Can you believe that it’s mid-November already? Like, it was just like yesterday that I got to Bremen and started my exciting term. Now every corner and every store is full of Christmas decorations. They begin bringing the holiday spirit very early this year. I celebrated the end of October on a field trip with my classmate to Weimar and Dessau, the two most famous cities for Bauhaus architecture. What is Bauhaus? Well, Bauhaus was the most famous and influential applied for art and architecture university in Germany from 1919 until 1933, when it was forced to close by the Nazis. It was revolutionary at that time as lots of new methods and art theories were introduced that made a significant impact on not only Germany but also other countries in Europe and America. The school also greatly influenced modern graphic design and topography, setting the foundation for today’s graphic design. Nowadays, people remember Bauhaus through its unique furniture design and architecture, such as the Bauhaus lamp, armchair, or geometric buildings with large windows and no roofs.
Bauhaus is one of the classes that only offers for an exchange student to learn more about the university’s history and its influence. The field trip took three days, visiting multiple places such as Bauhaus University, Museum, and houses that were built by the school.
The first stop was Bauhaus University, with the original building in Weimar from over a century ago. It might seem like a normal building surrounded by townhouses. However, Bauhaus structures feature numerous sizable windows to let in the sunshine, which is a hallmark of the style. I took these highlights inside the building.
Next, we stopped at another Bauhaus Building in Dessau. The Bauhaus celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2019, and I was told it was a big success. They restored the structure and brought collections created by several Bauhaus masters and students to display. I prefer the new building in Dessau to the original one in Weimar because it is made entirely of glass, collects a ton of light, and has a very upscale exterior. Passersby can view the students’ workshop work. Students say that working in the winter isn’t fun since it’s too cold and the heat needs to be increased because glass isn’t an ideal material to block the temperature. Even though they now add a second layer of glass, the problem still needs to be entirely resolved.
Our final stop was the Bauhaus Museum and Bauhaus houses for the Masters. The Museum presents furniture and painting, while the Master houses are free to enter. There wasn’t any furniture inside the homes, but we can still envision how they used to live there.
Our excursion was over, and we boarded the bus to return to school. It was an educational weekend, and I was so happy and lucky to see what I had learned in the book and get to touch and use some of the iconic Bauhaus furniture.