Bauhaus Idea and Bauhaus Politics

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In this highly original book, Hungarian art historian Eva Forgacs examines the development of the Bauhaus school of architecture and applied design by focusing on the idea of the Bauhaus, rather than on its artefacts. What gave this idea its extraordinary powers of survival? Written in 1989, the year of the revolutions, by an author who belongs to the "1968 generation," this study provides a sensitive East European overview of the 1920s--a period so similar to the 1960s, when large-scale utopias, after a few ...
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Overview


In this highly original book, Hungarian art historian Eva Forgacs examines the development of the Bauhaus school of architecture and applied design by focusing on the idea of the Bauhaus, rather than on its artefacts. What gave this idea its extraordinary powers of survival? Written in 1989, the year of the revolutions, by an author who belongs to the "1968 generation," this study provides a sensitive East European overview of the 1920s--a period so similar to the 1960s, when large-scale utopias, after a few bright years, were so vehemently suppressed. The text has been extensively revised since its original publication in Hungarian in 1991, and an entirely new chapter has been added on the Bauhaus's Russian analogue, VKhUTEMAS, the Moscow academy of industrial art. A unique feature of the book is the comparison of the two academies, as is the author's analytical emphasis on the history of ideas.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781858660127
  • Publisher: Central European University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Series: Central European University Press Books
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Beauty of Progress 5
2 Time out of Joint 14
3 'We Shall Draw Grand Designs...' 22
4 First Steps 31
5 Weimar 38
6 Breathing Exercises 46
7 Time 63
8 New Faces 81
9 If We Intend to Survive 98
10 The New Unity 104
11 Man at the Control Panel 118
12 The Part Versus the Whole 126
13 Why did Gropius Leave? 146
14 Hannes Meyer 159
15 Parallel Fates? Weimar, Dessau and Moscow 182
16 Endgame 194
Epilogue: Liberalism's Utopia 200
Notes 203
Bibliography 223
Index 231
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