The Bauhaus Movement
The Bauhaus Movement (new)
THCC Thursdays 1400-1600 (2 sessions: 5th Jul, 12th Jul)
Convener: Karl Waffel
1919 Walter Gropius founded the Bauhaus school in Weimar. It offered workshops devoted to handcraft, fine arts and architecture, using new educational methods. Craft orientated at first, a shift in approach to industrial design then took place. Hannes Meyer, who took over as Director in 1928, went further in producing standardised products, affordable for “the masses”. We will look at details on July 5th. The European Modern Movement and the Bauhaus school influenced modern architecture in pre-State Palestine. 4,000 buildings in Tel Aviv form the “White City”. Bauhaus students like Chanan Frenkel were leading in the urban development and were pioneers of the collectives of the country. Artists like Ricarda Schwerin documented this architecture. We will look at this on July 12th. The upcoming centenary events in 2019 raise the question as to why we still talk about a school that was only able to operate for 14 years. With your help we will try to answer this question. Members interested in making presentations should please contact the convener.
Karl is a retired German industrial lawyer, now based in Eastbourne and Freiburg. His interest in the Bauhaus movement was initiated when visiting “Fagus“, a factory still producing shoe-lasts in a Bauhaus “UNESCO World Heritage” site. This was intensified up when taking part in some of the U3A’s past lectures on the Weimar period. Visits to Weimar, to Dessau, Bauhaus in Berlin and Stuttgart, to Ein Harod and Tel Aviv have led to a broader picture of the subject.