The Bauhaus Open House exhibitions opened last week celebrating 100 years of Bauhaus but there’s plenty more related events to follow in the coming week as the Goethe-Institut Cyprus teams up with a number of other local organisations to complete this series of events.
First up is a conference on Wednesday in collaboration with the Department of Architecture of the University of Nicosia to discuss and analyse Bauhaus from different perspectives with keynote speaker Dr Magdalena Droste.
The former director of the Bauhaus-Archiv Museum für Gestaltung in Berlin, Droste will give an in-depth presentation about Bauhaus covering its history, the changes through its three different directors, the historical context of Bauhaus, leading up to the present day, 100 years after the Bauhaus school was founded in 1919.
Wanting to explore the more cultural aspect of Bauhaus besides its minimalist and revolutionary design, an evening of dance performances and a film screening is organised, honouring the themed costume parties and evenings of theatre and dance it often hosted. April 11 at Dancehouse Lefkosia will hold a choreography by Ariana Economou with specially-made costumes while a screening of the Triadic ballet film by Oskar Schlemmer will lead the audience into the world of Bauhaus and its famous ballet.
After the screening, three dancers will take to the stage, in their own self-designed Triadic ballet reminiscent body extensions. They’ll present a new interpretation of Oskar Schlemmer’s work, almost 100 years after its premiere in 1922.
More film screenings will follow on April 19, along with the closing party where DJ Rob Fleming will present some Post-Punk and Krautrock music selections influenced by the Bauhaus movement. Despite a closing party, there will be one more event to follow on April 28. Another film screening. This one will present a picture of this unique institution of artistic modernism; from the revolutionary outburst following the First World War to disbandment, emigration and professional advancement. It is former Bauhaus students who tell most of the story, their teachers having the chance to speak via archive material.
“This critical account of the artistic and political objectives of the Bauhaus is perhaps the most comprehensive to be portrayed on film,” say the organisers. “It provides an insight into the essence of Bauhaus principles, the conflicts which led to Bauhaus’ relocation from Weimar to Dessau, the disbandment of the school during the Nazi period, the construction activity in the young Israeli state, and the emergence of the Bauhaus myth in the USA.”
100 years of Bauhaus
A series of Bauhaus events. Film screenings, dance performances, a conference and a closing party. April 3,11,19,28. Nicosia. Organised by Goethe-Institut Cyprus. Free. Tel: 22-674606