Mata Mua at the Sotheby’s auction in New York. Painting: Paul Gauguin

The artwork will go back on display to the public “a few days after” Thyssen signs a new agreement with the Spanish state for the lease of her collection, she added. The deal is expected to be signed on Wednesday.

Painted in 1892 in vivid, flat colours, “Mata Mua” depicts two women, one playing the flute and the other listening, set against a lush Tahitian landscape.

It is one of the stars of Thyssen’s collection of several hundred paintings which are on show at the museum, including works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Claude Monet.

Her collection had initially been displayed at the Madrid museum as part of a free loan agreement signed in February 2002 that was subsequently extended.

But in August 2021 Spain’s culture ministry announced it had reached an agreement with Thyssen to rent the collection from her for 15 years for €97.5 million ($111.5 million), with “preferential acquisition rights on all or part” of the works. The collection includes a Degas, a Hopper and a Monet.

Aside from housing her collection of works, the museum displays the collection of her late husband, Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, the Swiss heir to a powerful industrial lineage who died in Spain in 2002.

The Spanish state bought his collection in 1993 from $350 million, according to the museum.