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Films (Bauhaus 100) 2019


A live animated film theatre on Johannes Itten’s theory of colour

WEDNESDAY, 11th September 2019, 8:10 p.m.

Producer: KARTOONS
Country of Origin: Germany, 2019
Runtime: 53′
Croatian premiere

Known for his flamboyant character, the painter Johannes Itten played an integral role in the establishment of the early Bauhaus. In a film produced before the eyes and ears of a live audience, the director Katrin Rothe sets out to examine the life of the Bauhaus instructor as well as her own years at university, during which she became acquainted with Itten’s colour theory in different ways. Katrin Rothe pages back and forth through Itten’s scintillating
biography, creating a musical-fanciful series of images depicting the turbulent times of the early Bauhaus. Wondrous colours, forms
and figures jump from the drawing board and from Rothe’s own sketchpads and notes onto the movie screen in a live performance where various encounters take shape.
The young, barely 30-year-old Itten meets his older self who looks back at his time in Weimar, the abstract forms of geometry and white architecture meet a sea of rhythmically flowing colours, and the free, easy-going exercises of the Bauhaus instructor encounter the older Itten’s intense interest in Asian lifestyles and philosophies. The result is a Bauhaus awash in colour, or as Itten himself once wrote: Nothing works without colour.


Katrin Rothe was born in East Germany. In 1990 she moved to Berlin and studied Fine Art Experimental Filmmaking at the Berlin University of the Arts and CSM London. Since 2003 she has been working as an independent film director, screenwriter and producer at her own production company Kartoons specialized in animations. She is mostly making feature documentaries dealing with arts and social issues. Her project ‘’Nothing Works Without Colour’’ combining theatre, performans and documentary film had its premiere in 2019 during the centenary of Bauhaus.


FRIDAY, 13th September 2019, 7 p.m.

Country of Origin: Germany, 2018
Runtime: 95′
Croatian premiere


A hundred years ago, a radical artistic utopia was born in the city of Weimar: Bauhaus. Its effects still shape our world today. Against the background of the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, the documentary BAUHAUS SPIRIT not only tells art history, but also contemporary history.

From the very beginning, Bauhaus architects and artists, including Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, asked: How should we live together? What does “living together” mean? How can rooms be designed in such a way that all people can be part of a community? Bauhaus made art, design and architecture political.

The documentary film BAUHAUS SPIRIT goes back to the beginnings of the first Bauhaus group around Walter Gropius, whose educational concept of celebrations and research was revolutionary.

Operating under the assumption of Bauhaus as a social utopia, Niels Bobrinker and Thomas Tielsch ask about its evolution, changes and ability to inspire over the last hundred years.

BAUHAUS SPIRIT leads us from the legendary Bauhaus building in Dessau to visionary projects in Latin American favelas, from the courses of the Bauhaus masters Kandinsky, Klee and Schlemmer to Scandinavian schools without classrooms, from Berlin’s Gropius City to the vision of a car-free metropolis.

BAUHAUS SPIRIT is an eye-opener. It is much more than the history of erecting structures. It creates a record of cultural history of modern spatial thinking that is as captivating as it is enlightening. BAUHAUS SPIRIT turns us into amazed and enthusiastic wanderers amidst modern spaces who will from then on see every design from a completely new perspective.




Thomas Tielsch has been working as an author, editor, reviewer and producer since the early eighties. He is the founder of the production company Filmtank.

BAUHAUS SPIRIT is not Tielsch and Bolbrinker’s first collaboration: In 2009, they acted as producer (Tielsch) and cameraman (Bolbrinker) in the making of a portrait of Svetlana Geier, who is regarded as the greatest translator of Russian literature into German. The documentary film THE WOMAN WITH THE 5 ELEPHANTS received numerous awards, including the Swiss Film Prize for Best Documentary Film, the DEFA Award of the DOK Leipzig Film Festival and was nominated for the German Film Prize in 2010. Tielsch also produced the artist documentary FLIES AND ANGELS (2009) by Niels Bolbrinker and Kerstin Stutterheim, and Bolbrinker’s documentary REALITY CHECK (2014), which was released in 2014.