The Bauhaus was the fruit of versatile input from both well-known avant-garde artists and aspiring junior masters, more than 1,250 students from 29 countries and their friends and families. In the “People” section we present the “Who’s Who” of the Bauhaus.
Walter Gropius, Hannes Meyer and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe fundamentally defined the Bauhaus strategy as directors.
Masters and teachers
Teachers were called “masters” at the Weimar State Bauhaus. They included renowned artists such as Feininger, Kandinsky, Marcks and Klee. Later on, outstanding Bauhaus graduates were appointed as junior masters. Moreover, to ensure students acquired an all-round training, the Bauhaus regularly invited along guest lecturers and speakers.
The creative atmosphere at the Bauhaus was a magnet for young people from over 29 countries. Some had no money at all, while others brought enough to feed their fellow students. They had one thing in common: they were now Bauhäusler and always would be.
The Bauhaus entourage
Some of the best-known Bauhaus personalities were neither students nor masters, but spouses, guest students, friends or colleagues working in the Gropius building studio. They, too, were deeply influenced by the art school and set their own stamp on the Bauhaus.
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Masters and weavers
In this Bauhaus centenary, one often gets the impression that this laboratory of modernism was a trailblazer for pretty much everything. Its combination of industry, art and craft, its teaching methods, publications, the notion of the Gesamtkunstwerk... And last but not least, a holistic understanding of aesthetics, which many architects still value today as their personal guiding principle.
Plastics in the Bauhaus: Preserving Modernism
Conservators at the Bauhaus Dessau do not only handle steel, glass, or concrete, but also plastics such as Triolin. How far are they willing to let plastics show their age? And what does the centenary imply for future conservation work?
The Bauhaus Perspective on Green Spaces
The Bauhaus shifted perspectives further afield. Modernism turned familiar perforated façades into glass envelopes – thereby providing an unobstructed view of the outside world. What role does the outdoors play in the Bauhaus? What is its understanding of the countryside and green areas we live in? And how does the Bauhaus period inspire the design of open spaces today?