The Event of a Thread | Das Ereignis eines Fadens

The Bauhaus Space

The exhibition's 'Bauhaus Space' highlights the role of weaving at the Bauhaus, a rich case study which allows us to investigate the relation between craft and artistic medium.
The space is dedicated to the Bauhaus weaving workshop, tracing its extraordinary success story in nine chapters. A newspaper and two films provide information about the history, ideas and achievements of the Bauhaus in Weimar, the changes associated with its move to Dessau, and its subsequent ties to industry. We encounter the stories of the people who made it what it was, the materials and fabrics produced there, and the traces still to be found in archives and museums. In a specially-designed display, newly-woven textiles inspired by Bauhaus fabrics can be examined and touched. This part of the exhibition pays particular attention to Gunta Stölzl, who ran the weaving studio at the Weimar Bauhaus and in Dessau became its technical director, and to the textile designer Otti Berger, who reflected on 'materials in space'.

Weaving a copy of an upholstery fabric by Gunta Stölzl at the weaving factury at Burg Giebichenstein, Kunsthochschule Halle; photo: Susanne Weiß
Weaving a copy of an upholstery fabric by Gunta Stölzl at the weaving workshop at Burg Giebichenstein, Kunsthochschule Halle; photo: Susanne Weiß
Visual Archive on the history of the weaving workshop of the Bauhaus with newly-woven functional fabrics
Concept and artistic research: Judith Raum, in collaboration with Jakob Kirch, Pascal Storz and the architects s.t.i.f.f.