From December 24, 2021 to January 2, 2022 the exhibition "Bauhaus Pur. Photographs by Jean Molitor" will be closed. We look forward to welcoming you again in the New Year at the usual opening hours Thu|Fri 10 am until 2 pm and Sat|Sun 11 am - 4 pm!
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From 15 November, the 2G regulation will also apply in Brandenburg. Our exhibition, guided tours and events are therefore only open to those who have been vaccinated or have recovered. So please do not forget to bring your vaccination and convalescence certificates for presentation!
From 1 August, the baudenkmal bundesschule bernau association will present the new exhibition Bauhaus Pur on its premises. On display will be a selection of 34 fascinating architectural photographs by the internationally renowned photo artist Jean Molitor, who has been following the traces of Bauhaus architecture worldwide since 2009. His aim is not only to create an image archive of the architecture of Classical Modernism, but also to capture the buildings from their exciting side, finding the right moment of exposure. In the teachers' residence at Hannes-Meyer-Campus 9 in Bernau-Waldfrieden, he is now showing a selection of his photographs, which present themselves through a very finely differentiated grey scale between pure white and rich black.
With his art project bau1haus, photographer Jean Molitor has succeeded in an impressive way in illustrating the global charisma and spread of Bauhaus architecture. He has visited over fifty countries so far and impressively captured architectural treasures on camera – including in countries where one would not necessarily expect to find modernist buildings, such as Afghanistan, Guatemala, Lebanon, Kenya and Burundi.
"It's a collecting passion, which is interesting or perhaps important in that many of these houses won't even exist forever," Molitor describes in an interview with the ARTE television channel in 2019.
In Burundi, houses were not demolished because of his commitment, but in other countries they no longer exist, such as the National Theatre in Tirana, photographed by Molitor in 2019 and demolished in 2020. Not everywhere is and was Molitor's intention understood: In some countries, such as Lebanon, he was arrested "... because they didn't understand," Molitor says, "what he was doing, whether he was commercial or political, or even fulfilling a mission as a terrorist or spy." According to his research, there are still testimonies of Bauhaus architecture in over 100 other countries.
Jean Molitor publishes his photographs in numerous illustrated books and international exhibitions. In the exhibition Bauhaus Pur, Molitor shows impressively and in high artistic and technical quality the versatility of Bauhaus architecture in Germany and elsewhere, as well as its parallels and differences to other modernist buildings.
Since 1990, baudenkmal bundesschule bernau e. V. has been committed to the preservation and restoration of the former ADGB Trade Union School. It researches and publishes topics related to today's UNESCO Bauhaus World Heritage Site and has the most extensive collection on the 90-year history of the school. Learn more about us and our projects here. We are looking forward to meeting you!
In order to counteract the undesired echoing in the lecture hall of the Trade Union School in Bernau and to distribute the light optimally throughout the entire room, a material was needed that could meet both requirements. Since such a material did not yet exist in 1929, the Bauhaus promptly commissioned one of its best weavers to develop a suitable material for the lecture hall of the Trade Union School in her diploma thesis. The "silver fabric" was to become Anni Albers' ticket to the newly founded Black Mountain College in the USA when she was no longer safe in Germany as a Jew in 1933.
The opening of the visitor centre at the Bauhaus World Heritage Site, which was planned for early October, has to be postponed yet again. Due to delivery problems with building materials, the goal set by the city has receded into the distance. It is not yet clear when the visitor centre will finally receive visitors.