Lille Métropole 2020 World Design Capital

Photographic documentation of the two periods of the Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau. Photographs by Erich Consemüller.

Erich Consemüller (1902−1957) was an artist-photographer of the Bauhaus, the famous German art school founded 1919 in Weimar in Thuringia, that revolutionized architecture and design by inventing a singular style combining arts and crafts, which is still of striking modernism.

Erich Consemüller was commissioned by Walter Gropius, director of the Bauhaus, to realize a photographic documentation of the Bauhaus and of workshop activities. 

In resonance with the 100 years of the Bauhaus, the WAAO – Center for architecture and urbanism in Lille, presents about 50 photographs selected among 300 shots taken in Weimar and Dessau, together with emblematic objects, such as the famous Bauhaus-Cradle designed in 1922 by Peter Keler under the influence of Wassily Kandinsky.

The exposition is realized by the WAAO Lille, in cooperation with the foundation Klassik Stiftung Weimar, the Free State of Thuringia, the Rendezvous of Weimar with history and the Goethe-Institut in Lille, with the support of the Ministry of Culture — regional direction Hauts-de-France, Hauts-de-France Region, the City of Lille and Lille Metropole 2020 World Design Capital.

Special events, such as conference, filmscreening (BUILDING THE FUTURE – 100 YEARS OF BAUHAUS, directed by Niles Bolbrinker and Thomas Tielsch. 2018) and creative workshops for pupils are accompanying the exposition.

Legend and credit photo :
Bauhaus-Szene : Dame assise (Lis Beyer ou Ise Gropius) sur une chaise en tuyaux d’acier de Marcel Breuer, masque d’Oskar Schlemmer, robe de Lis Beyer, photographie : Erich Consemüller, 1926

Photo : Consemüller ©Stephan Consemüller, Klassik Stiftung Weimar, prêt permanent, fonds privé, Berlin, courtoisie Wulf Herzogenrath