10 Nov, 2022 700 Arts

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the Bauhaus which began in 1919 in Weimar, Germany, as a school for arts and crafts combined, and went on to be famous around the world. Under its first director, Walter Gropius, the Bauhaus moved to Dessau and extended its range to architecture and became associated with a series of white, angular, flat-roofed buildings reproduced from Shanghai to Chicago, aimed for modern living. The school closed after only 14 years while at a third location, Berlin, under pressure from the Nazis, yet its students and teachers continued to spread its ethos in exile, making it even more influential.

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  • Robin Schuldenfrei No other episodes
    Tangen Reader in 20th Century Modernism at The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Alan Powers No other episodes
    History Leader at the London School of Architecture
  • Michael White No other episodes
    Professor of the History of Art at the University of York

Reading list

  • Bauhaus: 1919-1928
    Herbert Bayer, Walter Gropius and Ise Gropius (eds.) (The Museum of Modern Art, 1938) Google Books →
  • Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity
    Barry Bergdoll and Leah Dickerman (eds.) (MoMA, 2009) Google Books →
  • Isokon and the Bauhaus in Britain
    Leyla Daybelge and Magnus Englund (Batsford, 2019) Google Books →
  • Bauhaus 1919-1933
    Magdalena Droste (Taschen, 1998) Google Books →
  • The Bauhaus Group
    Nicholas Fox-Weber (Knopf, 2009) Google Books →
  • Bauhaus Crucible of Modernism
    Elaine Hochman (Fromm, 1997) Google Books →
  • Bauhaus: Art as Life, Barbican Art Gallery exhibition catalogue
    Catherine Ince (Walther Koenig Books, 2012) Google Books →
  • Bauhaus Culture: From Weimar to Cold War
    Kathleen James-Chakraborty (ed.) (University of Minnesota Press, 2006)
  • Walter Gropius: Visionary Founder of the Bauhaus
    Fiona MacCarthy (Faber & Faber, 2019) Google Books →
  • The Bauhaus Reassessed: Sources and Design Theory
    Gillian Naylor (Herbert Press, 1985) Google Books →
  • Bauhaus and Bauhaus People
    Eckhard Neumann (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1970) Google Books →
  • Haunted Bauhaus: Occult Spiritualities, Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities, and Radical Politics
    Elizabeth Otto (MIT, 2019) Google Books →
  • Bauhaus Goes West: Modern Art and Design in Britain and America
    Alan Powers (Thames & Hudson, 2019) Google Books →
  • Bauhaus Construct: Fashioning Identity, Discourse and Modernism
    Jeffrey Saletnik and Robin Schuldenfrei (eds.) (Routledge, 2009) Google Books →
  • Luxury and Modernism: Architecture and the Object in Germany 1900-1933
    Robin Schuldenfrei (Princeton University Press, 2018) Google Books →
  • Bauhaus
    Frank Whitford (Thames and Hudson, 1984) Google Books →
  • The Bauhaus: Weimar, Dessau, Berlin, Chicago
    Hans Wingler (MIT Press, 1969) Google Books →

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