Though it only ran for 14 years, the Bauhaus has influenced art for a century. The German art school, which was established in Weimar in 1919, became a beacon of experimentation and a new way of thinking in terms of art, design, architecture and education.
Marking the centenary of the Bauhaus’s establishment, German television drama Bauhaus: Die Neue Zeit (A New Era) tells the story of Doerte Helm, who joins the newly founded Bauhaus school and its innovative leader, Walter Gropius. As the school becomes a breeding ground for modernity, jazz, innovative architecture and feminism, Doerte and Walter fall in love – and their relationship leads to a scandal that threatens the school’s existence.
In this DQTV interview, stars Anna Marie Mühe (Doerte) and August Diehl (Walter) discuss the setting of the drama, in a world recovering from the First World War and searching for a new way of thinking and living.
They also talk about the love story between their characters and the universal themes at the heart of the story.
Bauhaus: Die Neue Zeit is produced by Zero One Film in coproduction with ZDF and Arte, Constantin Television and Nadcon Film, and is distributed by Beta Film.