Picture Journal for the Age László Moholy-Nagy and Joost Schmidt’s Lost Bauhaus Book – a Reconstruction Attempt
In the 1920s, the announcements of the legendary series of “Bauhaus Books” always spoke of a “picture journal for the age”. László Moholy-Nagy toyed with the idea of a critical survey of contemporary magazine productions. This would involve the typographer Joost Schmidt sharing his proposals for a better, “proper” illustrated magazine. However, the idea came to nothing. This book now asks the question of how the planned “Bauhaus Book” might have argued its case.
Gebr. Mann Publishers
"I am not an art historian but an architect: the future is more important to me than the past and I am more inclined to investigate what is to come than to research what had already occured.” Thus begins Oud’s “confession” in volume 10 of the Bauhausbücher series.
The French painter and writer Albert Gleizes is considered an important representative of Cubism and described himself as the founder of this art movement. Although he was never an official member of the Bauhaus, Gleizes nevertheless dedicated his influential essay on Cubism to the art school.
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.