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10 things you need to know about Germany's Bauhaus movement

In 2019, the Bauhaus school of design and building turns 100, and Germany is preparing a three-year program to celebrate the anniversary. Revisit the history and the ideas promoted by the influential movement.

The Bauhaus centennial will be one of the most important cultural events of 2019. Plans include a large opening festival, an international research and exhibition project and three new Bauhaus museums.

Read more: Foundation laid for new Bauhaus museum in Dessau

This week in the German town of Dessau, more than 50 curators from all over Germany met for the first time to present and discuss their various projects.

A Bauhaus network created especially for the anniversary will be organizing the 2019 program that involves the German states that are key Bauhaus locations — Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and Berlin —  as well as 10 other German states. Under the slogan "Thinking the world anew," Bauhaus exhibitions and projects are to show how relevant the school still is for the present and the future.

Read more: The Future is Now! 100 Years of Bauhaus

Cultural significance

"The 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Bauhaus school is of great cultural importance to the German government," said German Culture Minister Monika Grütters, adding that the 10 states involved are focused on preparing an interesting program that will give a large domestic and international audience the chance to "rediscover the world of Bauhaus in architecture and many other fields of art."

Grütters said she has been funding many of the projects from her budget: 52 million euros ($60 million) alone have been earmarked for the three Bauhaus museums in Dessau, Weimar and Berlin.

lh/db/eg (with dpa)

 

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