Edited by Walter Gropius, László Moholy-Nagy (original series)
Lars Müller (facsimile edition) in collaboration with Bauhaus-Archiv/Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin
When the Bauhaus moved to Dessau in 1924, it was finally possible to publish the first of the Bauhausbücher that Walter Gropius (1883–1969) and Làszlò Moholy-Nagy (1895–1946) had first conceived of in Weimar. The series was intended to give insight into the teachings of the Bauhaus and the possibilities it offered for incorporating modern design into everyday aspects of an ever-more-modern world. First in the series was Gropius’ International Architecture, an overview of the modern architecture of the mid-1920s and an early attempt to articulate what would come to be known as International Style architecture. In a brief preface, Gropius summarized the guiding principles he identified uniting the avant-garde around the world. But the real thrust of the book is visual, with an extensive illustrated section showing buildings in Europe and the Americas. According to Gropius, these illustrations show the “development of a consistent worldview” that dispensed with the prior decorative role of architecture and expressed itself in a new language of exactitude, functionality and geometry.
Published for the first time in English, this new edition of the first of the Bauhausbücher is accompanied by a brief scholarly commentary. Presented in a design true to Moholy-Nagy’s original, International Architecture offers readers the opportunity to explore the Bauhaus’ aesthetic and its place in the world as Gropius himself was trying to define them.
2019, Lars Müller Publishers
108 pp., 100 ills., reprint, hardback
The Bauhaus was an important inspiration for modern design and functional architecture, well beyond the bounds of Germany alone. Yet the products themselves were not the only decisive factor in its international impact and reception. The ideas of the Bauhaus were carried around the world largely because of the – mostly involuntary – emigration of the Bauhaus figures in the 1930s, above all to the USA and the Soviet Union, but also to Israel, China, India and Turkey.
Painting, Photography, Film
Offered a position at the Weimar Bauhaus in 1923, László Moholy-Nagy (1895–1946) soon belonged to the inner circle of Bauhaus masters. When the school moved to Dessau, Moholy-Nagy and Walter Gropius began a fruitful collaboration as joint publishers of the Bauhausbücher series.
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.