Bauhaus Museum

This year, Genius Loci Weimar will once again occupy a contemporary building, the Bauhaus Museum. The Bauhaus Museum opened in April 2019 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus. The Bauhaus School in Weimar and the Weimar Republic began together in 1919, advocating for a modern, democratic and cosmopolitan society.

The new Bauhaus Museum sees itself as an "open workshop", a place of experience through participation and mediation of craftsmanship and design processes. With the motto "How do we want to live together?" it does not pursue a teaching concept. This question, once posed by Walter Gropius, is to be understood as a call, and the spirit of the Bauhaus is to be made tangible. Among the exhibits on display is the Bauhaus collection, the oldest collection of its kind, which was created by Walter Gropius.

In the building, the visitor can look from floor to floor. The clear architecture of the new building works in its interior on five floors with two-story air spaces, with views in, out and through.

The location of the new Bauhaus Museum is on an axis from the former Nazi Socialist Gauforum via Weimar's Goetheplatz with the Harry Graf Kessler Art Gallery, a pioneer of the Bauhaus, to the German National Theater, where the constituent National Assembly met in 1919.

The new Bauhaus Museum is ideally suited as a competition object for media play: the sober, clear structure leaves plenty of room for its own creative language of forms and images.

The intention is to project onto the entire surface of the façade, thereby simulating a media display using projectors, lighting elements or other methods of illumination or display. Windows will be covered in a manner suitable for projection. Entrants are invited to develop a 10-15 minute video performance that will be repeated at the site every half hour during the festival weekend. The video should also include audio - either as a concrete proposal for the playback, or to better simulate the intended atmosphere in the festival situation. Spatial acoustics are also conceivable, either in the sense of multi-channel 3D audio or spatially separated focused audio islands with different narration, but the visitor crowd should be considered. The competition is also open to experimental positions for the visual display - for example, images that appear differently from different perspectives, or interactive augmentation with smartphones, for example.

Use of the building photos only with photo credits: © Tristan Vostry, Genius Loci Weimar 2023