A highly original work on the role and the achievement of th Weimar Bauhaus in the period between 1919 and 1925. A lively and variegated portrait of the early years of the Bauhaus, with a rich fund of illustrations, this work presents the extraordinary activities of the most important avant-garde school in the twentieth century.
Founded by Walter Gropius as an innovative avant-garde school in April 1911, the Weimar Bauhaus soon became a centre of excellence for design and modern architecture. The volume retraces the first years of the legendary school’s activities, the period between 1919 and 1925, through the rich and previously unpublished collection of documents preserved largely at the Bauhaus Museum in Weimar.
The volume reveals not only the works of the teachers at the Bauhaus, such as Gropius, Itten, Schlemmer, Feininger, Moholy-Nagy, Klee and Kandinsky, but also the extraordinary talents of its students. The works presented include metal objects by Marianne Brandt and Wilhelm Wagenfeld, furniture by Marcel Breuer and Erich Dieckmann, ceramics by Theodor Bogler and Otto Lindig, fabrics by Gunta Stolzl and Benita Otte-Koch, typefaces designed by Herbert Bayer and Joost Schmidt, architectural visions by Walter Determann and Peter Keler, theatrical experiments by Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mark and Kurt Schmidt. The volume also documents numerous architectural works built
in Weimar in those years and now restored, including Henry van De Velde’s Kunstschule, with decorative elements by Oskar Schlemmer, Herbert Bayer and Joost Schmidt, the ‘Am Horn’ model home built by Geord Muche and the Memorial to the March Dead by Walter Gropius.