Bauhaus, Endless


Few things have been as expansively influential in the world of design and the emerging Modern movement as the school and design movement that originated out of Dessau, Germany shortly after WWI ended. Bauhaus translates roughly into English to mean “house of building.” Though very short lived, existing only from when (a recently decommissioned German officer) founded the school in 1919 to its disbanding in 1933, enough people were touched by the design leadership and thinking at the school to carry it throughout the world. That, and many of the instructors found themselves at schools elsewhere in the world where they could continue the good work and sharpen the minds of future designers and architects. Walter Gropius ended up at Harvard’s design school in 1934, subsequently helping a number of students and instructors make their way to positions and careers in the United States. This migration of Bauhausians to the United States set the stage for the launching of a design movement here that lasts to this day.

There is a concise that gives a nice overview of the Bauhaus and some of the personalities that made it happen. The article is in response to what sounds like an excellent exhibit tracing the history of the Bauhaus at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art.

2 Responses to “Bauhaus, Endless”

  1. Says:

    Hey John.
    Nice to see someone else giving props to the “B’Ow-House.”

    When I studied in Germany, I had the pleasure of visiting the Bauhaus Archiv in Berlin. One of the exhibitions showing at the time was called “Happy Birthday”.

    The exhibition was a presentation of birthday presents that the students and teachers had given each other while at the Bauhaus. It was an amazing collection. You could see the spirit of innovation shining through.

    In many of the photos exhibited you could see the students and faculty sitting around tables drinking coffee and talking. To me this is the epitomy of how important the Bauhaus was and is to Art and Design education. They understood and developed upon the importance of BOTH dialogue and craft.

    You can find the write-up for the book/exhibition on the Bauhaus Archiv site.

    Let me know if you would like to borrow the book I bought at the exhibit!


  2. John Schneider Says:


    That exhibit sounds very, very cool. Thanks for the link to the write-up, and I would like to check out the exhibit book. The farther we get in time from things like the Bauhaus the more important it is to remember them and what they contributed to the epistemology of design.

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