Bauhaus 1919-1933

Bauhaus 1919-1933

by Barry Bergdoll
     
 
The Bauhaus, the school of art and design founded in Germany in 1919 and shut down by the Nazis in 1933, brought together artists, architects and designers--among them Anni and Josef Albers, Herbert Bayer, Marcel Breuer, Lyonel Feininger, Walter Gropius, Johannes Itten, Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, László Moholy-Nagy, Lilly Reich, Oskar Schlemmer, Gunta

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The Bauhaus, the school of art and design founded in Germany in 1919 and shut down by the Nazis in 1933, brought together artists, architects and designers--among them Anni and Josef Albers, Herbert Bayer, Marcel Breuer, Lyonel Feininger, Walter Gropius, Johannes Itten, Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, László Moholy-Nagy, Lilly Reich, Oskar Schlemmer, Gunta Stölzl--in an extraordinary conversation on the nature of art in the industrial age. Aiming to rethink the form of modern life, the Bauhaus became the site of a dazzling array of experiments in the visual arts that have profoundly shaped the world today. Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity, published to accompany a major multimedia exhibition, is The Museum of Modern Art's first comprehensive treatment of the subject since its famous Bauhaus exhibition of 1938, and offers a new generational perspective on the twentieth century's most influential experiment in artistic education. Organized in collaboration with the three major Bauhaus collections in Germany (the Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin, the Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau and the Klassic Stiftung Weimar), Bauhaus 1919-1933 examines the extraordinarily broad spectrum of the school's products, including industrial design, furniture, architecture, graphics, photography, textiles, ceramics, theater and costume design, painting and sculpture. Many of the objects discussed and illustrated here have rarely if ever been seen or published outside Germany. Featuring approximately 400 color plates, richly complemented by documentary images, Bauhaus 1919-1933 includes two overarching essays by the exhibition's curators, Barry Bergdoll and Leah Dickerman, that present new perspectives on the Bauhaus. Shorter essays by more than 20 leading scholars apply contemporary viewpoints to 30 key Bauhaus objects, and an illustrated narrative chronology provides a dynamic glimpse of the Bauhaus' lived history.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The Bauhaus is one of the most studied design movements of the 20th century, with a constant and continuing stream of publications about it. This catalog of the American version of a major exhibition co-organized by New York's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and several German Bauhaus collections is the museum's first exhibition dedicated to the influential German design school since 1938. Bergdoll and Dickerman (both MoMA curators) provide brief informative essays—Bergdoll on the architecture and building curricula of the school and its influences and influence at the time, and Dickerman on the social and political thinking involved in the multidisciplinary curriculum as it evolved under different directors and in different locations. The book consists of plates of over 400 objects in the exhibition; 30 objects have one- to six-page essays by experts on individual pieces or types, such as Marcel Breuer's tubular furniture or Herbert Bayer's typography. VERDICT Although there are more in-depth and specialized texts on Bauhaus, this book presents an extensive visual overview with a number of unfamiliar examples. For general and academic collections.—Jack Perry Brown, Ryerson & Burnham Libs., Art Inst. of Chicago

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780870707582
Publisher:
The Museum of Modern Art
Publication date:
12/11/2009
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
748,944
Product dimensions:
9.82(w) x 12.26(h) x 1.38(d)

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