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Bauhaus Dessau Foundation

Bauhaus Building Dessau, 2019 © Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. Photo: Thomas Meyer / OSTKREUZ.

The Bauhaus Dessau Foundation is an artistic-scientific foundation with the mission of preserving and passing on the ideas and themes of the Bauhaus. The Foundation’s work is historically reflexive and simultaneously investigates the present-day relevance and contemporary potentials that may be derived from the Bauhaus legacy for the twenty-first century.

Heritage conservation is a priority for the Bauhaus Building, the Masters’ Houses and the Dessau-Törten Housing Estate, as is the scientific work of the building research archive on materials and construction processes. Another task is to ensure that the buildings, which have been UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites since 1996, are made accessible to the public.

With approximately 50,000 objects, the collection of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation is the second-largest Bauhaus collection worldwide. Since 2019 it is possible to see the collection more fully in the Bauhaus Museum Dessau.

Since its founding as a school the Bauhaus has been a place of radical new beginnings, with traditional knowledge being replaced by an integral and experimental approach which moves between art, technology and the natural sciences and incorporates sensory experiences. These programmatic approaches of the pedagogical legacy of the Bauhaus are conveyed and updated in the programs of the Foundation’s academy.

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