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Aspen to Mark the Centennial Celebration of the Bauhaus School

ASPEN announces its 2019 calendar to mark the centennial celebration of the Bauhaus School and to commemorate the influence of the Bauhaus on the City of Aspen. The bauhaus100:aspen celebration, themed ‘Our Legacy, Our Future/Work-Play-Create’, will feature lectures, educational outreach, parties, art-making, films, art exhibitions, festivities and more.

The Bauhaus School is a modernist art movement founded in Germany in 1919 by Walter Gropius. This event will be celebrated around the world; in Germany, Greece, Israel, and in the United States, where many of the original Bauhaus School master teachers and students emigrated to during World War II. One of those immigrants, Herbert Bayer, a Bauhaus master teacher of typography and design, was invited by Walter Paepcke to move to Aspen in 1946 to help design Paepcke’s idea of a cultural utopia.

Bayer left many enduring monuments to the Bauhaus during the 39 years he lived in Aspen. To honour this uncommon Bauhaus legacy that Herbert Bayer imparted on the former mining, mountain town, and to celebrate the continued impact of the educational philosophy and radical approach to design and life, Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley will join the world-wide celebration from January to August 2019 with bauhaus100:aspen - a calendar of events in collaboration with more than ten organizations including Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen Chamber Resort Association/ACRA, Aspen Institute, Aspen Film, Aspen Historical Society, Aspen Music Festival & School, etc.

Confirmed events for 2019 include the following with further information and updates available at

  • 10 – 13 January: Bauhaus themed Wintersköl™ Celebration - Wintersköl, Aspen's annual "toast to winter," dates back to a quiet January in 1951 when local Aspenites decided to celebrate Aspen's unique Nordic lifestyle with an eclectic weekend of festivities. The four-day celebration features on-mountain activities, free events around town, fireworks over Aspen Mountain, and much more.

  • January – August: Aspen Historical Society presents a Herbert Bayer exhibition and Bauhaus focused City tours.

  • 7 June 2019: The Bauhaus Ball - a free community celebration at the Wheeler Opera House with a Bauhaus-inspired costume contest, Bauhaus films and more.

  • 24 – 28 June 2019: Anderson Ranch - Fourth of July Parade Float Workshop (for children only) - Art workshop with participation in the Fourth of July parade.

  • July 2019: Heike Hanada, architect of the new Bauhaus museum in Dessau will be lecturing at the Aspen Art Museum in July.

  • 4 – 7 August 2019: Aspen Institute Bauhaus Program Seminar - a deep dive into Bauhaus with lectures as well as Society of Fellows: Bauhaus Program.

  • Ongoing: Regularly scheduled tours of the Aspen Institute campus which was conceived and designed by Herbert Bayer with Bayer architecture, sculpture, earthworks, ceramics, paintings, photography, tapestries, and more.

Aspen, Colorado is a world-class destination with outdoor adventures from skiing to biking, with a flair for arts and culture, all year round. Aspen truly is a unique diamond nestled in the rough of the Rocky Mountains that has a knack for bringing big city features to international guests in a way that defies ordinary. The town is the embodiment of Mind, Body and Spirit which is channeled in "The Aspen Idea", a founding philosophy that shapes and drives the energy and focus of Aspen to this day.

For more information about Aspen or to book a trip, visit Summer hotel rates start at $123/night.


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