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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Abstract, open, useful. Those were the modern principles that Hilberseimer instilled in his students of architecture and of housing and urban design. He recorded his urban planning theory in numerous publications.
Gropius appointed Josef Albers as a young master before he had even qualified as a journeyman. He was in charge of the preliminary course, where he formulated a pioneering approach to art education.