Weimar celebrates the 150th birthday of the Belgian designer
Henry van de Velde was a man of many talents. He believed in a symbiosis of art, whether it is the design of a building or room, the style of clothing or jewellery, or the form of an everyday object. The Belgian, who came to Thuringia in 1902, disregarded the conventional boundaries between arts and crafts and designed objects for almost every area of life. He left behind many legacies in Thuringia, which provide a special focus for the anniversary celebrations in 2013 marking 150 years since his birth.
In 1902 Henry van de Velde came to Weimar to serve as the artistic consultant to the Grand Duke. The 15 years he spent in Weimar were perhaps the most intensive, the most productive of his artistic life. Famous Weimar buildings designed by him include the Art School and the School of Applied Arts. In 1919 they were used by the Bauhaus School; today they belong to the Bauhaus University and have been on the UNESCO world heritage list since 1996.
A choice of exhibitions 2013:
'Passion, function and beauty. Henry van de Velde's contribution to European Modernism' Neues Museum in Weimar. 24 March – 23 June 2013
'The architect Henry van de Velde' exhibition Bauhaus-Universität Weimar 29 March to 12 May 2013
SASCHA SCHNEIDER - Ideenmaler & Körperbildner/Visualizing Ideas through the Human Body exhibition Kunsthalle Harry Graf Keßler 28 March to 21 July 2013