Bauhaus Dessau Foundation (Ed.)
by Kirsten Baumann
The Bauhaus Dessau, designed by Walter Gropius, was home to the “Bauhaus Dessau—School of Design” from 1925 to 1932. The epitome of 20th century modern design worldwide, it attracts some 80,000 visitors annually from Germany and abroad. In 1996, the building was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. This volume shows, in over 80 unique photographs—taken in the still empty rooms immediately after the general renovation of 1996–2006—the transparency and lightness of an exceptionally sensate modern architecture, whose surprising and bold colouration debunks the myth of a “white Modernism”. Alongside the history and architecture of the building, the book also describes the work carried out in the former workshops, and the most important products made there, illustrating how the Bauhaus’ architecture, design and concept are inseparably intertwined. Biographies of the most important Bauhaus associates complete the picture.Bauhaus Dessau offers aesthetic pleasure, ageless inspiration and a lively point of view, and brings this legendary building within one’s grasp.
3.2007, Jovis Verlag
144 pp., 78 colored and 4 b/w ills., softcover
The Bauhaus changed the face of modernism. Pursuing utopian ideals for the future, it developed a pioneering fusion of arts, crafts and technology which it introduced into all creative media and techniques, from cinema to theatre, and from sculpture to ceramics. Not only does this book describe the work of that creative community, it also captures the spirit of the age, through unposed photographs of gymnastics teams, for instance, and through drawings from Paul Klee’s teaching.
New Design – Neoplasticism, Nieuwe Beelding
Although Piet Mondrian was not an active member of the Bauhaus, his name is often mentioned in connection with the art school. Mondrian, cofounder of the De Stijl movement in the Netherlands, called for a strict reduction of visual language to orthogonal composition and primary colors, which met with great approval in Bauhaus circles.