Cover art for Original Bauhaus: Catalogue
Prestel Verlag, November 2019
Hardcover, 240 pages
30cm × 24cm

Original Bauhaus: Catalogue

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One hundred years after the founding of the Bauhaus school, this book takes a deeper look at some of this design movement's most recognisable objects. The Bauhaus existed for only 14 years in Germany, but for the past 100 years its ideas have been passed on and its products relaunched, imitated, and further developed.

Using 14 famous, familiar, or forgotten objects, this book offers 14 case studies. It examines questions such as how did the woman sitting on the tubular-steel chair become the most famous anonymous figure from the Bauhaus; whether the Haus am Horn in Weimar has a secret twin; and why the tea infusers by Marianne Brandt which were created as prototypes for industrial production always remained one-of-a-kind pieces. This book presents art and design from the Bauhaus-Archiv's collection, along with exceptional loans from international collections. It sheds light on how unique work and series, remake and original are inseparably linked in the history of the Bauhaus. This is because Bauhaus artists did not see art and technology as opposed to each other. Instead, they used technical innovations to create exceptional works of art, and they took serial production into account from the moment they began drafting their designs. Reproductions, re-editions, and remakes have made the Bauhaus the 20th century's most influential school of architecture, design, and art, and this book offers a new take on the Bauhaus legacy. AUTHOR: Nina Wiedemeyer is Curator of the centenary exhibition original bauhaus. SELLING POINTS: This book looks in depth at 14 different iconic Bauhaus objects, why they were important, and how they are influencing art and design today. The Bauhaus School is one of the most influential art schools of the 20th century. 2019 is the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus so there may be some extra press and attention. The artists and designers in this book are famous and include Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, and Marcel Breuer. 160 colour illustrations

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