Ways to Utopia

Living Between Desire and Crisis

This event is part of Theme year “Living”.


Weimar, Bauhaus-Museum Weimar


01.04.2023 - 05.02.2024



How do we want to live in the future? The exhibition at the Bauhaus Museum Weimar examines aspects of this question from the diametrical constructs of desire and crisis. Sustainability and social justice are the central themes of the exhibition.

How do we want to live? This was one of the most pressing questions in 1923/24 according to the State Bauhaus, founded in Weimar in 1919.
The exhibition addresses current challenges of modern living and confronts them with selected items from the permanent cultural-historic exhibition at the Bauhaus Museum. How can we combine living and the good life in the future? Are we looking for a new utopia, a more socially equitable and sustainably designed environment? Or do we continue along the same path as before?
Various theme-based “islands” consisting of installations, photos, films and household items highlight the economic, ecological, social and cultural backgrounds of living and the good life. The exhibition begins with the Haus Am Horn, the oldest preserved Bauhaus building constructed 100 years ago for the Bauhaus Exhibition of 1923. Designed by Bauhaus teacher Georg Muche, the house was considered a model for contemporary views on life and living.
The aim of the exhibition is not to offer quick solutions to today’s problems, but rather to encourage visitors to consider various options for the present and coming years. When faced with upheaval, the members of the Bauhaus saw the necessity (and inherent opportunity) to develop unconventional solutions or even visions for a future society. Today we need more space for utopias — both large and small — to shape a sustainable future worth living. We invite you to get inspired and rethink how we live!

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Bauhaus-Museum Weimar
Stéphane-Hessel-Platz 1
99423 Weimar, Germany

  • Step-free access to the venue and event rooms
  • Wide doors (at least 90 cm, thresholds maximum 2 cm)
  • Wheelchair-friendly bathroom facilities
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