Exhibition in the Bauhaus Building
Isa Rosenberger: Manda
The dancer and ballet master Manda von Kreibig collaborated with Oskar Schlemmer from 1928 to 1929, but little is known about her life and work. She forms the starting point for the research conducted by Isa Rosenberger, the Bauhaus Dessau’s artist-in-residence 2022. As in her other work, Rosenberger examines historiography, with its abbreviations, omissions, and revisions.
For her new work, she went in search of traces in museum archives and publications. She frequently visited the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation’s museum storage, which now becomes the focus of attention. After all, storage and archives represent what is considered worth preserving and collecting and, at the same time, what is not collected, what is missing. But the museum storage is also a place of potential activation, which may bring the forgotten and neglected back into the light, to the public’s attention.
In association with the dancer Celia Millan, Rosenberger invokes the experimental mood of the historic Bauhaus in the storage of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, turning it into a stage to explore – through film and dance – (forgotten) Bauhaus histories and the neglected stories of the women of the Bauhaus. In the process, Rosenberger asks general questions about the memories of museums and their responsibilities in the process of writing history.
Azra Akšamija nomadic mosque
With clothes that can be transformed into prayer rugs, the project examines the idea of the mosque space, its formal boundaries and its relationship to the human body. While respecting religious rules, the Nomadic Mosque aims to redefine the traditional forms and functions of mosques in a contemporary context. The project interprets the idea of the world as a mosque, as it was created by the prophet Mohammed, as portable architecture. The Nomadic Mosque can thus be regarded as a minimal volume mosque, its design based on the individual needs and experiences of the worshipper. But it is also a device that can transform any secular space into a room for prayer. It not only accommodates the liturgical necessities, but also serves as a prosthetic device for the devotee.
The Learning Body
Our bodies absorb and exude, are part of our “expression”, be it through physical manifestation, creative dance, exercise, or work. Which capacities to store knowledge does the human body have? What does it remember? Which cognitive processes are first stimulated by movement in space?
The physical body as a kind of learning tool straddling play, sport, and performance “on demand” forms the focal point of this experimental research and cooperation project. In collaboration with the Curatorial Workshop’s cultural outreach programme, Corina Forthuber and students from the Gestaltung: Technik.Textil course of study at the Mozarteum University Salzburg address the ideational history of the “learning body” and carry out experiments to explore the ability to remember, physical action, and the physical sensor system. Through the modification of bodies, they examine and shift automated behaviours and transform tried-and-tested relationships between the body and space.
Intermezzi in the Bauhaus Museum
The Art of the Palliative Turn Art for the End of Our Way of Life
In 2020, the artist Olav Westphalen (born 1963) initiated the Association for the Palliative Turn, a loosely connected group of international artists. Since then, its members have focused on the artistic potentials of dealing with death, palliation, and leave-taking in a range of media and event formats that make use of humour, generosity, delight, and reflection. In the practice of life, the human body is inevitably awarded the role of a medium. The various limitations that bodies impose on people are as much a part of this as all singular sensory perceptions and experiences.
Museum of Natural History and Prehistory
Zoonoses - Animal dangerous
African swine fever, bird flu, cat flu – animals can get sick too. But what happens when the pathogens spread to humans? In this case one speaks of a zoonosis. Such a disease can pass in humans almost imperceptibly. But history shows that the consequences are sometimes very drastic. While plague and rabies used to spread fear and terror, today it is Ebola and Covid-19 that are causing the world to shake, regionally or globally.
Covid-19 will not be the last novel zoonosis to make the leap from animals to humans. Reason enough to take a closer look at the topic as part of the new special exhibition “Zoonoses – animal dangerous” in the Dessau Museum of Natural History and Prehistory. The exhibition also wants to convey how one can best protect oneself from infections. Valuable exhibits from the museum’s collection and loans from the University of Halle, the Charité in Berlin and the Natural History Museum in Leipzig complete the exhibition.
Exhibition in the Orangery
From Dürer to Kandinsky -
100 Master Drawings of the Anhalt Picture Gallery Dessau
The collection of drawings is one of the most important components of the Anhaltische Gemäldegalerie Dessau. For the first time, a representative overview of its rich holdings will be presented in a selection of 100 top-class masterpieces on paper. Visitors will embark on a journey through time from the late Middle Ages to the era of Classical Modernism when viewing the works on display.
The important focus of the collection on Old German drawing is represented by high-quality sheets by Albrecht Dürer, Albrecht Altdorfer and Lucas Cranach the Elder. Less well known are the collections of Mannerist and Baroque drawings, including works by Hendrick Goltzius, Federico Barocci and Johann Heinrich Schönfeld.
The art of the Goethe period is represented by works by Wilhelm Tischbein (the “Goethe Tischbein”), Daniel Chodowiecki and the hitherto unjustly ignored painter Caroline Friederike Friedrich, among others. Masterpieces of Romantic draughtsmanship by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, Ferdinand Olivier and Karl Friedrich Schinkel also belong to the poet’s time. The rich holdings of the 19th century, including prints by Carl Blechen, Carl Gustav Carus and Moritz von Schwind, as well as the period around 1900, including works by Hans Thoma, Max Slevogt and Otto Dix, are partly unpublished and were previously unknown even to specialist researchers.
In keeping with its mission as a treasure house of Anhalt art since its foundation in 1927, the gallery owns many drawings that bear witness to the art scene in the former small state. The exhibition also includes prominent works by artists who are connected with Anhalt through their origins or their work. These include architectural drawings by Ludwig Binder and Franz Skarbina, landscape drawings by Carl Wilhelm Kolbe and Friedrich Chapon, portraits by Franz Krüger and Heinrich Beck as well as a watercolour acquired during Wassily Kandinsky’s time in Dessau.
05.07.2023 – 22.10.2023
Mon – Fri 9.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Sat – Sun 9.00 a.m.- 4.00 p.m.
Federal Environment Agency (UBA)
Wörlitzer Platz 1
Federal Environment Agency
Antje Majewski & Pawel Freisler. The Apple. An introduction
It is one of the oldest cultivated fruits and is considered a symbol of life, love, knowledge and wealth in many cultures. Using the apple as an example, market dynamics, critical questions of nutrition, variety preservation and the resilience of cultivated plants in the face of climate change and the increasing loss of biological diversity can also be discussed. The Apple. An introduction. (Always and again and again), a joint project by Antje Majewski and the Polish conceptual artist Paweł Freisler, addresses artistic, scientific, cultural-historical and political aspects of the traditional fruit. The artists approach their subject in watercolours, paintings, photographs and films. The exhibition can be seen from July 5, 2023 at the invitation of the Federal Environment Agency and in cooperation with the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and Urbanen Farm Dessau in the Federal Environment Agency in Dessau. As part of the program accompanying the exhibition, apple trees are to be planted in downtown Dessau in October.
More information about the exhibition: umweltbundesamt.de
Exhibition in KUNSTHALLE / Dessau
Ullrich Wannhoff - The picturesque cycle GILGAMESCH
Ullrich Wannhoff’s art is authentic and truthful because it draws on a direct view of nature and grows from the study of ancient myths. The artist draws on his experiences in the deserted, wild areas of the Kamchatka region and does not follow modernism or trends. He drew inspiration from Gilgamesh, the first great epic in world literature, 2000 BC. Carved on clay tablets by a Babylonian poet in the 1st century BC, they fascinate and inspire. Human primal fears and find partial salvation in this worldly action. Antagonism between nature and civilization. Tyranny, greed for power and sheer brutality, but also – after the hero’s purification – feelings of love and melancholy. Wannhoff approaches the subject with archaic force, strong color expression and simplified, outlined shapes.
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.
In the current exhibition, 14 photo banks compare city views from Dessau-Roßlau today with photos from the past 60 years. This results in an exciting testimony to urban development.
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.
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