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
Oskar Schlemmer % Meister der tanzenden Form
1921 folgte Oskar Schlemmer dem Ruf von Walter Gropius an das Staatliche Bauhaus in Weimar. Als Formmeister übernahm Schlemmer zeitweise die künstlerische Leitung der Bauhaus-Werkstätten für Wandmalerei, Holz-, Steinbildhauerei und Metall sowie die Bühnenwerkstatt.
The fourth issue wants to give a review and at the same time show, that there is no such genre as Bauhaus photography.
The Bauhaus was an important inspiration for modern design and functional architecture, well beyond the bounds of Germany alone. Yet the products themselves were not the only decisive factor in its international impact and reception. The ideas of the Bauhaus were carried around the world largely because of the – mostly involuntary – emigration of the Bauhaus figures in the 1930s, above all to the USA and the Soviet Union, but also to Israel, China, India and Turkey.