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