Day 28: So Many Museums, Save Me

by Jon January. 28, 2012 2822 views

Rettungsring in the canal outside the Bauhaus Archiv

Snapped this shot as I headed toward the Bauhaus Archiv, a museum dedicated to the famous school of art, architecture, theatre (didn't know that), etc. The museum is interested in both the Baushaus' final products and pedagogy. As a school, the students worked from the basic to the fantastic. Some of the basic tenants holds that form needs to support function, contributing to the often basic and beautiful shape of Bauhaus work.

Of course the school is most strongly identified with architecture, due to founder Walter Gropius' opinion that architecture is the highest form of art. And the architecture, which is unfortunately only partially visible through the trees, is really impressive. Bauhaus styles seem so outdated, since they pervade our world now. Really, the 60's and 70's attempted to implement Bauhaus everywhere. And you can bet that Ikea would be nowhere without them, since furniture is, according to Bauhaus, what makes an architectural space complete. I could probably talk about Bauhaus forever.

Then on top of that, it was Die Lange Nacht der Museen, which means that with one ticket, I could go to a huge list of museums in Berlin between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. After Deutsches Historisches Museum, Deutsches Guggenheim, Otto Bock Science Center, and Gemäldegalerie, it turned out that it really is a long night of museums.

But on second thought, don't save me. I'm happy to have mushy-museum brain.

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