DAY TWO: WEIMAR
On Friday, October 11 we will walk and drive around the city of Weimar to get a sense of the 18th and 19th century city where the Bauhaus school of design was founded by Walter Gropius in 1919. The walk from the hotel through the annual Weimar Onion Festival to the New Bauhaus Museum will focus on a variety of sites, from the 16th century house of Renaissance painter Lucas Cranach the Elder to the National Theater, where the Weimar Republic was founded in 1919.
At the New Bauhaus Museum (2019, by German architect Heike Hanada) we will tour the exhibition, Das Bauhaus kommt aus Weimar (The Bauhaus Originated in Weimar). In the afternoon we will drive and walk through Park an der Ilm, which features an English-style landscape that was begun in 1778 as a modification of an earlier Baroque garden. Later we will tour a variety of buildings designed by Bauhaus architects and students including Haus am Horn (1923, by Bauhaus master Georg Muche and his students), designed for the first international Bauhaus exhibition; the Weimar Bauhaus Building (designed 1904 by Henry van de Velde as the Saxon Grand Ducal Art School); and the reconstructed Walter Gropius office and stairhall murals by Herbert Bayer and Oskar Schlemmer.
We also will tour the Haus Hohe Pappeln (1907–1908) designed by Henry van de Velde as his own home when he came to Weimar to advise Grand Duke Wilhelm Ernst. In 1902 Van de Velde redesigned the interiors of Villa Silberblick (1897) to house Nietzsche Archive, which we will tour. Finally, to close the day we will tour Weimar Central Cemetery to see the Monument to the March Dead (1920–1922 by Walter Gropius) which honors workers who lost their lives in support of German democracy when they opposed a 1920 coup d’etat. We will close the day with a group dinner at a location to be announced.
Haus am Horn (1923, Georg Muche)
Haus Hohe Pappeln (1907–1908, Henry van de Velde)
DAY THREE: DESSAU AND WÖRLITZ
On Saturday morning, October 12, we will drive by motor coach to Dessau to tour the many buildings of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation which was established after the reunification of East and West Germany in 1994 to restore the Bauhaus buildings in Dessau and make them available for public access.
Dessau, the former East German city most closely associated with the Bauhaus, is where the school was active for the longest period of time, 1925–1932. Most of the Bauhaus Dessau buildings, which we will see as part of this program, are considered icons of 20th century architecture. They include the Bauhaus Building (1925-1926, Walter Gropius), (where we will visit the current exhibition Architektur und Material (Architecture and Material); Mies van der Rohe’s only building in Dessau, a small sales kiosk (1932, reconstructed in 2014); the white, cubic Masters’ Houses (1925-1926 by Walter Gropius) which were the homes of internationally acclaimed Bauhaus artists including Lyonel Feininger, Paul Klee, and Wassily Kandinsky; and the New Masters’ House, an interpretative 2014 recreation by Bruno Fioretti Marquez of the houses Gropius designed in 1926 for himself and Moholy-Nagy which were lost in World War II.
We will lunch in the legendary Kornhaus Restaurant (1929-1930, by Carl Fieger) overlooking the Elbe river and then tour the Employment Office downtown (1928–1929 by Walter Gropius), built following a design competition run by the city of Dessau.
Afterwards we will visit the new Bauhaus Museum nearby (completed in 2019, by architects Gonzalez Hinz Zabala) and tour the exhibition Versuchsstätte Bauhaus. Die Sammlung, (Laboratory Bauhaus: The Collection).
At the close of the day we will drive to nearby Wörlitzer Park for warm drinks on a scenic boat ride at sunset through the 18th Century landscape park (one the first English gardens on the continent), a group dinner and overnight accommodations.
Bauhaus Building (1925-1926, Walter Gropius)
Kornhaus Restaurant (1929-1930, by Carl Fieger) Image credit: Fraser Muirhead
DAY FOUR: DESSAU & BERLIN
On Sunday, October 13 we will return to Dessau in the morning to see additional residential designs of the Bauhaus including the Törten Housing Estate (1926–1928 by Walter Gropius), commissioned by the City of Dessau and conceived by the Bauhaus as a solution for affordable housing on a large, but humanized, scale. We also will see the Steel House (1926–1927 by Georg Muche and Richard Paulick) which was intended as a prototype for the Törten Estate, but never went into mass production.
On the way to Berlin we will enjoy a box lunch on a motor coach and drive by important, little-known buildings in the town of Luckenwalde by Erich Mendelsohn and Richard Neutra.
In the afternoon we will arrive in Berlin and tour the exhibition, Original Bauhaus, a Bauhaus Archive Exhibition at the Berlinische Galerie. Following the exhibition on the short drive to the hotel, the Maritim ProArte Hotel, we will briefly stop by the Mosse House (1921–1923 by Erich Mendelsohn and Richard Neutra). Participants will have time to freshen up at the hotel before our closing night dinner at House Lemke (1932, Mies van der Rohe). This intimate house was Mies’s last building in Berlin before he emigrated to Chicago in 1937 to become Director of the School of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Following dinner, we will have a farewell night cap at the Maritim ProArte Hotel, which is within walking distance of many Berlin landmarks including the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the Galeries Lafayette and Gendarmenmarkt, as well as Museum Island with Schinkel’s Altes Museum and the almost-finished reconstruction of the Royal Palace.
Employment Office (1928–1929, Walter Gropius)
New Masters’ House (interpretive recreation of Gropius' director's house, 2014, Fioretti Marquez Architects)