Bauhaus Streit. 1919-2009

Kontroversen und Kontrahenten

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Bauhaus Streit. 1919-2009
Kontroversen und Kontrahenten

Ed. Philipp Oswalt, Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, text(s) by Magdalena Droste, Joachim Krausse, Jörn Etzold, Wolfgang Thöner u.a., Gerda Breuer, Walter Prigge, Otl Aicher, Simone Hain, Ullrich Schwarz, Paul Betts, Thilo Hilpert, Michael Müller, preface by Philipp Oswalt


2009. 312 pp., 31 ills.


14.00 x 21.00 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-2454-8

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. (English edition ISBN 978-3-7757-2488-3)

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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The Bauhaus was founded in Weimar, Germany, in 1919. Despite the brevity of its existence, it is still the most important school ever for art, design, and architecture.

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