Bauhaus and Modernism

Marianne Brandt

It is not without reason that Marianne Brandt, born as Marianne Liebe, was dedicated a "DENK-MAL!" plate at the foot of the Red Tower in Chemnitz. The artist, who comes from Chemnitz, decisively shaped the Bauhaus with her timeless and perfect works of art for everyday life (including ash bowls, teapots and lamps). To this day, your works are exhibited worldwide.


But the Bauhaus artist was not always so well-known, and at times her great successes from her time at the Bauhaus were forgotten. However, individual people, such as Hans Brockhage or Maria and Karl Clauss Dietel, deserve

For example, in the form of the Marianne-Brandt-Gesellschaft e.V. , which is located in two rooms of Brandt's former parents' house at Heinrich-Beck-Straße 22. It has set itself the task of collecting and preserving the intellectual heritage and artistic work of the designer in the context of the Bauhaus and of relating it to today's tendencies in creative creation. Or through the current special exhibitions 'ICH BIN GANZ VON GLAS' (until 01. 12. 2019) in the Saxon Industrial Museum and 'Bauhaus: Textil und Grafik 1919 - 1933' (until 04. 08. 2019) in the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz.

I’m all glass. Marianne Brandt and the glass art of today

Exhibition of the Villa Arte e. V. for the 7th time International Marianne Brandt Competition in cooperation with the Industriemuseum Chemnitz


From 28. September to 1. December 2019 at the Industriemuseum Chemnitz

In 2019, the Bauhaus celebrates its 100th anniversary all over Germany and the world. While the works of the Chemnitzer Bauhaus artist Marianne Brandt are now in major museums and collections around the world, every three years international artists and designers come together in her hometown to show how they work today in the field of tension between design and art in the context of the Marianne Brandt Competition.

Out of a total of 354 participants from 37 countries, the International Board of Trustees has nominated 60 applicants whose works are being exhibited in the categories of product design, photography and experimentation.

The works will also correspond with photographic, creative and artistic works by Marianne Brandt. In a cabinet within the exhibition, in addition to photographs, lights, text documents and design drawings from her time at the Bauhaus, there will also be furniture from her home and so far rarely exhibited designs from the 1950s. In addition, for the first time personal and memorable glass treasures of citizens of Chemnitz are shown.

Further information can be found here or on the website of the Saxon Industrial Museum.





Special exhibition on Marianne Brandt at the Industrial Museum
Sonderausstellung im Chemnitzer Industriemuseum ©Industriemuseum Chemnitz
Sonderausstellung im Chemnitzer Industriemuseum ©Industriemuseum Chemnitz
Sonderausstellung im Chemnitzer Industriemuseum ©Industriemuseum Chemnitz

Department Store Schocken also known as: smac – State Museum of Archaeology Chemnitz

With the Schocken department store, which opened in Chemnitz in 1930, Erich Mendelsohn realised the ideals of international style in a clear and straightforward manner. After branches in Stuttgart and Nuremberg, it was the architect’s third department store building for the brothers Simon and Salman Schocken. It is still considered a milestone of the New Building.



In the 1920s, Schocken developed into one of the most successful department store chains in Germany. Mendelsohn also translated the innovative sales concept into a modern architectural language in Chemnitz: with a dynamic-looking, free-hanging façade that follows the road in an elegant swing, the department store clearly stood out from its small-scale surroundings and lent the city a metropolitan flair. The at night illuminated ribbons of windows stretched in a large arch from one staircase to the next and seemed to float despite their impressive dimensions.



Inside, too, Mendelsohn implemented his concept of “function and dynamism” and created a uniform appearance for the Group, which ran through all aspects of the department stores: light sales rooms, factual typography, clear layout of the sales counters and the first escalators in the city. The focus should be on industrially manufactured goods without distraction through the room.



Today, the building is used as a museum on four levels: since 2014, the Chemnitz State Museum of Archaeology - smac for short - has been located here. Three separate exhibition areas are dedicated to the eventful history of the building.

Text: Grand Tour der Moderne [Dorothea Bethke] and smac [Jutta Boehme]

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Das ehemalige Kaufhaus Schocken im Chemnitzer Zentrum. © LfA/smac, Aufnahme: László Farkas
Ausstellung zur Kaufhausgeschichte im SMAC © LfA/smac, Aufnahme: Michael Jungblut
Die Warenwelt des Kaufhaus Schocken in den 1930ern © LfA/smac, Aufnahme: Michael Jungblut

The Grand Tour of Modernity

What links Chemnitz to Berlin, Darmstadt, Dresden, Stuttgart and Bernau?

The Grand Tour of Modernism. This takes visitors on a specially designed route through the history of modernism from 1900 to 2000, which can be experienced by train, car or bicycle. It conveys a holistic approach to architecture - from cultural-historical references to the use of new materials to classification in a socio-political context. Thus, the Grand Tour der Moderne combines travel with the joy of discovering and understanding history and the present. Its spectrum includes individual buildings and settlements: icons and objects of contention, key buildings and discoveries.

Click here for the press release on the 100th anniversary of the foundation

Experience 100 years of Bauhaus in Chemnitz!

The Bauhaus can only be found in Dessau or Weimar? Far from it! Discover Chemnitz and its outstanding places of modernity. You’ll be surprised!

Tip 1:

Special exhibition at the Chemnitz Industrial Museum “Ich bin ganz von Glas” shows selected works of the 7th International. Marianne Brandt competes and illuminates Marianne Brandt as a human and literate.

Museum of Industry Chemnitz

Tip 2:

Special exhibition Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz - Museum am Theaterplatz "Bauhaus: Textil und Grafik 1919 - 1933" In the anniversary year "Bauhaus 100" the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz show from their outstanding collections among others. Textiles and graphics created at the Bauhaus.

Special exhibition Kunstsammlung Chemnitz

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