The glass façade at the Bauhaus

“when i finally saw the 'bauhaus', which seems to have been cast entirely from one piece like a persistent thought, and its glass walls, which form a transparent angle, flowing with air and yet separated from it by an exact will – i stopped involuntarily, it was not amazement in the face of a sensual invention, no, it was simply admiration.” (Ilja Ehrenburg, 1929)

The striking steel and glass façade of the workshop wing was a novelty when it was completed in 1926 and for a long time epitomised modern construction. Since its destruction in 1945 as a result of the war, the building has undergone repeated changes. One of the most important of these was the reconstruction of the façade as an aluminium and glass construction in 1976, during which time people began to appreciate the Bauhaus again. It became (once again) a place for design and architectural issues.

The exhibition traces the eventful history of the famous façade. Historical photographs show the interiors and everyday life of the training centre from the 1920s to the 1980s. Witnesses from different generations have their say in sound and vision.