Dessau represents one part of the history of the Bauhaus art besides Weimar and Berlin. There are still a lot of buildings designed and built by famous artists, such as Walter Gropius. The Bauhaus Building (the one with the Bauhaus letters on it) is probably the most known Bauhaus construction.
After the “Bauhaus“ and its university was forced to move away from Weimar it was re-opened in Dessau in 1925 which is situated in Sachsen-Anhalt and about a one-and-a-half-hour-drive away from Berlin.
The most famous Bauhaus architecture being present in Dessau is the Bauhaus Building (Gropiusallee 38) with a permanent exhibition and the Master’s Houses (Ebertallee 59 – 71) which worked as residences for the lecturers, such as Walter Gropius himself. There is also a housing estate in the south of Dessau called “Törten Estate” (Doppelreihe, Damaschkestrasse, Nordweg, Kleinring, Mittelring, In der Flanke, Am Dreieck). But as it was a very hot day when I was in Dessau I didn’t visit this neighborhood, too.
It’s quite impressive when you think of the important innovations in architecture, design and arts in general initiated by the “Bauhaus” and when you think of the artists who worked and taught at the university. A diploma certificate caught my eyes in the exhibition on which all of the courses were listed. For example this student attended a course on artistic design lectured by Prof. W. Kandinsky and a course on figure drawing lectured by Prof. P. Klee during the first semester.
The Bauhaus Building and the Master’s Houses are quite easy to find when you start your tour at the main railway station. Just walk along the Bauhaus Straße which is crossed by the Gropiusallee where you find the main building.
If you come from the city centre there are some information signs. But somehow they make you make a detour.
Unfortunately, it is forbidden to take photos in the exhibition of the Bauhaus Building. Outdoors, the straight lines, which are typical for the “Bauhaus”, are very good for black-and-white photography. A fisheye adapter makes it possible to break with the straight lines if you like to.