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Germany launches Bauhaus centenary

January 16, 2019

Throughout 2019, hundreds of events will celebrate the legacy of the Bauhaus school of design. German President Steinmeier kicked off the centennial by honoring the great minds driving the major cultural movement.

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The Bauhaus is "one of the most important and worldwide most effective cultural achievements of our country," said Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Wednesday, at the event kicking off the nationwide celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus school of design.

From 1919 to 1933, a group of "inspired minds created great things in architecture, art, dance, design, typography, as well as photography and film," Steinmeier said, pointing out that the freedom of the Weimar Republic not only allowed the Bauhaus to flourish, but to become a leading form of expression in the era.

Most of the Bauhaus artists were democrats, and they realized that the Weimar era was one that offered political freedom, as well as the freedom of artistic creation, noted the president.

Held until January 24, the festival "100 Years Bauhaus" features over 25 productions by more than 100 international artists. It is the first of around 700 events  programmed throughout the year, particularly in Berlin, Dessau and Weimar, where Bauhaus institutions were located. The overarching theme of the Bauhaus centenary is "100 Years of Rethinking the World."


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Elizabeth Grenier Editor and reporter for DW Culture