By Jeffrey Saletnik, Robin Schuldenfrei
Reconsidering the prestige and that means of Bauhaus items relating to the a number of re-tellings of the school’s background, this quantity positions artwork items of the Bauhaus in the theoretical, creative, historic, and cultural matters during which they have been produced and obtained.
Contributions from top students writing within the box today – together with Frederic J. Schwartz, Magdalena Droste, and Alina Payne – offer a completely new therapy of the Bauhaus. Issues akin to artwork and layout pedagogy, the perform of images, copyright legislation, and demanding conception are mentioned. via a robust thematic constitution, new archival examine and leading edge methodologies, the questions and next conclusions awarded right here reassess the historical past of the Bauhaus and its carrying on with legacy. crucial interpreting for a person learning the Bauhaus, glossy paintings and design.
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Society was in a state of balance just a few generations ago, and art and architecture developed slowly and organically as different branches of culture. Then with the beginning of the age of science and the development of the machine, the old social forms crumbled. ”44 In the context of the competing discourse in Germany in the years after World War II and the Occupation of Germany by the United States and the Allies, it becomes clear that Gropius was taking up a position here. Gropius can be seen as aligning himself with the charge that Nazism was a social deviance—and the product of what was called “the special path,” the result of Germany’s particular history (that of late industrialization and statehood).
For there is a trust placed in me. A cultural trust. ”34 25 Karen Koehler We know from the exchanges between Gropius and the Agency that this story, geared towards German working-class soldiers, was recognized by all of the authors as a work of fiction and of propaganda. According to a letter from Leon Meadow, Chief of the Special Features Section of the Radio Program of the Office of War Information, clearly written in response to a former protest by Gropius: I should have taken the opportunity then to present somewhat more specifically the details of time and place concerning the use of this script.
Returning to Germany for the first time since his exile, reporting to the American Military Governor of Germany, Gropius wrote to his wife that “Berlin is a has been! A desecrated corpse! ”48 After his tour of the country, Gropius reported that he felt that simply to rebuild would not be enough—that there had to be an overall effort to remake Germany economically, physically, and emotionally. ”49 Re-education was a catchall phrase for the Occupation in general, the idea that the entire country of Germany had to be forced to think differently.