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Bauhaus Residency
Residency Leipzig, Germany

Bauhaus Residency


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.

The open call for the Bauhaus Residency 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.


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, the organizers 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.’


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


In 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).

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