Bauhaus Agenda for the 21st  Century : Who produces New Ideas and who needs them?

FRIDAY 07.06.
Cinema Meeting Point
10.00-14.00 Triangle table ''Bauhaus 100''
Moderator and introductory presentation: Aida Abadžić-Hodžić(B&H)
Participants: Daniel Talesnik (Germany), Vesna Meštrić (Croatia), Vahidin Preljević (B&H)


Bauhaus was the laboratory of modernism, a new paradigm of thinking and creating art for its time. The Bauhaus professors were the pioneers of the modern epoche and of their time.  What is left of the Bauhaus legacy today? What is the quintessence of it? Why do we, at all, speak about Bauhaus today?  Is a belief that creative action can change the world and create a "new man" still alive today? Who creates new ideas today? Who are they addressed to?Where was the innovative and socially oriented segment of Bauhaus action lost?  How and in what way  are the words of Bauhaus Director, Hannes Meyer that "architecture is shaping of life " still alive? Was Bauhaus only possible in a certain historical moment that came to its fulfillment and lasted in its optimism and creative enthusiasm for as long as the then young Weimar Republic lasted? Are chairs made of metal pipes, houses with long, horizontal, glass windows, designer lamps and metal works the only things that have survived as Bauhaus today? 

These are some of the questions that will incite the discussion of the Bauhaus legacy today in a bauhaus triangle: Vahidin Preljević – Daniel Talesnik – Vesna Meštrić, moderated, in round and square, by Aida Abadžić Hodžić highlighting the issues of Bauhaus in the historical, social and political context, of how Bauhaus was presented in its own exhibitions during the time it was active and how it challenges contemporary artists and museum programming.



AIDA ABADŽIĆ HODŽIĆ, Bauhaus Agenda for the 21 st Century: Introductory remarks

Prof Dr Aida ABADŽIĆ HODŽIĆ, Associate Professor at the Chair of Art History, Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo, lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo. She graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb (Art History, French Language and Literature). She was awarded a PhD by Sarajevo University in 2008. Professional and specialist training and guest lectures at the University of Dijon (1991), Karl Ruprechts University in Heidelberg (2009), Karl Franzaens University in Graz (2010) and Kunsthochschule Weißensee in Berlin (2011). She was a curator of a large number of exhibitions of modern and contemporary Bosnian art in the country and abroad, she is author of five books and several art monographies. She was the editor-in-chief of the first B&H magazine for contemporary visual art, critic and theory - "Vizura" and national coordinator of the project "Bauhaus: Networking Ideas and Practices (Baunet)" within the EU Culture Program (2011-1015). She is the author of the book entitled "Selman Selmanagic and Bauhaus" (Sarajevo, 2014) which was published in an extended edition in German (Selman Selmanagic und das Bauhaus, Gebr.Mann Verlag, Berlin, 2018) and presented at the Bauhaus Archive in Belin within the programme ECHY 2018. She was awarded for her book entitled 20th Century Bosnia and Herzegovinian Graphics: Sixties and Seventies of the 20th Century in the Context of European Modernity and Postmodernity at the 23rd International Book Fair and the 11th Biennial of Books in Sarajevo, in May 2011 and Hasan Kaimija Award in 2012.

VAHIDIN PRELJEVIĆ, The Bauhaus Aesthetic and the New Objectivity in the Context of the Weimar Republic

Prof Dr VAHIDIN PRELJEVIĆ  (Brčko 1975), is Associate Professor for German Literature and German Studies and holds a Chair for German-speaking literature and cultural theory at the University of Sarajevo. He is also Head of the Doctoral Programme in German Language/Literature Studies and Media Culture and of the Austrian Library in Sarajevo. He studied at the University of Halle/Saale (1995-1996) and in Sarajevo (1996-1999). and received his doctoral degree in 2008. He was Franz-Werfel scholarship holder (2006-2008) and was awarded the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art in 2017. He published several books and papers on the aesthetic of the fragment, body in the age of romanticism, Viennese modernism, cultural theory, political narratives in the literature. Some of the book titles: Estetika fragmenta (Zagreb 2007), Književna povijest tijela (Zagreb 2013), Sarajevski atentat (Zenica 2014), Sarajevski dugi pucnji (Zenica 2015), The Long Shots of Sarajevo 1914 (Tübingen 2016). Nakon imperije. Književnost i politička imaginacija u (post)habsburškom kulturnom prostoru (Zagreb 2018)

DANIEL TALESNIK, The Bauhaus Plays Itself

Daniel Talesnik is a trained architect specializing in modern and contemporary architecture and urbanism, with a particular focus on architectural pedagogy and relationships between architecture and political ideologies. He was awarded a PhD by Columbia University in 2016 with the dissertation The Itinerant Red Bauhaus, or the Third Emigration, which describes a group of Bauhaus students that followed Hannes Meyer to the Soviet Union in 1930. This politically driven and short-lived brigade was an itinerant extension of Meyer’s Bauhaus tenure. The research moves from the Bauhaus to the Soviet Union, and finishes in postwar in countries like Chile, Hungary, Iran, and North Korea where some of these architects worked. Daniel is a Curatorial Researcher for the "Moving Away" section of the Bauhaus Imaginista exhibition, on view until June 10 in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. Since September 2017 he teaches at the Technische Universität München and is a curator at the Architekturmuseum in the Pinakothek der Moderne, where he is curating the Access for All:São Paulo's Architectural Infrastructures exhibition, June 13 - September 8, 2019.

Photo Credit Laura Trumpp

VESNA MEŠTRIĆ, Bauhaus as idea for life –  different models in a museum practice

Vesna Meštrić, senior curator in Museum of Contemporary art, Zagreb. Graduated both Art History and Archaeology at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Zagreb. In 2005 she started to work in Museum of Contemporary Art (MSU) Zagreb as curator of Vjenceslav Richter and Nada Kareš Richter Collection and Marie Luise and Ruth Betlheim Collection. Her researchers interest includes contemporary art, avant-garde and postmodern movements in art and architecture, and also interpretation and new media in presentation of collection. She is curator of various exhibitions: From Architect Archive, „Experiments - selection of artworks from Richter Collection“, Sintart 02: David Maljković, Sintart 03: Destrudo (Silvio Vujičić). Furthermore, she is co-author of exhibition „Croatia First Minute“, For active art : New tendencies 50 years later : (1961-1973)“, selector of Croatian representatives for Avesta Art, 2006 (biennal exhibition of contemporary art, Sweden), and author of interactive project for kids „Adventures of Vito and Nada“. She is coordinator and co-author of the European research exhibition project Bauhaus – Networking Ideas and Practice, co-author of educational project Runaway Art and curator of Vjenceslav Richter retrospective exhibition „Rebel with a vision“ awarded for which she received the annual award of Croatian Society of Art Historian for the best exhibition in 2017. She participated in several international scientific conferences and workshops.