The Bauhaus Idea and Bauhaus Politics
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The Bauhaus Idea and Bauhaus Politics

Éva Forgács

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The Bauhaus Idea and Bauhaus Politics

Éva Forgács

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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? Founded in 1919, with the architect Walter Gropius as its first director, the Bauhaus carried within it the seeds of conflict from the start. The duration of the Bauhaus coincides very nearly with that of the Weimar Republic; the Bauhaus idea - the notion that the artist should be involved in the technological innovations of mechanization and mass production - is a concept that was bound to arouse the most passionate feelings. It is these two strands - personal and political - that Forgacs so cleverly interweaves. The text has been extensively revised since its original publication in Hungarian, and an entirely new chapter has been added on the Bauhaus's Russian analogue, VkhUTEMAS, the Moscow academy of industrial art.

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Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Front matter
  3. Contents
  4. List of Illustrations
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. lntroduction
  7. 1 . The Beauty of Progress
  8. 2. Time out of Joint
  9. 3. 'We Shall Draw Grand Designs ...'
  10. 4. First Steps
  11. 5. Weimar
  12. 6. Breathing Exercises
  13. 7. Time
  14. 8. New Faces
  15. 9. lf We lntend to Survive
  16. 10. The New Unity
  17. 11 . Man ot the Control Panel
  18. 12. The Part Versus the Whole
  19. 13. Why did Gropius Leave?
  20. 14. Hannes Meyer
  21. 15. Parallel Fates? Weimar, Dessau and Moscow
  22. 16. Endgame
  23. Epilogue: Liberalism's Utopia
  24. Notes
  25. Bibliography
  26. Index
  27. Back cover