The 2019 Werkleitz Festival takes an in-depth look at the legacy of Bauhaus from the perspective of contemporary productions, as inspired by the interrelated tensions between the concepts of model and ruin. Criticism of Bauhaus is legion. And yet we continue to utilize the elements of Bauhaus that are still relevant. We thus do not start from scratch, nor do we proclaim the end of history. It is now much more important to recognize continuities, to accept the simultaneous presence of different historical epochs and to explore the potential of each. From a current perspective the classical modern age that began in 1919 reflects the classicism of the 18th and 19th centuries – and vice versa. This broader context of a more comprehensive history of modernity comes into archetypal focus at the site of the festival Modell und Ruin in Dessau-Roßlau. The intention is to present Bauhaus in the larger context of the 250-year history of the modern age.

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Haris Epaminonda bei der 58. Venedig Biennale ausgezeichnet

Congratulations to Haris Epaminonda for the Silver Lion for a Promising Young Artistin the international competition at this year’s Venice Biennale. As of May 25, 2019, the Werkleitz Festival 2019 Model and Ruin in Dessau presents a work newly produced for the festival by Haris Epaminonda.

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Eröffnung Modell und Ruine

Das Werkleitz Festival 2019 Modell und Ruine beginnt am Samstag, 25. Mai um 19:00 im Mausoleum in Dessau. Die Grußworte zur Eröffnung sprechen Rainer Robra, Staatsminister und Minister für Kultur des Landes Sachsen-Anhalt und Friederike Zobel, Fonds Bauhaus heute, Kulturstiftung des Bundes. Nach einer Führung mit den künstlerischen Leitern des Festivals, Daniel Herrmann und Alexander Klose durch den Ausstellungsparcours, findet die Festivaleröffnung ihren Ausklang mit einem DJ Set von Super Flu vor dem Schloss im Georgengarten.

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Registration for Excursions to Wörlitz

Excursions within the framework of the Werkleitz Festival link the classical ensemble Schloss und Park Georgium and the locations of the Bauhaus Dessau with the Wörlitzer Park as the center of the Garden Kingdom Dessau-Wörlitz. They invite epoch-and-time considerations. The focus of the guided tour on June 1st, 15:00 with Wolfgang Savelsberg, is Schloss Wörlitz and the mezzanine, which has been accessible again since spring 2018. The guided tour with Uwe Quilitzsch on June 2nd illuminates the island of Stein on Lake Wörlitz with the model of Vesuvius, the re-enactment of Villa Hamilton and the miniature of an amphitheater. Registration until May 27th at: info (at) werkleitz. de.

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Nikolaus Gansterer at the 58th Venice Biennale

Nikolaus Gansterer, artist of this years Werkleitz Festival Model and Ruin will attend the Research Pavilion of the 58th Venice Biennale. Under the title Through Phenomena Themselves, new possibilities of mutual transformation between artistic and phenomenological research practices will be explored untill August 28, 2019. For Model and Ruin in Dessau, Nikolaus Gansterer presents a new production from May 25th to June 10th.

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Haris Epaminonda at the 58th Venice Biennale

Congratulations to Haris Epaminonda for being among the artists invited to participate in the main shows of the 58th Venice Biennale! Haris Epaminonda will present a work at the Pavillon of the Republic of Cyprus at the 58th International Venice Biennale, titled May You Live In Interesting Times from May 11 till November 24. As part of this year’s Werkleitz Festival Model and Ruin, Haris presents a new production in Dessau from May 25 till June 10.

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Andrea Pichl im Kunstmuseum Dieselkraftwerk

Arbeiten von Andrea Pichl sind aktuell in der Ausstellung Vielschichtig im Kunstmuseum Dieselkraftwerk Cottbus zu sehen. Die Ausstellung verbindet historische Werke aus der Sammlung des BLMK mit Arbeiten zeitgenössischer Künstlerinnen und Künstler. Deren Bildkonzeption und -logik thematisierten die Wechselwirkung zwischen klassischer Bildproduktion sowie Architektur und Stadtplanung der Nachkriegsmoderne (in der DDR). Ab 25. Mai 2019 präsentiert das Werkleitz Festival 2019 Modell und Ruine eine für das Festival neuproduzierte Arbeit von Andrea Pichl in Dessau-Roßlau.

Foto: Ausstellungsansicht Vielschichtig, Brandenburgisches Landesmuseum für moderne Kunst © Blmk