The Bauhaus centenary

100 years of Bauhaus: for the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, the centenary offers an opportunity to learn and work together. It is an invitation to seek and put forward solutions to contemporary questions in research and art, teaching and study, and offers impetus for a constant new beginning, for ventures into the unknown – similar to the Bauhaus of 1919.

How will the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar celebrate the Bauhaus centenary? First and foremost, with what distinguishes a modern university: curiosity, creativity and experimentation, and research, creative work and design. But what do we want and what can we achieve at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar today? What do we need to focus our attention on? How can we identify the questions we need to ask and to which we need to find answers?

The university is committed to the fundamental ideas and debates of the present day. What challenges can be discerned and need to be overcome? How can humans preserve their identity, authenticity and integrity between endangered nature and evolving technology? What future can we expect? And which concepts and models do we need to anticipate, understand and shape what is still to come?

The university forms personality and personalities. Which generations come to the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar as students and staff? How do they think and feel? What do they strive to achieve and where do they want to go? What do we want from them? How and why do we want to educate them? What are the characteristics of the personality that we focus on in our courses and educational offers?

The university showcases its creations and the products of its work. What are we researching today? What are we writing about? And what are we using to create our designs today? What disciplines do we need and how do they work together? How can we identify and present today’s problems through research, art and design? And how exactly should we shape relationships between humans, machines and our environment in order to foster social cohesion and enable a good life for every single one of us?

The Bauhaus-Universität Weimar considers its history a contemporary challenge and will also reflect on its historical sites during the anniversary year. How do the different layers of Weimar’s past and the university buildings that today form part of the world cultural heritage influence contemporary thought, learning and creativity? How is the history reflected in the university’s present-day perception of itself?

While conscious of its past, the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar does not rest on its laurels. It is defined by its contemporary nature, whereby it upholds the historical Bauhaus of 1919. The centenary offers the opportunity and impetus to discuss current challenges and future tasks, to conceive new projects and study programmes, and to develop the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar even further.