As powerful images, models – much like ruins – serve to construct history, explain the present and generate the future. The recurring rise and fall of Dessau seems somehow to draw such connections together like a burning glass. Excursions to the City Museum of History Dessau and the Municipal Archive Dessau-Roßlau also examine these connections. Further excursions relate the classical ensemble of the Castle and Park Georgium and locations of the Bauhaus Dessau with Wörlitzer Park as the centre of the so-called Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz, presenting observations and insights from different epochs and time periods.

The excursions to the Wörlitzer Park organized by Werkleitz are offered in conjunction with the Kulturstiftung Dessau-Wörlitz and with the Architektur Radikal festival of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation.

28.05. 18:00
Exkursion in das Stadtarchiv Dessau-Roßlau

The excursion to the city archives of Dessau-Roßlau explores memories in Dessau of the so-called Stunde Null – the beginning of the post-war period after 7 March 1945. In the context of the Bauhaus Centenary the ruins of the Bauhaus building play an important role. A featured guest will be Karlheinz Schlesier, one of the architects who was commissioned to rebuild Dessau and was closely involved in the building’s reconstruction for the 50th anniversary of its completion in 1976.

with Frank Kreißler, Director of the City Archives of Dessau-Roßlau
Tue, 28 May, 6 pm
Meeting point: Infocounter Mausoleum

1.06. 15:00
Im Mezzanin des Schlosses

The focus of the tour with Wolfgang Savelsberg is Wörlitz Castle and its mezzanine, which was reopened in spring 2018.

Guided tour through Wörlitzer Park with Wolfgang Savelsberg (in German)
Sat, 1. Juni, 15:00 pm
Meeting point: at Festival Architektur Radikal, August-Bebel-Platz 16 in Dessau-Roßlau
Registration until 28 May at info@werkleitz.de

2.06. 09:00
In der Caldera des Steins

The tour with Uwe Quilitzsch sheds light on Stein Island in the lake known as Wörlitzer See. Located on the island are a model of Mount Vesuvius, a recreation of the Villa Hamilton and a miniature amphitheatre.

Guided tour through Wörlitzer Park (Island Stein and park) with Uwe Quilitzsch (in German)
Sun, 2. Juni, 9:00 am
Meeting point: at Festival Architektur Radikal, August-Bebel-Platz 16 in Dessau-Roßlau
Registration until 28 May at info@werkleitz.de

4.06. 18:00
Exkursion in das Museum für Stadtgeschichte Dessau, Johannbau

The excursion to the Johannbau takes a closer look at the great number of models presented in the Dessau Museum of City History. Another focus of the tour through the museum will be the so-called image vehicles defined by Warburg, objects – souvenirs, porcelain pipes and commemorative coins – that transport images as they themselves become motifs.

with Karin Weigt, Director of the Dessau Museum of City History, Johannbau
Tue, 4 June, 6 pm
Meeting point: Infocounter Mausoleum