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88 years ago today the 1929 Bauhaus touring exhibition began its journey through Central Europe in Basel's Gewerbemuseum. Its objective: propaganda for the Bauhaus Dessau. Bauhaus Touring Exhibition 1929/1930A goods wagon’s worth of exhibits
Divine weather, a sleek steamship and a relaxed public who had apparently managed on a cruise to join work and leisure in perfect reconciliation: The pictures of the Fourth CIAM-Convention on board the French ship Patris II reveal an incredibly casual, almost perfect setting between a Mediterranean sun and tangy sea breezes. Yet, the picture darkens right away as soon as a person grasps the historical context. The Convention in the summer of 1933 began exactly two weeks after the National Socialists closed down the Bauhaus in Berlin. International Modernism: CIAM IV (1933)Bauhaus aboard
From Bauhaus to concentration camp
Almost from the start the Bauhauslers were caught in the crossfire between reactionary forces of all kinds. Many of them were open to socialistic ideas, communicated as artists using a design vocabulary that was soon to be characterised as ‘degenerate’, or were simply of Jewish descent. This may explain why many of them fell victim to the megalomania of the National Socialists, or survived only on the fringes of society after 1933. Among many others, these included Otti Berger, Friedl Dicker and Franz Ehrlich. On the occasion of the anniversary of Otti Berger’s death 73 years ago today on 27 April 1944, we wish to commemorate her with this brief history of her life and work.
The EU and Japan want to sign off on the JEFTA free trade agreement by early July 2017. Let us therefore take a look at some of the protagonists, who built bridges between Japan and the Bauhaus. Japan and the BauhausFrom Dessau to Tokyo
The promotion and protection of health were important themes at the Bauhaus. As such, breathing and concentration exercises, and even works of art, were considered beneficial. Health at the BauhausFrom neurasthenia to burnout
What influence did the ground-breaking ideas of the Bauhaus have on British architects and designers – and which role did modernism play in the tradition-conscious Empire? In view of the general election on 8 June we turn our attention to Great Britain. Great Britain and the BauhausLittle or no interest in progress?
In the years of the Interwar period, there was no equivalent to the Bauhaus in Poland. But as an exhibition in Berlin shows, the contribution of Polish artists to the formation and theory of classic modernism should not be underestimated International Modernism: PolandPerformativity of the Avant-Garde
The White City in Tel Aviv is regarded as the world's largest collection of buildings from the classic modern era. Many of them were built by former Bauhausler. But the origins of the modern movement in the Holy Land reach far beyond the Bauhaus. Israel and the BauhausPrussian Islands in an Oriental Sea (Part 1)
Occasioned by the election of President Macron, we turn our gaze toward France. Were the ground-breaking aesthetic ideas of the Bauhaus appreciated there during its lifetime and, if so, what influence did they have? France and the BauhausSimply no flair for aesthetics?
During its almost fourteen years of existence, the Bauhaus revolutionised creative and artistic thinking and work worldwide. The distinguished teachers who worked here included Walter Gropius, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky and Oskar Schlemmer, to name but a few. The following presents an overview of the most important developments. Detailed knowledge on the Bauhaus is available in the sections “phases”, “leaders” and “works”. Bauhaus at a glanceWhat exactly was the Bauhaus?
Arieh Sharon, the father of Israeli architecture, trained his gifted students at Bauhaus. He and his colleagues, Genia Averbuch, Zeev Rechter and Dov Karmi, managed an unusual balancing act in the 1930‘s during the construction of the White City in Tel Aviv. Never again would the longing for a time long begone be expressed in such a modern way in the future. International Modernism: IsraelHow Bauhaus came to Palestine (Part 2)