“The Simultaneity of Modernism” Modern architecture in dialogue between Dessau and Rotterdam

The Bauhaus Dessau Foundation in cooperation with the Stichting Werelderfgoed Van Nellefabriek shows an exhibition about the modern dialogue between two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Bauhaus Dessau and the Van Nelle Factory, Rotterdam. The project is set up as a bilateral visitation with one exhibition in Dessau and one in Rotterdam.

 

Van-Nelle-Fabrik in Rotterdam. Pressebild der Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau zur Ausstellung "Simultanität der Moderne" © 2006 CV Van Nellefabriek/Rotterdam

Van-Nelle-Fabrik in Rotterdam. Pressebild der Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau zur Ausstellung “Simultanität der Moderne” © 2006 CV Van Nellefabriek/Rotterdam

 

Rotterdam in Dessau, Dessau in Rotterdam: For the very first time, a joint exhibition project realised in two simultaneous exhibitions sheds light on how the approaches to modern architecture developed  in the same direction beyond the national borders.


 

Practical information

“The Simultaneity of Modernism”
October 8, 2016 –  February 19, 2017
Van Nelle Factory Rotterdam
Van Nelleweg 1, 3044 BC Rotterdam,
Netherlands

 


The simultaneity of the architectural vocabulary is striking. The large Van Nelle Factory and the Bauhaus building, Rotterdam’s villas and the Masters’ Houses and, last but not least, the housing estates in Dessau-Törten and in Kiefhoek, Rotterdam.

 

Bauhausgebäude Dessau, Walter Gropius, 1925/26, Eingang zum Bauhausgebäude. Pressebild der Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau zur Ausstellung "Simultanität der Moderne"

Bauhausgebäude Dessau, Walter Gropius, 1925/26, Eingang zum Bauhausgebäude. Pressebild der Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau zur Ausstellung “Simultanität der Moderne”

 

Walter Gropius, Director of the Bauhaus Dessau, was in close contact with the Rotterdam-based architects Leendart van der Vlugt, Mart Stam and J.J.P. Oud. They visited one another, exchanged ideas and published together.

 

Van-Nelle-Fabrik in Rotterdam. Pressebild der Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau zur Ausstellung "Simultanität der Moderne" Copyright: © 2006 CV Van Nellefabriek/Rotterdam, Foto: Robert Aarts

Van-Nelle-Fabrik in Rotterdam. Pressebild der Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau zur Ausstellung “Simultanität der Moderne” © 2006 CV Van Nellefabriek/Rotterdam, Foto: Robert Aarts

While each built for himself in his own city, the buildings in Dessau and Rotterdam demonstrate a shared fundamental understanding of modern architecture as well as the aim to design with each specific building a prototypical architecture
for the modern way of living. Dr. Werner Möller, curator of the exhibition at the Bauhaus Dessau, states: ‘The architects of the Bauhaus buildings in Dessau and the buildings in Rotterdam were concerned with far more than just a new architectural style.

 

Van-Nelle-Fabrik in Rotterdam. Pressebild der Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau zur Ausstellung "Simultanität der Moderne" © 2006 CV Van Nellefabriek/Rotterdam

Van-Nelle-Fabrik in Rotterdam. Pressebild der Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau zur Ausstellung “Simultanität der Moderne” © 2006 CV Van Nellefabriek/Rotterdam

 

Their designs were underpinned by a new understanding of the world, which is informed by industrialisation. Modern architecture was supposed to qualitatively redefine the relationship between work and housing, city and life.’ The exhibition is conceived as a programme of reciprocal visits. Rotterdam in Dessau, Dessau in Rotterdam. After 90 years marked by a historic caesura by way of National Socialism, war and Iron Curtain, this is a contemporary coming together, once more with a lighter load. The exhibition marks the joint 90th anniversary in 2016 of the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Rotterdam and in Dessau.

 

Van-Nelle-Fabrik in Rotterdam. Pressebild der Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau zur Ausstellung "Simultanität der Moderne" Copyright: © 2006 CV Van Nellefabriek/Rotterdam, Foto: Robert Aarts  Download

Van-Nelle-Fabrik in Rotterdam. Pressebild der Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau zur Ausstellung “Simultanität der Moderne” C © 2006 CV Van Nellefabriek/Rotterdam, Foto: Robert Aarts Download

 

‘Simultaneity of Modernism. The Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam and the Bauhaus in Dessau’
Bauhaus Dessau Foundation: 23 Sept. 2016 – 6 Jan. 2017
Van Nelle Factory Rotterdam: 8 Oct. 2016 – 19 Feb. 2017


 

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