Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar 1919–1923
State Bauhaus in Weimar 1919–1923
Facsimile edition with complete English translation
Edited by and initiated by Lars Müller in collaboration with Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin
With an essay by Astrid Bähr
The catalogue Staatliches Bauhaus in Weimar 1919–1923 was published in 1923 to accompany this first public showcase. This catalogue of its transdisciplinary oeuvre put the Bauhaus idea on paper for the first time and gave an idea of its potential. Featuring numerous projects, it also describes the theoretical doctrines of Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, and Gertrud Grunow, thus conveying the teaching methods applied in the various workshops. Gropius’s preface explains the structure of the state-run Bauhaus and introduces its unique reform program, which called for and taught the unity of technology and art. Illustrations from the various workshops show projects by students whose connection with the Bauhaus is still largely unexplored today.
With the original layout by László Moholy-Nagy and a cover designed by Herbert Bayer, the book represents an important testimony to the legendary avant-garde movement, shedding light on the work and aspirations of the Bauhaus from its earliest days.
The commentary accompanying this facsimile edition places this momentous publication, rare and long out of print, in a historical context, documenting the Bauhaus from the initial idea to the standing it would attain as a preeminent school of art and design.
The German facsimile is accompanied by the first full English translation of the catalogue, making it accessible to an international audience.
2019, Edited by and initiated by Lars Müller in collaboration with Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin
226 pp., 167 ills., hardcover
Anni Albers was an extraordinarily diverse artist who established the old craft of weaving as an art form and combined it with modern artistic practices. She studied at the Bauhaus in the 1920s, where her husband, Josef Albers, was a teacher. Following their emigration to the USA, both began teaching at the legendary Black Mountain College. It was there that Anni Albers created many of her unique woven pictures, graphic prints and jewellery designs. She experimented with new materials and designed textiles for production.
Mit kritischen Fragen widersetzt sich der Autor diesem Mythos und liefert eine umfassende Bestandsaufnahme der Geschichte des Hauses und der verschiedenen Einflüsse, die zu dessen Entstehung führten.
Eberhard Schrammen wurde während seiner Weimarer Studienjahre entscheidend durch die Großherzogliche Kunstschule und das Staatliche Bauhaus geprägt. Ab 1922 richtete er eine Drechslerei am Bauhaus ein, bevor er 1925 in die Kunsthandwerker-Genossenschaft nach Gildenhall übersiedelte.