The 1929 WuWA Exhibition

The exhibition comprised two parts: the model housing estate and exposition located in the exhibition area around the Centennial Hall.Some important parts were featured in the Centennial Hall itself, namely: an international exhibition of the German Werkbund called “Neues Bauen”, a University of Technology exhibition, a Wrocław Housing Cooperative exhibition “Eichborngarten”, and a Bauhaus exhibition from Dessau.An exhibition in the Trade Hall presented information about the process of building design and construction, new materials, paints and colours, new construction methods and construction equipment, interior design, furniture, and utility objects used in a household.Additionally, prototype office interiors and work spaces for an architect, an engineer, a doctor and a lawyer were shown. There were also example interiors, kitchens, dining rooms, bedrooms, living rooms and entireflats. One could see the history of a flat and housing estate developments in different countries. German craft tradesconstituted animportant part of the exposition in Wrocław – there were typical sample workshops of craftspeople: weaver, glass engraver, upholsterer, tailor, hairdresser, photographer, carpenter, bookbinder and others.
Outside, there was a model shopping street (with various shops selling items of equipment), and special areas presenting construction machinery, house gardens, greenhouses and gardening equipment. In addition to that, there was a model farm with live and dead stock, land development for children, including a school garden and playgrounds, a day sanatorium for children with pulmonary diseases, a puppet theatre, weekend cabins and even a cemetery art exhibition.

Between 24th and 27th July 1929 Werkbund days were seen for the first time in the eastern part of Germany. The exhibition was to show the attainments of the Silesian Section of the organisation. During the exhibition, the Association of the German Architects also held a sitting in Wrocław.Despite making the events and attractions as convenient and easily accessible as possible for the inhabitants of Wrocław and Silesia, the number of visitors was lower than expected. The exhibition brought losses as the requested public funds were never granted.

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Wzorcowe osiedle Werkbundu, widok z lotu ptaka, 1929. Muzeum Architektury we Wrocławiu, Mat II lb 533-29

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