Projects of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Free State of Thuringia, represented by the State Chancellery of Thuringia, Department of Culture and the Arts.
What impulses can the historical Bauhaus (1919-1933) offer us today and in the future? On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus in 2019, the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung in Berlin, the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau and the Klassik Stiftung Weimar received funding to build new Bauhaus museums. In order to better implement new methods of museum design and develop innovative educational formats for these museums, the German Federal Cultural Foundation launched the several-year-long programme “Bauhaus Agents” in cooperation with the three Bauhaus institutions.
Since the beginning of the 2016/2017 school year, nine Bauhaus Agents have been working closely together with pupils, artists, curators, architects, historians, designers, urban researchers and many other experts. The goal is to tap the full potential of the Bauhaus for our present time – at the three new museums, in the partner schools and beyond.
The original “Bauhäusler” worked to achieve nothing less than reshaping everyday life, modern living conditions and our social coexistence. The issues addressed by the historical Bauhaus are now more topical than ever. The Bauhaus Agents begin where the Bauhaus left off. Together with pupils and other partners, they develop and test participative projects, presentation media and educational programmes. From this collaboration, they can potentially develop, for example, activating exhibition guides, transparent guidance systems or communicative seating furniture, all of which would increase the quality of one’s stay and benefit all visitors.
The "Bauhaus Agents” is unlike any programme in the German museum landscape as it focuses on integrating visitors into the museum concepts and exhibition designs starting in the planning phase. The Bauhaus Agents are thus creating the new museums of the 21st century – as open, inviting and discursive places.
In this respect, the Bauhaus Agents possess a model character with national and international relevance. In addition to innovative presentation formats and future-oriented forms of collaboration between museums and schools, the Bauhaus Agents programme is developing structures and processes which interlink the educational measures in all the museum departments. Upon completion of the programme, the results and processes will be made available to other institutions as examples and models.
The three Bauhaus Agents Maxie Götze, Johannes Siebler and Valerie Stephani are working with eleven partner schools to develop an educational programme and design elements for the Bauhaus Museum Weimar.
The Bauhaus Agents are currently collaborating with the following schools in Weimar and the surrounding region:
The “Bauhaus Agents” programme is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation in cooperation with the Klassik Stiftung Weimar / Bauhaus-Museum Weimar, the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau and the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin.
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Project director of the Weimar Bauhaus Agents
Dr Silke Feldhoff
Programme coordinator of the Bauhaus Agents
As part of their project work, the Bauhaus Agents set up the temporary workshop “BAU” in the Other Music Academy. In the “BAU” workshop, artists and designers organised a diverse programme in which various media and formats were tested. The workshop served as an interim solution until the workshops in the Bauhaus Museum and Neues Museum Weimar were installed. The important results and procedures were then integrated into the new museum workshops.