Aspen’s celebration of the Bauhaus 100th anniversary officially begins on Jan. 9 with the Aspen Institute sponsored Bauhaus Evening: Why Bauhaus? Why Aspen? Why 2019? hosted at the Limelight Hotel.

The Bauhaus Evening is one of more than fifty events occurring between now and Aug. 2019 to commemorate this modern art school, honor its impact on Aspen and its continual influence and inspiration to artists, designers, architects, landscape architects, musicians, and thinkers in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley. The celebration is a collaboration with twenty-plus local organizations (see fact sheet for details) that are sponsoring and executing individual events aligned with their unique institutional mission.

The theme of Bauhaus 100: Aspen is Our Legacy. Our Future. This reflects the local history of Bauhaus, primarily with Herbert Bayer, a student and teacher at the Bauhaus who moved to Aspen in 1946. Bayer helped transform the former Victorian silver boom town into a community that accepts modern architecture and contemporary. Because of Bayer’s work, what remains in Aspen is one of the greatest examples of a Bauhaus ‘total environment’ that exists in the world. The theme also speaks to the ongoing influence the Bauhaus will have on the local creative community.

January events include the following, and are detailed on the Bauhaus100: Aspen website:

Official Launch – Jan. 9 – Bauhaus Evening: Why Bauhaus? Why Aspen? Why 2019? – Sponsored by the Aspen Institute, this lively panel discussion will examine the impact this iconic art school had on the world of design the mysteries of how Aspen benefited. Panel features Aspen Art Museum co-founder and former assistant to Herbert Bayer, Dick Carter, landscape architect Ann Mullins, architect Harry Teague, and will be moderated by Steven Wickes. 7:30pm – 8:30pm at The Limelight Hotel
Jan. 10 – 12: Wintersculpt and Kidsculpt – This Bauhaus-inspired snow sculpture competition is sponsored by Anderson Ranch Arts Center and is located at the Aspen Core Mall.
Jan. 10 – 13: Bauhaus themed Wintersköl™ Celebration— Wintersköl, Aspen’s annual “toast to winter,” dates back to a quiet January in 1951 when local Aspenites decided to celebrate Aspen’s unique Nordic lifestyle with an eclectic weekend of festivities. The four-day celebration features on-mountain activities, free events around town, fireworks over Aspen Mountain, and much more.
Jan. 11 – Youth All-Day Art Camp: Inspired by Paul Klee – 9am – 4pm, Red Brick Center for the Arts
Jan. 16 – The Aspen Institute: Art & Walking Tours – 11am – 12 pm, The Aspen Institute Doerr-Hosier Center
Jan. 25 – Bauhaus 3D Printer Workshop –12-4 pm, Pitkin County Library


bayer & bauhaus: how designed shaped aspen – This never-before-exhibited collection delves into the profound, but often unnoticed influence of Herbert Bayer’s work on Aspen, Colorado. It offers a unique view into his extensive works, both fine art and commercial. The exhibit will share a glimpse into Bayer’s lasting influence through preliminary sketches, original prints, textiles, architectural drawings, graphic design works, historical photographs, and more. Open Tues-Sat. 11am – 5pm, Aspen Historical Society.
Herbert Bayer Tapestry – On display through April at the Elk Camp Restaurant on Snowmass Mountain. Sponsored by Aspen Skiing Company + Aspen Institute.
Herbert Bayer’s Original Sundeck Restaurant Model, 1946-1999 – On display through April at the Aspen Mountain Sundeck Restaurant. Sponsored by CCY Architects + Colorado Mountain College.

For a complete listing of events please visit