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Weimar ThoughtA Contested Legacy$
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Peter E. Gordon and John P. McCormick

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691135106

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691135106.001.0001

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The Politics of Art and Architecture at the Bauhaus, 1919–1933

The Politics of Art and Architecture at the Bauhaus, 1919–1933

(p.291) 14 The Politics of Art and Architecture at the Bauhaus, 1919–1933
Weimar Thought

John V. Maciuika

Princeton University Press

This chapter presents a wide-ranging survey of the politics and aesthetics of developments in interwar German architecture, with special attention to the key institution of Weimar architectural modernism, the Bauhaus. Artists at Walter Gropius's experimental Bauhaus school and in such diverse avant-garde art movements as Expressionism, Cubism, Dada, and Constructivism reflected a broad consensus that the pre-war empire had proved an absolute failure. The Kaiser, the government, the aristocracy, the military, big business, and the bourgeoisie were all seen as complicit in a corrupt system unable to cope with the many challenges of industrial modernity. Like a shifting kaleidoscope, artistic production during the Weimar era dazzled with unexpected forms, ever-shifting conceptual variety, and ideological diversity.

Keywords:   politics, aesthetics, Weimar Republic, interwar German architecture, architectural modernism, Bauhaus

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