Theo Van Doesburg

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Enduring Influence


The first Bauhaus school opened in 1919 in Weimar, Germany, under the commandership of Walter Gropius, igniting an architectural and design revolution. The establishment then moved two more times, first to Dessau, then to Berlin, before having to make a transatlantic move to Chicago due to the second World War. While the school has evolved into what is now the IIT Institute of Design, the three original buildings still stand, becoming landmarks for the history of perhaps the most influential design philosophy of the 20th century. With big windows, functional and aesthetic layouts, and minimalistic colors, the three structures set the stage for what the school would represent – which is further evidenced by the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright¹s string of houses in Illinois and the slew of buildings erected by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe. Magdalena Droste’s new book, Bauhaus, released via TASCHEN, compiles an array of important documents from The Bauhaus/Archiv Museum of Design in Berlin, and traces the history and power of the school, making a trail of the key places where Bauhaus lived and breathed.



Bauhaus | Magdalena Droste



Walter Gropius: Gropius’ house 1925/26 Copyright: Photo: Lucia Moholy, BHA/TASCHEN



Bauhaus | Magdalena Droste



The Bauhaus Building in Dessau, 1925-1926 Copyright: Photography Juergen Nogai, Santa Monica, CA/Private collection/TASCHEN


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A discussion of students’ work in the Preliminary Course taught by Josef Albers, 1928-1929, photo by Umbo | Copyright: Gallery Kicken Berlin/Phyllis Umbehr


Featured Image: LEFT: Bauhaus TASCHEN book cover | Magdalena Droste RIGHT: Gymnastics room in the sports teacher’s flat in Berlin, 1929, interior by Marcel Breuer and Gustav Hassenpflug