Bauhaus Conflicts, 1919-2009

Controversies and Counterparts

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Bauhaus Conflicts, 1919-2009
Controversies and Counterparts

Ed. Philipp Oswalt, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, text(s) by Gerda Breuer, Magdalena Droste, Jörn Etzold, Joachim Krausse, Walter Prigge, Wolfgang Thöner, Otl Aicher, Simone Hain, Ullrich Schwarz, Paul Betts, Thilo Hilpert, Michael Müller, Justus H. Ulbricht, Kai-Uwe Hemken, Dieter Hoffmann-Axthelm, preface by Philipp Oswalt

English

2009. 304 pp., 31 ills.

softcover

14.10 x 21.10 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-2488-3

The Bauhaus, one of the icons of modernism, was controversial from the start—not only because of internal strife, but also due to critique or enmities from the outside. And the controversy did not end with the closure of the Bauhaus itself. Yet nothing else revealed Bauhaus ideas and ideology as well as these confrontations did. Through them, the basic issues of the modernist program became clear. It became obvious that there was no such thing as one kind of modernism, just as there was no ONE Bauhaus; instead, there were different, contradictory, and even oppositional movements and positions: the Bauhauses.

Few cultural movements have been as politically instrumentalized as the Bauhaus has. These controversies reflect the relationship between politics and culture in the twentieth century, and hence, the history of the construction of German identity. (German edition ISBN 978-3-7757-2454-8)

Exhibition schedule: Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, July 22–October 4, 2009 · Museum of Modern Art, New York November 8, 2009–January 18, 2010

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