Walter Gropius established the revolutionary school for artists, architects and industrial designers in the German city of Weimar in 1919. In a period in which only a small elite could afford products designed by artists, the Bauhaus worked from the ideal of making beautiful and functional design available to all. The school’s groundbreaking ideas, which later exerted worldwide influence, found their echo in the Netherlands in architecture, design and education.
100 years Bauhaus
2019 is the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus. The influence of this revolutionary art and design school can still be felt today. Among the principles of the Bauhaus were quest for simplicity and functionality and the envisaging of a new world.
From Weimar to Rotterdam, from Tel Aviv to Chicago: Bauhaus was always a global phenomenon which reverberated around the world.
The Bauhaus in Rotterdam
J.J.P. Oud, Rotterdam’s Municipal Housing Architect, was an important link between the Bauhaus and Rotterdam. His social housing projects in Spangen, the Kiefhoek and the Witte Dorp (White Village) attracted the attention of German architect. Oud gave an important lecture on Dutch architecture at the Bauhaus in Weimar in 1923. This was the beginning of regular contact between the German school and Rotterdam, and Dutch Functionalist architecture soon gained international recognition.
Visit the Van Nelle Factory
The Van Nelle Factory (1930) is considered worldwide to be one of the icons of Modernism and is closely linked to the Bauhaus movement that is now celebrating its 100th anniversary. Especially for this occasion it is possible to visit the Van Nelle Factory with an experienced guide. Visit the Factory From 16 February, Saturdays & Sundays.Tickets