Fourteen years. In that brief period between the two world wars, the German Bauhaus school of art and design laid the foundations of modernity. With utopian ideals, she pioneered the avant-garde fusion of fine arts, crafts, and technology and its application to other artistic media and practices, from film to theater, from sculpture to ceramics.
This reference work is possible thanks to the collaboration of the Bauhaus-Archiv/ Museum für Gestaltung in Berlin, which houses today's most important collection on this famous art school. With documents, studies, more than 250 new photographs, sketches, plans and models of the works carried out, it brings us closer to the guiding principles and personalities of this idealistic creative community through its three successive locations in Weimar, Dessau and Berlin. From casual group gymnastics portraits to drawings from a class taught by Paul Klee; from sweeping architectural plans to an endlessly elegant ashtray by Marianne Brandt, the collection pulsates with the colors, materials, and geometries that make up the Bauhaus vision of the total work of art.
Close to the celebration of the centenary of the Bauhaus, this book is the definitive test of its energy and rigor; not only as a pioneering creative movement, but also as a paradigm of art education. Where expression and avant-garde ideas produced works that are functional and beautiful at the same time. This hands-on volume features leading artists such as Josef Albers, Marianne Brandt, Walter Gropius, Gertrud Grunow, Paul Klee, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Lilly Reich.