Be hosted: The Man Who Was Thursday. T. Lux Feininger
from 20.10.2022 to 26.02.2023
On Collecting: Architecture as Mental Healing. Franz Ehrlich
from 20.10.2022 to 26.02.2023
Take a Breath! An Audio Collage on the Bauhaus
from 31.03.2022 to 26.02.2023
Tue – Sun 10.00 a.m. – 05.00 p.m.
Included in the entry price of the museum.
Bauhaus Museum Dessau
Intermezzi: exhibitions in the exhibition
The Intermezzi in the Black Box of the Bauhaus Museum Dessau are temporary exhibitions in the exhibition space. They expand on the presentation of the collection in Versuchsstätte Bauhaus and continue to build on it.
On Collecting presents new groups of objects in the collection of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation as well as objects that have not been given a permanent space in the museum.
Be Hosted invites objects from international Bauhaus collections as well as curators, artists and designers who deal with themes and objects of Bauhaus modernism.
While Experimental Space sets out how the Bauhaus Agents run projects with schools in Dessau-Roßlau. Here, visitors can try their hands at small experimentation and design tasks.
Exhibition in the Bauhaus Building
Structural Psychodrama #5. Monica Bonvicini
In her work, Monica Bonvicini focuses on space, both as a system of overlapping political, psychosocial, gender-specific and linguistic aspects, and in terms of its material and immaterial boundaries. In her multifaceted practice, Bonvicini explores power structures that shape gender, sexuality, space, the environment, and institutions.
Created specifically for the Bauhaus Building, her new installation Structural Psychodrama #5 establishes a critical connection to the architecture around it: to the workshop wing. Several large, slightly tilted mirror surfaces attract, direct, and reflect the spectators’ gaze, who thus repeatedly become the focus of the art work, invited to perform in front of the mirrors. Handcuffs attached to long chains likewise prompt interaction – but this is not possible.
The title Structural Psychodrama #5 refers to psychotherapy, here specifically to the psychodrama action method founded by Jacob Levy Moreno (1889–1974). With her architecture-sculpture, Bonvicini too offers visitors a tangible experience of encounters and action in the here and now. The addition of the word “structural” to the title refers to a social dimension of the work that transcends the individual. Bonvicini has produced a series of consecutively numbered works under this name over recent years.
01.02.2023 – 10.04.2023
Mo – We 9.00 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.
Thu 9.00 a.m.- 5.00 p.m.
Fri 9.00 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.
Federal Environment Agency (UBA)
Wörlitzer Platz 1
Federal Environment Agency
Traveling exhibition "Sea.Nature.Protection"
The Federal Environment Agency (UBA) and the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) invite all interested parties to find out more about protecting the oceans. The traveling exhibition “Meer.Natur.Schutz” at the Federal Environment Agency in Dessau-Roßlau will provide information on existing protected areas in German offshore sea areas and on various uses of the seas.
In various formats, the exhibition elements present the six marine protected areas in the German North Sea and Baltic Sea and provide an insight into how they are managed and protected. Nature photos and multimedia explanations give visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the sea as a habitat. This allows them to get to know protected mammals, seabirds and habitat types better. A highlight is the life-size porpoise model.
One focus of the exhibition is the BfN project to resettle the extinct reef-building European oyster in the North Sea. Another part is dedicated to international marine conservation and illustrates the importance of the network of protected areas in the world oceans for climate protection.
Museum of Natural History and Prehistory
Natural Impressions - Elbe, Oder, Wolga
In the “Natural Impressions” exhibition, the Dessau Museum of Natural History and Prehistory is dedicated to the floodplains of the European rivers Elbe, Oder and Volga. Four photographers were able to be won for the exhibition, who will show their pictures: Heike Setzermann and Dirk Vorwerk took atmospheric and impressive pictures of the landscape, animals and plants of the Elbe meadows. Dr. Karsten Neumann was out and about with his camera on the Oder on the border between Brandenburg and Poland and Dmitri Innus in the Volga delta. The four photographers contribute fantastic photos from their pool.
Experts count river floodplains among the azonal habitats. In doing so, they express the fact that floodplains are very similar even if they are located in very different natural areas and climates. The museum uses valuable specimens from its collections to illustrate such connections, but also addresses the differences along the three rivers.
Town History Museum
Records, sheet music, instruments - musical socializing in Dessau
The “Musikhaus Olberg” was one of the most renowned in Dessau at the beginning of the 20th century. Even the young Kurt Weill was sometimes a client. Founded in 1904 and advertised in 1908 as “Anhalt’s largest specialty shop for gramophones and records”, it celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1929. Until the beginning of the 1960s, it was known to many music lovers under the nickname “Goldene 1” in the Ratsgasse. Anyone who wanted to buy sheet music or the latest sound carriers went there. Above all, Hermann Olberg offered a wide range of musical instruments such as accordions, harmonicas, guitars, zithers and pianos. Some of these instruments can be seen in the exhibition.
In addition, the small show uses selected exhibits to highlight the musical activities of the people of Dessau in the 19th and 20th centuries. Numerous instrument shops, venues for events and choral societies shaped musical life in Dessau and Anhalt. Last but not least, Dessau artists such as Erich Schmidt-Uphoff (1911-2002) and Carl Marx (1911-1991) staged dance and music.
18.02.2023 – 26.03.2023
Tue – Sun 10.00 a. m. – 5.00 p. m.
Vernissage on 17.02. at 6 p.m. in the Bauhaus Museum Dessau
City Turning I Old town decay I Civic groups I GDR '89
Against the background of the lively discussion culture in Dessau about the lost cityscape and the built heritage, this view from the outside is very enriching. Crumbling facades, collapsing roofs, vacancies and broken windows – at the end of the 1980s, numerous inner cities in the GDR were in a catastrophic structural condition. However, little is known about how it came to this. The traveling exhibition “Stadtwende” tells the story of this piece of urban development and contemporary history.
In an introductory part of the exhibition, which wanders through a total of 10 East German cities, the background and undesirable developments in urban planning and urban renewal in the GDR are examined in a European context. An area developed for Dessau is dedicated to the special developments in the hometown of the Bauhaus.
The exhibition presents the results of a four-year BMBF research project of the Technical University of Kaiserslautern with the Bauhaus University Weimar, the Leibniz Institute for Spatial Social Research (IRS) in Erkner and the University of Kassel.
Exhibition in the Bauhaus Building
Archaeology of Modernism. Building Research Bauhaus Buildings Dessau
Whether door handles and bath tubs or colour samples and concrete fragments, the scientists in the building research archive of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation collect and investigate building components and materials of the architecture of Modernism. A worldwide unique collection of original testimonies that have been almost unknown by now. The exhibition Archaeology of Modernism. Building Research Bauhaus Buildings Dessau in the Bauhaus Building presents a selection from the building research archive and demonstrates the interaction of material and the architecture of Modernism by presenting building components and building materials, drawing and contemporary records.
Over the past decades, much knowledge about the once modern, however meanwhile historical materials has been lost. Many materials proved to be useful and prevailed, some of them not. They were just replaced in later refurbishment activities, apparently unimportant items, e.g. electrical lines and floor covers, were disposed of. But they find their place in the building research archive. They are secured, investigated and again and again studied to answer still pending questions of the architecture of Modernism.
Open Space Gallery
Take your time for a walk through the city and discover the most beautiful places of Dessau-Roßlau as photo impressions on an approximately 3.5 km long circuit between the train station and Kavalierstraße.
In this interesting format, the temporary exhibition presents appealing topics such as urban development, urban history and urban culture.
Local and regional photographers were asked to send in their very personal and most beautiful views of the sights of Dessau-Roßlau. The impressive results can be viewed on a walk through the city, can also be experienced digitally and inspire people to visit the original sites.
The photo impressions will be on display until spring 2023. After that, the exhibition will change thematically.
Click here to go to the exhibition page.