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Bild: Fred Forbat

Bild: Fred Forbat

Bauhaus in the archive

When the Bauhaus was founded in Weimar in 1919, a design school was established that remains an important source of inspiration today, 100 years later. To celebrate the centenary, ArkDes will be hosting a series of talks this autumn that will explore the Bauhaus in the ArkDes collections. We will introduce city planner Fred Forbat and his recently published memoirs. Forbat, a so-called “bauhäusler,” came to work in Sweden after the Second World War alongside other architects connected to the Bauhaus. We will also look more broadly at how the Bauhaus school’s philosophy and design language influenced design and architecture in Sweden. The series will conclude with a discussion of Acceptera (“Accept”), the Swedish architecture manifesto from 1931 that has recently been published in an annotated German edition that traces links to Germany and the Bauhaus.

In connection with each talk, original material from the collections will be displayed in the library and collections study room at ArkDes. The discussion leader is Christina Pech, architectural historian and research coordinator at ArkDes.

Calendar: Bauhaus in the archive


1 October

Neues Bauen demanded new interiors

18:00  ArkDes library. Free entry. In Swedish.

Kerstin Wickman, journalist, writer and professor emerita in design and craft history, talks with Jonas Olsson, design specialist at ArkDes, about the Bauhaus’s influence on the teaching of design in Sweden. Kerstin Wickman has studied previously overlooked contacts that show how ideas originating from the Bauhaus influenced the design discourse in Sweden.


5 November

ACCEPTERA – a Swedish manifesto?

18:00  Aula at ArkDes. Free entry. In English.

Acceptera (”Accept”), the book from 1931 that is regarded as the manifesto and “call to arms” of Swedish functionalism, has recently been published in a German edition, translated and annotated by the architectural historian Atli Seelow. We have assembled a panel of experts to discuss how Acceptera relates to the Bauhaus and German intellectual culture of the early 20th century.

Helena Kåberg, PhD and curator at Nationalmuseum, is one of the editors of the English translation of Acceptera, published in Modern Swedish Design: Three Founding Texts (The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2008).

Atli Magnus Seelow, Dr.-Ing., architect and architectural historian, docent at Chalmers and the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, has annotated and translated Acceptera to German – Akzeptiere. Das Buch und seine Geschichte (FAU University Press, Erlangen, 2018).

Sven-Olov Wallenstein, professor of philosophy at Södertörn University and co-author with Helena Mattsson of the book 1930/31 Den svenska modernismen vid vägskälet (“1930/31 Swedish Modernism at the Crossroads,” Axl Books, Stockholm, 2009), about the construction and uniqueness of Swedish modernism.