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  • The restored office of Walter Gropius

    Image by Rainer Halama on Wikimedia Commons via CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED

  • The Kornhaus restaurant

    Image by JensKunstfreund on Wikimedia Commons via CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED

  • Wassily Chairs (Model B3 chair) at the Bauhaus Dessau

  • The Bauhaus Dessau

  • The Masters Houses

  • Group portrait of the weaving class of master weaver Kurt Wanke at the Bauhaus Dessau

    Image by Bauhaus Archive Berlin on Wikimedia Commons via public domain

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  • Discover the highlights of the Bauhaus School and modernist design in Germany in the centenary year of the construction of the Bauhaus Dessau

  • Take in the major centres of Weimar and Dessau alongside the lesser-visited but culturally rewarding town of Jena, and Halle with its abundance of 1920s modernist architecture

  • Study the art, architecture and design of the Bauhaus School and related artists, including creations by Walter Gropius and Henry van de Velde 

“I loved everything we visited. It was an incredibly rich experience… Throughout, Alan provided fascinating and invaluable historical, political and biographical context to the locations, the art and the personalities”

– ACE customer on the 2023 Bauhaus: German Modern Art & Design tour

Of all the avant-garde enterprises in art and design between the wars, the Staatliches Bauhaus provides a paradigm of modernism. The school taught the unity of art, craft and design with the aim of breaking down traditional disciplinary boundaries to achieve material and spiritual welfare. This tour offers the opportunity to explore not only the Bauhaus but also the wider artistic context of the movement.

 

The Bauhaus opened in 1919 under the directorship of Walter Gropius, taking over the Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Applied Arts) building, designed by Henry van de Velde, its pre-1914 director. In Weimar, a city already famous for its associations with J W von Goethe and Friedrich Nietzsche, the Bauhaus can be seen in the context of German thinking about art, nature and politics. Here, we will take in the Bauhaus Building, including the restored office of Walter Gropius, and the Haus am Horn, a prototype house built to showcase Bauhaus design principles.

 

In 1925, the school was transferred to Dessau, its most famous location; Gropius designed a new building to house the school which, in its restored state, powerfully evokes what it might have been like to study there. 2025 will mark 100 years since construction began on the complex, and we also look forward to visiting the Bauhaus Museum in Dessau, which opened in 2019 to celebrate the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus School.

 

Alongside these major centres, we will also visit other locations in Thuringia and Saxony that reveal a wealth of 20th century treasures. In Jena, we will enjoy a privileged visit to Gropius’s pioneering Haus Auerbach, courtesy of the owners, whilst Halle drew many members of the Bauhaus from Weimar and offers various examples of 1920s modernism.

 

Our tour begins with three nights in Weimar at the four-star Dorint Hotel Am Goethepark, located close to the Bauhaus Museum. This will be followed by two nights in Dessau at the modern and comfortable four-star Radisson Blu Fürst Leopold Hotel.

 

Tour Director Alan Powers, PhD, studied History of Art at Cambridge University and is a specialist in the art, architecture and design of the 20th century. A former Chairman of the 20th Century Society, Alan’s wide-ranging research, curation and publication on varied topics pertaining to British art – including the Arts & Crafts movement, the experiences of 1930s German émigrés and the teaching of art and design – form the basis of his interest in the Bauhaus and contemporary movements in Germany. Alan is the author of many books, including Bauhaus Goes West, which was published in 2019 to coincide with the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus School.

Days
6
Cost
£2995
Tour Code
GBAU-25


Included: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a comfort double bedded room, five breakfasts, three lunches (two light), five dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities & all taxes.


Not Included: travel insurance, comfort double room for single use supplement £295.

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