Fifth Belgrade International Week of Architecture V BINA 2010

Bauhaus architecture
May 7th - 15th, 2010 > opening at 17:30h

The exhibition consists of 54 photographs which show the passing of time imprinted outside and inside of the buildings of the Bauhaus architecture, the marks left by their constructors and those who lived in them.
The photographs present the period that spans from the first experiment during the twenties of the last century, the time of power and repressive politics of the national-socialist party, to the period of the GDR, which nurtured the policy of neglect and ignored this particular architectural style. This exhibition and the book that’s being published alongside it aims to document what was forgotten and enable the public to see the Bauhaus architecture which was for many years overlooked and disregarded not only in East Germany but in West Germany as well. 
Exhibition of photographs by Hans Engels
texts Axel Tilch

By observing renovated buildings designed by the old Bauhaus masters in Dessau, I have come to an idea to investigate whether some yet unknown Bauhaus architecture, besides the already known one, may be found in other places. Talking to the professionals, I have learned that there is no full review of all Bauhaus buildings and, thus, I have decided to go for a search, first in archives and then by traveling. Certainly, the notion of the Bauhaus architecture requires to be defined: buildings that are presented in this book are creations of the old Bauhaus masters, their teachers, and students, as well as associates of the Walter Gropius’ architectural bureau from the period which began with the foundation of the State Bauhaus School in Weimar in 1919 and lasted until
1932, when the Bauhaus School was for the first time closed by National Socialists in Dessau, and a year later, dissolved in Berlin, where a group of Bauhaus masters was gathered around Mies van der Rohe. While taking photographs of the architecture, I have been particularly interested in traces of time and history on the buildings, but also traces of their architects and inhabitants, which are visible in the building’s interiors. This historical range comprises the time of architectural experiments in the nineteen twenties, then the period when National Socialists came to power and disseminated discrimination policy which banned abroad most of the followers of the Bauhaus and related ideas, until the time of visual reduction and consistent obedience, as a characteristic of an official style in the GDR. East Germany has for decades ignored this architectural heritage, while such works have been undermined and forgotten in the West.

The purpose of this exhibition and the book is to equally document the known and the unknown, the reconstructed and the decayed, to give to the public a more complete panorama of the Bauhaus architecture.

Hans Engels specialized in the field of photography in architecture already 20 years ago. After having completed the studies at the Bavarian State Academy of Photo-Design during the 1980s, he has worked as a freelance photographer in Munich. His works cover a wide range of themes from the historical ones to those related to contemporary development. His photographs are, on the one hand, documentary ones, such as those at the Bauhaus exhibition, and, on the other hand, interpretation of the time has an important role in his work. His photographs have been published in many books and magazines, as well as presented at many exhibitions worldwide.

Exhibition organized by Goethe Institute Belgrade and HOCHTIEF, exhibition sponsor BINA is organized by the BINA® Association of Belgrade Architects & Cultural Centre of Belgrade.

Every year since 2006, Belgrade International Architecture Week is organizing a nine-day manifestation to reflect about the quality of the built environment and to present a stimulus for establishing criteria that would contribute to improving future architectural production. During the five years, BINA has produced a series of exhibitions, lectures,  workshops, debates, conferences, guided tours, and film projections related to contemporary architecture and urbanism both on the local and international scene. It became a platform for exchanging critical standpoints and a promoter for better comprehension of positive ideas.