Bauhaus and Modernism

The Bauhaus celebrates its centenary in 2019. Its founder, Walter Gropius, was able to attract international avant garde artists, such as Lyonel Feininger, Johannes Itten, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and László Moholy-Nagy, to Weimar. Today, you can still see buildings belonging to the most famous workshop of the classical Modernist era, which were built to designs by Belgian architect and designer Henry van de Velde. Bauhaus architecture can also be found in many locations in Erfurt, Apolda and Gera. Even in Suhl in southern Thuringia, there is a striking legacy from this era – the present-day Modehaus (fashion house), designed in 1928 by Bauhaus student Karl Otto in the New Objectivity style. Gropius had Auerbach House built in Jena, the first private residence in the style. The Bauhaus’s Modernist principles reach into all fields of art and craft. Wilhelm Wagenfeld’s tea service, for example, which is made from heatproof glass, is still produced today and has long been considered a design classic.

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