The Bauhaus was founded as an art school in 1919 and was opened in Weimar, the progressive heart of Germany's postwar republic. Bauhaus established itself as a major influence on 20th-century art and design that continues to this day.
Under its first director, Walter Gropius, students were taught by some of the most celebrated artists of the time, including Paul Klee, Lyonel Feininger and Wassily Kandinsky. The school moved to Dessau in 1922 and to Berlin in 1932. In 1933 the Gestapo forced the Bauhaus to close. This book uncovers the sources of inspiration that brought the Bauhaus into existence, from medieval cathedrals of Europe and the prints of Hokusai to William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement. Each of the various workshops and courses at the Bauhaus is explored in detail, illustrating the extraordinary wealth of experimentation in every field: architecture, ceramics, glass-painting, metalwork, mural, photography, printing and binding, sculpture, textiles, theatre, typography and publicity. This accessible guide to the Bauhaus, its history and turbulent political context, provides the key to understanding why it is still recognized as one of the most durable and influential sources of modern ideas about art, design and craft.
Over de auteur:
Anne Monier, a graduate of the Sorbonne and the École Normale Supérieure, is a curator at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Her research focus is the Bauhaus in general and Herbert Bayer in particular.
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