Beyond the Bauhaus Movement: Modernity and Exile


A conference entitled "Beyond the Bauhaus Movement: Modernity and Exile in 1930s" has been held in North Rhine–Westphalia, Germany.

The conference was given by Prof. Dr. Bernd Nicolai, a faculty member from the University of Bern, as part of the festivities for the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus architectural movement in Germany, and the lives and works of the German architectures who took refuge in Turkey between 1933 and 1945 were discussed and the examples of the Bauhaus architecture in Turkey were promoted during the conference.

Prof. Dr. Nicolai delivered a speech at the event held jointly by Yunus Emre Institute's Cologne Branch and Landesverband Rheinland (LVR) at LVR's state building. "The architects in exiles played a major role in creating the infrastructure needed for the redevelopment of Ankara. The Bauhaus art and design school, established in Weimar, Germany, in 1919, and the 'Bauhaus Art Movement' have a special place among architectural movements and have been very influential across the globe," he said.

Nicolai pointed out that Turkey had exhibited a great humanitarian act by accepting the leading scientists who fled Nazi Germany in 1930s, given many German scientists the opportunity to transfer their scientific knowledge and technical know-how to the country.