Edited by Walter Gropius, László Moholy-Nagy (original series)
Lars Müller (facsimile edition) in collaboration with Bauhaus-Archiv/Museum für Gestaltung Berlin
Active at the Bauhaus between 1920 and 1931, teaching in the bookbinding, stained glass and mural-painting workshops, Paul Klee (1879–1940) brought his expressive blend of color and line to the school—and, with the second volume in the Bauhausbücher series, beyond its walls.
In his legendary Pedagogical Sketchbook, Paul Klee takes a theoretical approach to drawing using geometric shapes and lines. Evincing a desire to reunite artistic design and craft, and written in a tone that oscillates between the seeming objectivity of the diagram, the rhetoric of science and mathematics, and an abstract, quasi-mystical intuition, Klee’s text expresses key aspects of the Bauhaus’ pedagogy and guiding philosophies. And while Klee’s method is deeply personal, in the context of the fundamentally multivocal Bauhaus, his individual approach to abstract form is typical in its idiosyncrasy. In this book, he presents his own theory about the relationships between line, shape, surface, and color in the visual space.
In the present volume, the 1953 English translation by Sibyl Moholy-Nagy is combined with the design and physical qualities of the original German edition from 1925.
2019, Lars Müller Publishers
56 pp., 87 ills., Reprint, hardback
The Auerbach House by Walter Gropius with Adolf Meyer
The then Bauhaus director Walter Gropius built the Auerbach house, his first private home, in 1924. The villa in Jena, realized in collaboration with Adolf Meyer, is one of the most important testimonies to the beginnings of the Bauhaus.
UmBauhaus – Updating Modernism
Imagine a journey around the world, where you meet 28 stimulating figures from the fields of architecture, marketing, politics and industrial design to discuss possible alternatives for restoring the Director’s House built for Walter Gropius in Dessau.
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.