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DEUTSCHES NATIONALTHEATER
NEUES BAUHAUS-MUSEUM
MON AMI

In 2019, Genius Loci Weimar will be dedicated to two particularly noteworthy anniversaries: the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus and the centenary of the Weimar Constitution, the first parliamentary-democratic constitution on German soil.

 

Both of these events were epoch-making in their own way and they remain as unforgotten as they are tangible in everyday life. The Weimar Constitution’s concrete and explicit commitment to inalienable fundamental rights such as gender equality was decades ahead of its time, a fact that is underlined by the prevalence and topicality of these issues still today. The same is true of the Bauhaus, which used its visionary power to turn a simple manifestation into a set of creative principles, against a background of revolutionary and disruptive media that ultimately served to reinforce their validity.

 

It would seem at first glance to be an unbelievable coincidence that these two anniversaries occur in the same year and location. However, on closer inspection it is possible to recognise the eras, overarching structures and benign spirits that have urged these anniversaries, with all their cultural radiance, into precisely this time and location.

 

It was no coincidence that the first German constitution was forged in a place that once stood for the very spirit of enlightenment and humanism. Nor was it a coincidence that the most radical and innovative design school emerged where royal politics exercised its authority through art as opposed to violence. Furthermore, it is more than mere chance that these epoch-making events took place following the catastrophe of the lost First World War, when they were much needed and indeed possible at all. Behind the better-known Bauhaus masters and constitutional fathers are figures such as Harry Graf Kessler and Ernst Hardt, who worked doggedly towards this new cultural blossoming.

 

With the German National Theatre, the Mon Ami Cultural Centre and the new Bauhaus Museum, this year’s Genius Loci Weimar is reflecting upon three locations that perfectly represent these epochs. The Weimar Constitution was negotiated in the German National Theatre, the architecture, urban development and building history of the Mon Ami Cultural Centre exemplifies urban society’s emancipation from the aristocracy, while the new Bauhaus Museum reflects on the historical development and legacy of the Bauhaus.

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