Pre-Bauhaus Europe

If anyone out there has any information on this time period, please do pass it on! Even Wikipedia draws a blank!

I need to write a 20 page research paper on it by Friday, so I’m trying to get a grip of at least the dates as a jumping off point. And you thought design school was all about drawing doodles and playing with photoshop? I only had to write one such research paper at my liberal arts university, and I had a much longer period of time to do it.

Mucho thanks to anyone who has a bit of info to share.

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Not this Bauhaus, the other one….

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2 responses to “Pre-Bauhaus Europe

  1. The concept of “Bauhaus” was dismissed by the Nazis because it was regarded as an anaesthetic expression alien to German volkish tradition. It’s art form and more so its architect designs by Walter Gropius evoked a storm of disgust. Bauhaus diverted from Nordic mythology, and disregarded the collective spirit of the German people. The intellectual representatives of this more international and super modern experiment of Bauhaus found not approval by the more unsophisticated people, who were accustomed to Baroque style and uniformed city designs. The breakaway from traditional sentimental approaches in arts and design was stigmatised by the Nazis as “degenerated, revolting and imposing”, a critic, which found strong support throughout the nation. Unfortunately, the founding of Bauhaus coincide at the same time with the founding of the Frankfurt School, which founders were Marxists and Jews and who’s propagation stood in violent opposition with Nazi ideology. The suspicion towards anything foreign during the Weimar period was regarded noxious and therefore oppressed. As a consequence, most members of Bauhaus and Frankfurt School left the country in 1933, only to return after the war to start unmolested, where they had left.
    Both Bauhaus and Frankfurt School represent international ideologies and have no volkish-patriotic concepts. Both their concept proclaims:
    “Do as you like”, a diversion from conventional thinking to current global embrace.

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