Peter Bernhard

Young Bauhaus Research Colloquium




Peter Bernhard

Institute for Philosophy, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Institute for Philosophy, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Peter Bernhard (PhD) Studium in Frankfurt am Main, Promotion und Habilitation in Erlangen; Forschungsschwerpunkte: Ideengeschichte der künstlerischen Avantgarden, Logik, Wissenschaftstheorie und -geschichte; zahlreiche Veröffentlichungen dazu; Leitung eines DFG-Projektes über die Gastvorträge am Weimarer Bauhaus – zugehörige Publikation erscheint demnächst unter dem Titel „bauhausvorträge. Gastredner am Weimarer Bauhaus 1919–1925“ als Band 4 der Neuen Bauhausbücher.

The “Additional Teaching Staff” of the Bauhaus.

At the Bauhaus, over the entire time of its existence, more than one hundred guest lectures on all fields of scientific, social and cultural life were given. This was supposed to inform both the public and the students about the variety of relations between this avant-garde school and the relevant developments of its time, while at the same time compensating for deficits of the curriculum. The invited lecturers may thus be considered an “additional teaching staff” of the Bauhaus. Among them there counted the authors Theodor Däubler and Else-Lasker-Schüler, the psychologist Hans Prinzhorn, the philosopher Hermann Count Keyserling, the dance educationalist Hedwig von Rhoden, the Sufi Inayat Khan, the progressive educationalist Gustav Wyneken, the archaeologist Hermann Ranke as well as the art historian Wilhelm Worringer. Despite the important role this ambitious programme of lecturers played for the Bauhaus, previously there has been only little knowledge about it, there was not even a reliable register of the events or a collection of the lectures. Here now such a register of events at the Bauhaus in Weimar shall be presented, thus making obvious some previously hardly noticed connections between the Bauhaus project and certain intellectual movements.