Anja Guttenberger is an independent Bauhaus researcher, author, editor and curator, based near Berlin. For bauhaus imaginista she has carried out research for the conceptual editions Corresponding With, Learning From and Moving Away in several archives in Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland. She is also the editor of this Online Journal.
Anja Guttenberger studied art history as well as English and Spanish philology in Freiburg, Leipzig and Berlin. She was awarded her doctorate from the Freie Universität Berlin in 2011 with her thesis “Photographic Self-Portraits at the Bauhaus, 1919–1933”. Since 2007, based in Berlin, Anja has been working as an independent researcher, specialized in the Bauhaus. In 2007/08 and 2013/14, respectively, she curated the exhibitions Walter Gropius’ Journey to America 1928 (shown at the Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin and Galerie am Kolkmannhaus, Wuppertal) and bauhaus.foto/bauhaus.photo for the Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin (shown along with Christian Hiller’s bauhaus.film as bauhaus.foto.filme at SESC São Paulo, as a single exhibition at Max Liebling Haus in Tel Aviv, Israel, as well as at the Faguswerke in Alfeld, Germany).
From 2011 until 2016 Anja was the editor of the art-historical Bauhaus online platform www.bauhaus-online.de (of the Kooperation Berlin Dessau Weimer), which was integrated into the new www.bauhaus100.de website in 2016. She was the scientific editor and advisor of bauhaus100.de for a year. Between 2008 and 2016, she developed and realized various events, lectures, articles and reviews about Bauhaus photography, women at the Bauhaus and Hannes Meyer. Anja was the text editor of the exhibition catalogue Human. Space. Machine (Bauhaus Dessau Foundation). Since 2016 she has been a board member of baudenkmal bundesschule bernau—an association that works in and on Hannes Meyer and Hans Wittwer’s Trade Union School in Bernau (near Berlin). At the moment, Anja is exploring, as part of a research project, the constructional extensions of the Bauhaus School in the frame of the German Democratic Republic’s debate over formalism.