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Celebrating Bauhaus

April 6, 2019

2019 marks the centenary of the Bauhaus. It was founded in Weimar, Germany, in 1919 as a collaboration between the different schools of arts and crafts. Significant architects as Walter Gropius, Hannes Meyer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe led the school until it was closed by the Nazis in 1932.

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The centenary is currently celebrated at the Design Museum Denmark in Copenhagen. The many-facetted aspects and departments of the school are displayed and thoroughly explained in text. The context to the Danish design scene in the period is marked with examples of buildings and design, as well as texts by Poul Henningsen. The contrasts between the Barcelona Chair by Mies van der Rohe and the Red Chair by Kaare Klint are striking, both from the late 1920’s yet very far apart.

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The contrasts and similarities in chair design are shown in the permanent part of the museum, which displays Danish as well as international chairs in context to each other. It is always like entering a treasure box.

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