Bach and Bauhaus

Concert about »Johann Sebastian Bach and Bauhaus« as part of the Weimar Night of Museums 2019

Many of the artists of the newly-established Bauhaus movement in Weimar appreciated the music of Johann Sebastian Bach as an important source of inspiration, among others in their search for constructive principles for abstract art. However, Bach did not merely influence the paintings and sculptures of Weimar-based Bauhaus followers such as Itten, Feininger, Klee, and Kandinsky. They were also inspired by his works to compose their very own pieces (e.g. Lyonel Feininger’s Fugues).

To celebrate 100 years of Bauhaus, the harpsichordists Aleksandra and Alexander Grychtolik (architecture alumni of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar) will devote themselves to the music of J.S. Bach and its reception by the Bauhaus artists. The concert will not only include works by J.S. Bach and Lyonel Feininger, but also texts and paintings by Bauhaus artists accompanied by Bach’s music. The Korean composer Huiyeong Bang has also composed so-called »miniatures« for four selected Bach paintings by Bauhaus artists so as to transfer the experimental Bauhaus approaches to a present-day context. 

Dr. phil. Alexander Grychtolik
Aleksandra Grychtolik
Doctorate graduation ceremony of the Professorship for Conservation and History of Architecture
Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism

For more information, see www.grychtolik.com.