Masterpieces of modernism

photo: Christoph Petras, 2011. Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin
ADGB Trade Union School in Bernau, architecture: Hannes Meyer and Hans Wittwer, 1928


Brandenburg features impressive examples of modern architecture such as the Einsteinturm (Einstein Tower) in Potsdam and the hat factory in Luckenwalde, both by Erich Mendelsohn; the Riehl, Urbig and Mosler houses by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the Neubabelsberg district of Potsdam; the Kupferhaus estate in Eberswalde-Finow, to which Walter Gropius contributed; and above all the School of the Federation of German Trade Unions (ADGB) in Bernau, built in 1928–1930. Alongside the Laubenganghäuser (Balcony Access Houses) in Dessau, the school is one of the few surviving buildings implemented by the Bauhaus architecture department, headed by the Bauhaus’s second Director, Hannes Meyer. In preparation for the Bauhaus centenary, the recreational and usage quality of the ADGB-School is to be improved through a new configuration of the external features.

Einsteinturm in Potsdam, built in 1919-1922. Architect: Erich Mendelsohn (1887-1953)


The centenary activities in 2019 will focus on this rich heritage of building culture that the state of Brandenburg enjoys. Exhibitions on the New Objectivity, design, and traces of the Bauhaus in Brandenburg are being arranged by the DKW museum in Cottbus ( Conferences and festivals will be presenting the regional and local heritage of the Bauhaus and modernism. Alongside the legacy of building culture, however, there will also be activities to do with Bauhaus influences on design, the fine arts, and also dance – at the 2019 Potsdamer Tanztage (Potsdam Dance Festival).


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