seen by Stefan Berg
With texts by Wiebke Loeper und Harald Theiss
The Bauhaus will celebrate its centenary in 2019. It was founded in Weimar in 1919 and moved to Dessau in 1925 and then to Berlin in 1932, where it was shut down by the Nazis in 1933. Designed by Walter Gropius, the Bauhaus building in Dessau was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996 and now houses the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. The art school and its teachers exerted such wide-ranging influence that the term “Bauhaus” is often used as virtually synonymous with modernism in architecture and design.
When Stefan Berg (b. Bielefeld, 1971; lives and works in Berlin) taught photography at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Dessau, he seized the opportunity to take photographs of the building’s façades and interiors. The principal interest guiding his lens was to render the structure’s graphical and design qualities so as to convey a vivid experience of the Bauhaus idea. Berg’s pictures illustrate how the asymmetrical outward aspect of the cubic volumes gives way to symmetry inside the building and how light filtering in melds exterior and interior spaces. Evoking a sense of the building’s atmospheres, they leave a powerful aesthetic impression.
9.2018, DISTANZ Verlag
128 pp., 90 b/w ills., hardcover
The Bauhaus Group
This biography bears witness to the community of the art school in Weimar and Dessau in the 1920s and early 30s.
Mies and Modern Living
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886–1969) is not only one of the most important twentieth-century architects, his furniture designs are also considered milestones in the history of design. Even today, his steel-tube and flat-steel furniture, such as the famous Barcelona Chair, are to a large extent still in serial production.