The promise of the Bauhaus

A major biography of Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack
by
June 2021, no. 432

Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack: More than a Bauhaus artist by Resi Schwarzbauer with Chris Bell

HistorySmiths, $60 hb, 365 pp

The promise of the Bauhaus

A major biography of Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack
by
June 2021, no. 432

With his founding of the Bauhaus in 1919, the German architect Walter Gropius proposed a radical reimagining of the arts and crafts. His manifesto outlined the principles for an institution that would unify architecture, art, and design, creating ‘a new guild of craftsmen, free of the divisive class pretensions that endeavoured to raise a prideful barrier between craftsmen and artists!’ At the heart of this stirring vision was a world in which creativity was directed to practical ends, where function was a fundamental element of creative endeavour. Gropius’s call was both inspiring and timely, and it found ready devotees. In a continent savaged by four years of war, there was urgent need for a new way. Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, and Oskar Schlemmer were a few of the many who made their way to the German city of Weimar to work with Gropius and to help realise his vision.

Seumas Spark reviews 'Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack: More than a Bauhaus artist' by Resi Schwarzbauer with Chris Bell

Ludwig Hirschfeld-Mack: More than a Bauhaus artist

by Resi Schwarzbauer with Chris Bell

HistorySmiths, $60 hb, 365 pp

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