Gerda Breuer about the Bauhaus & Industry: “Myth Machine”


With the 1923 slogan “Art and technology – a new unity”, Walter Gropius formulated the programmatic direction of the Bauhaus. Yet it rarely gets questioned whether the designs of Bauhaus members were truly oriented to the advanced industrial mass production of the era. Was there a sufficient understanding of the individual branches of industry and the latest conditions of industrial factory production? And were the workshops truly equipped for prototypes of industrial mass production? The art and design historian Gerda Breuer probes the mythical image that the Bauhaus had of industry (free admission, 11 February 2016, 6 pm, Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein).

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