Mies van der Rohe and Japan
The architect Mies van der Rohe devised some radical spatial concepts. Although he never visited Japan, there are numerous links to pre-modern Japanese houses. Where do those links come from? Three buildings by Mies – all of them icons of architectural history – are compared to Japanese houses: the Brick Country House, the Barcelona Pavilion and the Farnsworth House. By examining cultural exchanges between East and West we gain a new understanding of the periods of Mies’ work.
publisher: müry salzmann
The Bauhaus Group
This biography bears witness to the community of the art school in Weimar and Dessau in the 1920s and early 30s.
Despite being shut down by the Nazis after just fourteen years in existence, the Bauhaus art school stands as one of the defining movements of modern history. This book introduces the school’s commitment to creative expression, cutting-edge ideas, and the combination of fine art and technology in a utopian future.
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.