The Frankfurt Book Fair
Frankfurt am Main | 16.-20.10.2019
The Frankfurt Book Fair gives reason to summarize the scope and specificity of the publishing activities of German-speaking publishers. More than 100 new publications in German-speaking countries alone, which are dedicated to the Bauhaus and the Modern era, were published in 2018 and 2019.
These include new editions of standard publications, exhibition catalogs, monographs on the great Bauhaus masters but also on local topics. Many more writings and books are added that take up the topic. In doing so, both the very special view on otherwise little-known or surprisingly new facets of the Bauhaus was addressed, but the theme was also embedded in the overarching, ambivalent discourse on modernity. As with the many program activities, the publications also testify to the enormous diversity and heterogeneity of the Bauhaus phenomenon and correct clichés associated with the "Bauhaus Myth".
A book selection to 100 years of bauhaus
The multifarious thematization of the Bauhaus in film and television has brought countless protagonists into focus in Weimar and Dessau. There are many exciting stories about the so-called Bauhäuslern, with the women at the Bauhaus and their CVs finally coming into the spotlight. In some cases, such as Walter Gropius's publication activity has led to a controversial (media) debate on his personality and achievements.
Is everything Bauhaus?
Mia and Lucas Rosenstein are excited to have been invited to their grandfather's birthday celebration in Chicago. While exploring his apartment, the kids discover an old suitcase full of peculiar articles. For each individual item, their grandfather shares another interesting story - with each one tying into the Rosenstein family history as well. All of them are part of the fascinating world of Bauhaus.
Bauhaus 100 Sites of Modernism
Extraordinary sites associated with the Bauhaus and modernism can be found throughout Germany—pioneering architecture that has enduringly shaped our understanding of life and work, learning and living. This travel guide brings the historical and architectural traces of over 100 examples of Neues Bauen building to life, making tangible the impact of the historical Bauhaus beyond the school, its sites and its time.
Experiment Weimar. A Cultural History of Germany 1918 – 1933
With its modernism influencing literature, drama, architecture, art, music and dance, the Weimar Republic can be seen as an era all of its own. It was not a crisis-ridden “interwar period”. It was an age marked in part by explosive development processes. The Weimar culture is more readily understood from the perspective of the First World War than from its end phase. It is extremely important for Germany’s cultural history and informs many aspects of how we approach the arts today.
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.
The Bauhaus in Weimar, Dessau and Berlin. Lives, Works, Impacts
In its mere 14 years of existence, the Bauhaus gave rise to a fascination which persists until today. This book introduces the Bauhaus architects, guides us through the sites of the school’s activities and former homes of the Bauhaus members, and it portrays some of the artists. It recounts the unconventional forms of living, working and learning at the Bauhaus, and describes its creativity – from the enthusiastic period of its foundation in Weimar, to its establishment in Dessau and finally its forced closure by the Nazis, in Berlin in 1933.
This is the Bauhaus! 50 Questions – 50 Answers
What is “the Bauhaus”? Why did this arts school have such a huge influence on design, architecture and modern life? Fifty incisive answers discuss the characters of the Bauhaus – those devoted to self-sufficiency, the visionaries, the fanatics of experimentation, and the party animals. They talk of trailblazing architecture and unbeatable design, and how the Bauhaus continued to develop in Germany, Israel and the USA. This intelligent and humorous statistical analysis provides insights into all the important numbers related to the Bauhaus, from courting couples to the bestselling products.
bauhaus journal 1926-1931
One hundred years after the founding of Bauhaus, it’s time to revisit bauhaus journal as significant written testimony of this iconic movement of modern art. In this journal, published periodically from 1926 to 1931, the most important voices of the movement are heard: masters of the Bauhaus, among others, Josef Albers, Walter Gropius, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, László Moholy-Nagy, and Oskar Schlemmer, as well as Herbert Bayer, Marcel Breuer, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Gerrit Rietveld, and many more.
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.
Bauhaus. A World Tour in Photographs
The Bauhaus influenced the development of modern architecture far beyond the borders of Germany. To document this influence, photographer Jean Molitor spent almost a decade travelling the world – from Berlin to Casablanca, Stuttgart to Havana, St Petersburg to Guatemala City, and from Vienna to Bukavu in the DR Congo. This book presents more than a 130 impressive photos of some of the partly undiscovered pearls of classical modernism that exist around the world.
form and light. from bauhaus to tel aviv
The world-famous “white city” of Tel Aviv consists of 4000 buildings mostly in the Bauhaus style. Yigal Gawze’s photographs show the traces left behind by the encounter between the Bauhaus and the culture of the Mediterranean. They pay homage to the spirit of the Bauhaus, to the avantgarde photographers of the 1920s, and to the relevance of architectural modernism in urban development today. In its astonishingly detailed exposures, this portrait of the luminous city reveals the political essence of the Bauhaus architecture.
Bauhaus and America. Experiments in light and movement
The Bauhaus stage was a modern, interdisciplinary laboratory for experiments with light and movement. Taking this as the main starting point, this exhibition examines, for the first time, the many artistic interactions with light and movement by former Bauhaus students and Americans – from light and kinetic art, to experimental films, dance and performance art. The book provides a comprehensive insight into the artistic life of America post-1945, as influenced by the Bauhaus.
New Bauhaus Chicago Experiment Photography
In 1937, László Moholy-Nagy founded the New Bauhaus in Chicago, thereby exerting a strong influence on American photography. In their first year, the students all learned the basics of photography and experimented with photomontage, photograms and light painting. Famous teachers such as Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind and Arthur Siegel left their marks on generations of photographers. This book sheds light on the period from 1937 to 2001, and as such on a key aspect of American post-war photography.
Mies van der Rohe and Japan
The architect Mies van der Rohe devised some radical spatial concepts. Although he never visited Japan, there are numerous links to pre-modern Japanese houses. Where do those links come from? Three buildings by Mies – all of them icons of architectural history – are compared to Japanese houses: the Brick Country House, the Barcelona Pavilion and the Farnsworth House. By examining cultural exchanges between East and West we gain a new understanding of the periods of Mies’ work.
bauhaus imaginista. A School in the World
bauhaus imaginista. A School in the World traces the history of the international impact and reception of the Bauhaus’s practices and teachings against the backdrop of major geopolitical transitions of the 20th century. It focuses on the mutual dialog and exchange of the Bauhaus, its students and teachers with non-European modernists in places like India, Japan, China, Russia, Brazil and the United States.
Bauhaus News. Present Positions
In 2019 the Bauhaus will celebrate its hundredth anniversary! Preparations for the centenary have raised a host of questions: To what extent is the Bauhaus tied to a place, and how can its essence be conveyed in a museum?
Bauhaus Architecture 1919 - 1933
The architectural photographer, Hans Engels, depicts a selection of famous and less famous buildings by architects such as Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The buildings are shown in chronological order, from the formation of the Bauhaus in 1919 through to its closure in 1933, using masterful photographs taken specially for this book. Informative texts by Axel Tilch complement the photos with valuable details about the buildings’ history.
bau1haus – Modernism in the World
Photographer Jean Molitor has been tracing the heritage of the Bauhaus around the world since 2009. He started his “bau1haus” project in Africa, and has pursued it in 30 countries of Europe, Asia and Latin America.
He has found residential blocks, cinemas, schools housing estates, theatres, villas, hospitals, petrol stations and industrial buildings, in the larger cities and in the middle of nowhere. With his pictures he underlines the global connections of the Bauhaus and shows how much of an impact it had – and in some respects still has – around the world.
The Bauhaus. #allesistdesign
Objects of design, architecture, art, film and photography are placed in juxtaposition to the works of today’s designers, artists and architects, revealing the surprising relevance today of that laboratory of modernism, which experimented with the spread of design into all areas of our lives. The Bauhaus stands at the outset of a comprehensive approach to design which is today promoted with renewed vigour. How can designers place their work in a larger context, and how can they play a part in shaping society?
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.
New Typographies Bauhaus & Beyond: 100 Years of Functional Graphic Design
The New Typography produced a number of important graphic designers in Germany, including Willi Baumeister and Kurt Schwitters. In adverts, posters, book and magazine covers, and letterheads, they aimed to optimise readability and standardise typefaces. Layouts, preferably using sansserif typefaces offering the greatest possible clarity and combined with new objective photography, became popular with the advertising industry and still define our visual socialisation to this day.
The Bauhaus Group. Masters of Modernism.
Anni and Josef Albers were the only artists living as a married couple at the Bauhaus. In this book they tell their personal stories and describe their life with their artist colleagues and teachers, Walter Gropius, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. As such, this biography bears witness to the community of the art school in Weimar and Dessau in the 1920s and early 30s. It communicates the spirit and the flair of this period.
Oskar Schlemmer. Das Bauhaus und der Weg in die Moderne
Maler, Zeichner, Grafiker, Bildhauer, Wandgestalter, Bühnenbildner, Choreograf, Autor: Oskar Schlemmer (1888–1943) gilt als einer der vielseitigsten Künstler der Moderne. Die allumfassende Bauhaus-Idee von der Einheit der Künste und des Handwerks verkörpernd, waren seine Arbeiten stets auf die Vision einer Zukunft gerichtet, in der der moderne Mensch in Harmonie mit technischen und gesellschaftlichen Neuerungen lebt.
Zum Bauhaus-Jubiläum 2019 findet in Gotha die erste monografische Ausstellung zu Oskar Schlemmer im Osten Deutschlands statt. Neben einer Biografie und einer Chronologie führt der Katalog mit zwei anregenden Essays in die faszinierende Gedankenwelt des Bauhausmeisters mit Schwerpunkt auf den pulsierenden 1920er- und 1930er-Jahren ein.
Hannes Meyer’s Bauhaus Teaching. From Dessau to Mexico
As its second director, Hannes Meyer reinvented the educational principles of the Bauhaus as first propounded by Walter Gropius. He replaced the 1923 ideal of “Art and Technology – a New Unity”, which was now a concept in crisis, with the principle of “the needs of the people, not the need for luxury”. Among other things, Meyer cooperated with industry. The school’s teaching became project-oriented and the students realised industrial products. This book also examines the impact this teaching concept had on successor schools, such as the Ulm School of Design.
Pioneers of Modernity. A tribute to the Bauhaus’s women artists
Celebrating the centennial of a groundbreaking School of Art and Design, this volume marks the founding of the Bauhaus with a visual exploration of its most underrated members. While the institution provided women with new opportunities in education, along the way, they were faced with unreasonable family expectations, the ambiguous attitude of the faculty and administration, outdated social conventions, and, ultimately, the political repression of the Nazi regime.
Only the Intellect Counts From Bauhaus to the World. Memories
Bauhaus Weimar, Berlin, Paris, Tunisia, Algeria, North, Central and South America, New York, Basel, Paris: These are just some of the way stations in the life of Ré Soupault, Bauhaus student, avant-garde film producer, fashion journalist, fashion designer, photographer, translator, radio essayist, writer. With her clear and incorruptible perspective she described the world in upheaval, marked by two world wars. At the same time, her writing provides a succinct account of the cultural life of Europe’s avant-garde.
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.
At the start of the Roaring Twenties, Luise arrives at the Bauhaus in Weimar. She wants to help create a new world. But she soon finds out that, even here, patriarchal structures are deeply rooted. It seems her dreams of a career as an architect are over, along with membership of the conspiratorial Bauhaus and her love for her brilliant fellow student Jakob. Hers is a perfectly fitting story for the political instability of the Weimar Republic.
Here, They Call Me Frau Bauhaus The Life of Ise Frank. A Biographical Novel
26-year-old Ise Frank started working as a bookseller in Munich at the beginning of the 1920s. When she met Walter Gropius, her life changed. Ise Frank was much more than just the wife of Gropius and secretary of the Bauhaus. As a journalist and author, she also made a defining contribution to Gropius’ own path. And she was to ensure his ideas about design and teaching would not be forgotten, either during the Nazi period or later. In this biographical novel, Ise Frank takes centre stage for the first time.
The Red Cook. History and Recipes from a Spartacist Cell at the Bauhaus Weimar
It isn’t clear if Hannah R. really existed. But she provides an extremely condensed account of her life as a Bauhaus student under Paul Klee, between the kitchen and the cabaret, the poor house and armed strife in Weimar. She knows all the avantgarde figures, leads all the discussions, is present at every ambush, and leaves no culinary sensation untested. The descriptions of the Zeitgeist, the protagonists and the atmosphere in this laboratory of modernism are all linked in to political events following the First World War. And to the recipes.
What is the Bauhaus? Children Explore the Bauhaus Dessau
Many things seem strange in this angular building in Dessau they call “The Bauhaus”. The radiators hang like paintings on the walls, windows are opened with a chain drive, nearly all the lamps are round and the chairs are covered in a yarn of metal. Behind every construction, every item of furniture, can be found a brilliant idea. This book contains the things that children find fascinating about the Bauhaus. Its fifty questions, with answers and illustrations, inform children and familiarise them with the world-famous school of art design and architecture.
How Did the Submarine Get in the Garden? Children Explore Bauhaus Architecture
How do we want to live? That is the question that motivates Lotte and Max, who live in a “Bauhaus House” in Frankfurt. It’s not just architects like Walter Gropius who can be inventive. Lotte and Max also build special houses: with roofs and buildings that move, and others that can grow. They have car tyres and cling-film for windows, and skylights made of Tupperware boxes. After visiting the housing estate in Törten, Dessau, their designs take a surprising turn. For there, they see Georg Muche’s “Stahlhaus”, which is more of a submarine.
The bauhaus city
On this ten-part journey of discovery, children get to know all the exciting buildings of Dessau. They are invited to a tea party in the Atelierhaus, and to the legendary “swimming day” at the Kornhaus in the River Elbe. They find out that kitchens can also be bathrooms at the same time. And that the houses the Bauhaus teachers lived in look like white cubes, and the bedrooms in these houses are sometimes painted in black. Through funny and informative anecdotes the children learn how the Bauhaus changed everyday life.
Who Lives in White Cubes?
Lotte and Max meet Titus in Dessau, and he takes them on a journey back in time to 1927. The children encounter Kandinsky, Klee and Gropius, who all live in houses that look like white cubes. A lot of things in the Masters’ Houses are strange. You take showers in front of a big window and you sleep in a room painted black. Lotte and Max experiment with the Feininger brothers in the darkroom and go to a fancy dress ball with the members of the Bauhaus community. The Bauhaus is just a kindergarten for grown-ups.
Bauhaus Book of Games and Handicrafts
They built houses and furniture, made china crockery, wove carpets and painted. But who were the “Bauhaus Masters”? And what is this “Bauhaus” after all? It’s simple: Children find out by reading and having fun painting and doing handicrafts, till they themselves become little Bauhaus Masters. With a wealth of games and handicrafts they find out creatively what the Bauhaus was and how it still influences our lives today. Through playing interactively they are introduced to the Bauhaus.
Bauhaus Icons. Memory Game with 36 Classics from the Famous Arts School
This memory game presents classic examples of architecture, design, painting, costume, interior architecture, typography, music and celebrations at the Bauhaus. Marianne Brandt’s tea service, Peter Keler’s child’s cot, the painted “icons” of Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and others, and the Bauhaus Band. The details show works of Bauhaus architecture, from the Haus Am Horn in Weimar to the Masters’ Houses in Dessau, as well as other achievements of the legendary university for design.
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Nordic Design. The Response to the Bauhaus
Berlin | Exhibition | till 1.3.2020
The Bröhan-Museum will be holding the exhibition “Nordic Design. The Response to the Bauhaus”, looking at the reaction of the Nordic countries to German functionalism.
PAULSKIRCHE – A monument under pressure
Frankfurt/Main | Exhibition | till 16.2.2020
In the hope that Frankfurt would become the new German capital, the Paulskirche was rebuilt as a potential seat for the parliament in 1947, having been severely damaged by bombing raids. For this building task of national importance, the „Paulskirche Planning Committee“ created a deliberately sober space that symbolizes the new democratic era.
The exhibition outlines the history of its construction and rebuilding from 1786 to today in parallel with the relevant political and social trends.