Open Call – Bauhaus Residency 2020

Início em 09/12/2019 até 20/01/2020

Categorias: 01 janeiro2020

In the 1920s, the artists of the international avant-garde lived next door to one another in the complex of Masters’ Houses. For the first time in 90 years, the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation has, since February 2016, opened the Muche / Schlemmer duplex to international artists as a living and working space. The Bauhaus Residency seeks to advance contemporary research and engagement with the legacy of the Bauhaus, revive the Masters’ Houses and, in this context, promote artworks of international significance.

Gropius House || Fictional

The focus of the programme is on the Masters’ Houses, which are not just a reminder of the past but continue to serve as a starting point for contemporary debates and positions. New ideas, experiments and work developed during the residency are all accessible to the public through presentations, studio visits, discussions, concerts and more – even during their initial development.

The programme is aimed at international artists whose work relates to the historical disciplines represented at the Bauhaus and the subsequent developments of these core disciplines – among them painting, product design, textile design, music, theatre, performance, architecture and photography.

The Bauhaus Residency comprises three different possibilities for participation: an Open Call, which is addressed to artists who are part of an artist collective and which is hosted by the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation together with the GfZk – Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig; a group of invited artists and authors; and a Shared Residency for young musicians with the Kurt Weil Fest GmbH.

Each of these three formats has its own publicly accessible space at the Bauhaus: The musicians of the Shared Residency present their work at the Moholy-Nagy House, the artists of the Open Call exhibit on the upper floor of the Gropius House and the invited artists and authors get to design the ground floor of the Gropius House.

Artworks and artistic processes create specific new ways of seeing the world; in this sense, they are fictional. The meaning of fiction is revealing in this regard: originally derived from the Latin verb ‘fingere,’ it means nothing other than ‘to shape, form, invent.’

Artists’ work often explores how meaning and value are constituted in a specific present. Focusing on this investigation, “Gropius House: Fictional” presents collective forms of art making.

Participation requirements

The Open Call is aimed at artists working collectively (2 to a maximum of 5 people). Of particular interest are works that engage and reflect on social contexts in novel ways as well as other approaches to modernity. In the spirit of the programme’s emphasis on the fictional (that is, the shaped, formed and invented), the main focus will be on a critical examination of the working process itself. Therefore, we are looking for innovative ways of presenting the processes of art making and development. A connection to the 2020 theme of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation: “Habitat” is desirable. “Habitat” conceives of habitation as a cultural practice, thus distancing itself from modernist understandings of housing as a universally applicable ‘living machine.’

Application (German or English)

  • Curriculum vitae of all members of the collective
  • A portfolio with examples representing each member’s work or group work
  • A proposal of a concrete project that can be completed during the residential period and which has a relation to Bauhaus (maximum of two pages). Preferable is also a reference to the foundation’s topic for 2020 Habitat and a concept for how to include the production process in the presentation
  • Preferred time of residency (22 April – 14 July or 1 September – 31 November).

Closing date for applications

  • 20 January 2020
  • Email (pdf file, max. 5 MB) to


  • Two collectives will be selected for the year 2020. This will be announced in February 2020.

The foundation’s performances

  • Bauhaus Dessau Foundation will provide the selected artists with the following for three months:
  • Living and work space in the Muche / Schlemmer House
  • An expense allowance for three months of 4,800 euros in total
  • Opportunities for giving presentations and performances and engaging in discussions during their stay
  • Support in their research work, in organising events along with technical assistance and public relations activities
  • Public presentations of their work in the Gropius House for a period of up to 6 months

Artists‘ obligations

  • Purchase of the material required for their work
  • Medical and indemnity insurance
  • Visa
  • Living expenses, provisions
  • With the assistance of Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, the artists are free to apply for additional external funding for their stay.

Artists-in-Residence time period

The three-monthly Artist-in-Residencies will take place between 22 April and 14 July or 1 September and 31 November in consultation with the foundation. You are expected to be present in Dessau.


Bauhaus Dessau Foundation
Bauhaus Residency / Dr. Florian Strob
Gropiusallee 38
06846 Dessau-Roßlau, Germany
T +49 340 – 6508 467


Image: Gropius House is one of the New Masters‘ Houses in Dessau. © Bauhaus Dessau Foundation / Foto: Doreen Ritzau

  • Open Call: Bauhaus Residency 2020