Zeitgeist - 100 Years Bauhaus

Tentative Dates: July 7 - July 20, 2019


This study trip offers in 2019 a unique experience -100 Years Bauhaus! In 2019 Germany will be celebrating the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus, together with partners all over the world. Founded in Weimar in 1919, relocated to Dessau in 1925 and closed in Berlin under pressure from the Nazis in 1933, the school of design only existed for a total of 14 years. Despite this, the influence of the Bauhaus continues right down to the present day all over the world. In this amazing trip we will visit ALL three major sites (Weimar, Dessau, Berlin) of Bauhaus history and more places to experience this legacy first hand.

After starting the class in Munich, Germany, we will travel to Weimar, the birthplace of the Weimar Republic and the foundation of Walter Gropius’ Bauhaus. The German term Bauhaus—literally "construction house"—was understood as meaning "School of Building", but in spite of its name and the fact that its founder was an architect, the Bauhaus did not have an architecture department during its first years of existence.

The Bauhaus University Weimar is partner of SAIC where we will engage in workshops and visits to local centenary museum exhibitions, and spend time with students and faculty of the Bauhaus experiencing it's rich and amazingly influential history. Next stop is Dessau, the second site of the historical Bauhaus. In Dessau we will see Gropius' famous facilities and additional centenary exhibitions and experience the Bauhaus history first hand because we will stay on the Bauhaus Campus in the original building. Finally we will travel to Berlin, where participants will work in a studio in Berlin Mitte, see yet more exciting and unique exhibitions regarding the Bauhaus, and prepare an exhibition themselves responding to the trip and concluding this adventure.

Credits: 3 or 6 credits STUDIO (4000-level)

Oliver Sann, Photography
Beate Geissler, Art Department, University of Illinois at Chicago

Program fee: Approx. $2,500 (including transport during the program, accommodation and some meals; not including airfare).

PLUS Tuition cost per credit:
Undergraduate—$1,613 per credit hour;
Graduate—$1,665 per credit hour.

Airfare: Budget at least $1,400 for airfare if flying from Chicago. (Note this is only an estimated figure. Actual fare will depend on many variables including airline, number of stopovers, exchange rate fluctuations, ports of departure and return, and date of ticket purchase).

Online registration begins: March 13, 2019

Deposit due at registration: $525

Information sessions:
Wednesday, February 13, 12:10-12:50 p.m., MacLean room 707
Wednesday, February 27,  4:15-5:15 p.m., MacLean room 111