Exhibition in the Bauhaus Building
HfG Ulm: Exhibition Fever
The national and international exhibitions of the Ulm School of Design (HfG) contributed significantly to its global prominence. The exhibition “HfG Ulm: Exhibition Fever” highlights, for the first time, this interplay of design theory and exhibition practice. It presents past exhibitions by the school itself as well as commissioned exhibitions, which were conceived by the HfG between 1953 and 1968 and shown at home and abroad. Unpublished source texts and historical material such as exhibition stands, system designs and photographs illustrate the design and exhibition practice of the HfG. Also highlighted is the key role of graphic designer and HfG co-founder Otl Aicher. Visitors are transported back to the 1950s and 60s when, as one contemporary noted, a real “exhibition fever” seems to have taken hold of the school. A travelling exhibition of the HfG Archive Ulm.
05.11. – 12.12.2021
Wed – Sun
11.00 a. m. – 5.00 p. m.
Exhibition in kunstRaum22
Leo Hohlfeld 1872 to 1951
Leo Hohlfeld was born on May 29, 1872 in Wahren and grew up in Schwerin. His artistic career began with training in the studio of the renowned stage designer Wildbrandt in Schwerin. However, this alone was not enough for him, he took additional lessons with the restorer Prof. Malchin. He used the skills he had acquired in this way at theaters in Schwerin, Leipzig, Zwickau and Dessau. His next professional station was the Rostock Theater, before he was called back to the Dessau Court Theater because of his artistic abilities.
In 1898 Hohlfeld made the decision to become artistically independent, but in 1937 he took over the function of a part-time custodian of the works of art owned by the city of Dessau.
In the second half of his life, Leo Hohlfeld was one of the most famous Dessau painters. With his particularly distinctive art of landscape reproduction, he had laid the foundations for this. The fact that Hohlfeld was forgotten after World War II may be due to the fact that he neither belonged to the resistance nor was an active supporter of the Nazi regime. Works by him are offered sporadically in auctions.
Exhibition in the Orangery at Georgium Castle
Sugar from beets - A "fuel" of the modern age
The Dessau Sugar Refinery was founded on June 14, 1871 and entered in the commercial register on September 1, 1871. The company was founded in order to put into industrial practice the process developed by chemists Max and Emil Fleischer for extracting sugar by desugaring molasses with the aid of strontium compounds.
This process made it possible to produce consumer sugar easily and inexpensively.
The sugar refinery developed into one of the most important economic enterprises in our city, which also included the Strontian and potash factory in Roßlau. To mark the birth of the Dessau Sugar Refinery 150 years ago, the Dessau-Roßlau City Archives and the Dessau Museum of City History are currently preparing an exhibition entitled Sugar from Beets – A “Fuel of the Modern Age”, which will not only shed light on the history of the Dessau Sugar Refinery up to today’s Gärungschemie Dessau GmbH.
The cultivation of sugar beet and the beet sugar industry were also associated with modern technical developments and numerous innovations in agribusiness, mechanical engineering, the chemical industry and food and luxury food production, but it also had a major influence on everyday life, politics, culture, migration and numerous other areas of society.
These complex interrelationships are examined for the first time in the exhibition for Dessau-Roßlau and the Anhalt region using numerous objects, models, graphics, photos and film footage.
Sugar was once a luxury good. However, with the growing production volume of beet sugar, from the last third of the 19th century at the latest, members of the poorer classes of society were also able to afford sugar for sweetening coffee or tea and sugary products such as sweets, jam, sweet pastries, cakes and pies. Probably every family had sugar containers in the pantry or sugar bowls on the dining table. These changes in the everyday life of people will also be shown in the exhibition.
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 2022. After that, the exhibition will change thematically.
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Fictional: Alexis Lowry, Hannes Bajohr und Rita Evans
Exhibition of the Bauhaus Residence
Residents Alexis Lowry, Hannes Bajohr and Rita Evans have been working intensively on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Masters’ Houses during their stay in Dessau in recent weeks and months. For the annual theme “Infrastructure,” curator Alexis Lowry chose modular, sculptural, and industrially manufactured objects by artist Charlotte Posenenske as the focal point of her work, which resist the notion of domination in favor of the participatory.
Writer, philosopher, and literary scholar Hannes Bajohr drew on archival texts to approach the invisible infrastructure of the Masters’ Houses. He selected passages from administrative documents and correspondence between tenants and the magistrate, arranged them, and placed them in the places to which they refer.
Artist Rita Evans has been working at Haus Muche since September, experimenting with materials and forms and exploring what sound they produce when played and moved by a group or audience from the public. She will be in contact with the people of Dessau to discover new ways of playing her sculptures.
Works of art and artistic work processes create specific new approaches to the world and in this sense are fictional: the term is derived from the Latin verb “fingere” and means nothing other than “to shape, form, imagine.” Thus, fiction does not primarily entail the creation of a world of one’s own, but can just as well mean the shaping of the existing world, the real. Fiction is thus also a way to gain distance, to question realities, to see them anew.
In their work, artists also explore how meaning and value are constituted in a specific present. What is told, why and how? And what differences, points of friction and overlaps arise when fictions are dedicated to the same theme but realized by different artists with different means?
In cooperation with the Literaturhaus Berlin and the Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig.
In the experimental space: (be)grasping infrastructure. On collecting and curating
from April 15, 2021 to March 6, 2022
Guest: Ludwig Hilberseimer. Infrastructures of the New City
from October 28, 2021 to March 6, 2022
Bauhaus Museum Dessau
Interludes: Exhibitions in the exhibition
The interludes are changing exhibitions in the exhibition “Versuchsstätte Bauhaus. The Collection” in the Black Box of the Bauhaus Museum Dessau. They expand the collection presentation and continue it. From Collecting presents new groups of objects from the Dessau collection or objects that have not been given a permanent place in the museum. Guest invites objects from international Bauhaus collections or curators, artists and designers who deal with themes and objects of Bauhaus modernism. And in the experimentation room, the Bauhaus Agents provide insights into their project work with schools in Dessau-Roßlau. Here, visitors can become active themselves with small experimental and design tasks.