Described by our founder Sir Terence Conran as “the movement laid the foundations for democratic design and making products widely available for all”, it is no wonder that the world has been taken over by Bauhaus fever in celebration of the design school’s centenary.
As the Bauhaus’ 100th anniversary approaches, The Conran Shop explores some of the best exhibitions, installations and design tributes the world has to offer.
The Conran Shop Chelsea, England
The Conran Shop’s own tribute to the Bauhaus takes the form of an epic window installation at our Chelsea store. For a limited time only, our windows have been transformed into a Bauhaus-inspired installation, complete with designs by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer and Peter Keler.
Created in collaboration with students and recent graduates from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, the window installation is a eulogy to the most iconic architectural motifs found in the Bauhaus’ Dessau building.
The installation features striking giant gridded windows and staircases inspired by those found in the original building. Elevated on the stairs are some of the most iconic designs to have emerged from the Bauhaus, these include the F51 Armchair by Walter Gropius, the Wassily Lounge Chair by Marcel Breuer and the Limited Edition 635 Chair by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld.
Be sure to visit our Chelsea store to see the final installation and explore some of the Bauhaus’ most iconic furniture designs.
Bauhaus Week Berlin, Germany
Between August 31st and September 8th, the Bauhaus’ 100-year anniversary will be celebrated throughout the streets of Berlin. The celebrations will kick off with the monthly Long Night, when galleries and museums remain open until 2am, and end with European Heritage Day; a day where monuments otherwise closed to the public will be opened especially.
Shop windows along Kantstraße, one of Berlin’s most famous streets, will be transformed into Bauhaus-inspired tributes and early-morning yoga classes inspired by the practices used at the school will take place.
The festival’s pavilion in Ernst Reuter Platz, built using dismantled windows taken from the original Bauhaus building in Dessau, will be the central point of the week-long extravaganza. Here you will be able to find information on participating institutions and museums, the beginning of architectural and exhibition tours and a small café offering a selection of food and drinks.
Harvard Art Museums, USA
Presenting nearly 200 works by 74 Bauhaus artists, Harvard Art Museums’ The Bauhaus and Harvard exhibition runs from 8th February until 28 July 2019. An exploration of the German school’s pioneering approach to art education, the exhibition includes rarely-seen student experiments, iconic design objects, photography, textiles, typography, paintings and other archival materials.
Harvard University played an important role in the Bauhaus’ history, so it seems a natural place to celebrate its centenary. The university held the school’s first American exhibition in 1930 and went on to become the Bauhaus’ unofficial American centre when Walter Gropius joined the architecture department in 1937.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Netherlands
The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam has pulled out all the stops for its Netherlands ⇄ Bauhaus – Pioneers of a New World exhibition. Showcasing almost 800 examples of Bauhaus art, including furniture, ceramics, textiles, photographs, typography and architectural drawings, the exhibition provides a unique insight into the Netherlands’ relationship with the influential German art school.
Influenced by De Stijl magazine and contemporary architects and artists such as H.P. Berlage, Mathieu Lauweriks and Johan Thorn Prikker, the Bauhaus ethos was largely centred around Dutch design. When the school closed in 1933, some thirty of its alumni moved to the Netherlands taking the Bauhaus principles with them.
Bauhaus Museum Weimar, Germany
Over three years in the making, the Bauhaus Museum in Weimar will open its debut exhibition on 6th April 2019. The strikingly modern, energy-efficient, cast-concrete structure was specially designed by German architect Heike Hanada to help complete Weimar’s new cultural centre.
The museum’s inaugural exhibition is centred around the oldest collection of Bauhaus objects worldwide, combining the history of the Bauhaus with modern and future ways of living and placing it within a 2019 context.
Hungarian Institute Paris, France
Running from 12th April until 24th May 2019, the Hungarian Institute pays homage to the Bauhaus. The exhibition has been created in association with the Galéria Archívum de Pécs Foundation since the Bauhaus counts a wide range of students and professors from the Hungarian city of Pécs among its alumni, including Marcel Breuer, Alfréd Forbát, Andor Weininger and Farkas Molnár.
With a focus on photography, graphic arts and books, the exhibition contains work by 35 contemporary Hungarian and French artists for a unique perspective on the revolutionary art school.