Teaching at the Bauhaus
Rainer K. Wick
With texts by Gabriele Diana Grawe and others
Within the space of only 14 years, the Bauhaus – founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar in 1919 – set the course of modern design. Gropius's pedagogical approach revolutionized the traditional training in art schools. Interest in the Bauhaus and Gropius's methods is as lively today as ever – in conscious and unconscious borrowings from his work, or in direct criticism of his ideas. This publication is the only comprehensive account of the main pedagogical concepts behind the work of the Bauhaus. Analytical essays illuminate the various approaches of individual staff members in the Bauhaus, which included Gropius, Hannes Meyer, Mies van der Rohe, Itten, Moholy-Nagy, Albers, Kandinsky, Klee, Schlemmer and Joost Schmidt. Additional chapters investigate the pre-history of the Bauhaus plus its predecessors in matters of art-training, outlining the development of the institution from 1919 to 1933 and the reception of Bauhaus methods in the Weimar Republic, in the 'Third Reich', in both Germanys after the Second World War, and the USA – drawing on otherwise widely-dispersed writings on the Bauhaus as well as on a wide variety of other archive materials.
2000, Hatje Cantz Verlag
404 pp., 270 ills., hardcover
Walter Gropius' early buildings in Pomerania were still strongly marked by his teacher Peter Behrens, after an expressionistic phase focused on handicraft, he ultimately arrived at geometric abstraction.
Mies and Modern Living
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886–1969) is not only one of the most important twentieth-century architects, his furniture designs are also considered milestones in the history of design. Even today, his steel-tube and flat-steel furniture, such as the famous Barcelona Chair, are to a large extent still in serial production.