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The Bauhaus Idea and Bauhaus Politics

Éva Forgács

Chapter 10. The New Unity

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THE EXHIBITION that took place between 15 August and 30 September 1923 (although the Bauhaus postcards printed for the occasion stated the date as July-September) signalled a new epoch, and not only in the history of the Bauhaus. It indicated quite accurately how far and in what direction Germany had moved away from the conditions of 1919, and what the eventual outcome of the basic Bauhaus idea might be. Schlemmer wrote in his diary of June 1923: 'The Bauhaus represented the first serious attempt at merging craftsmanship and academic work ... so, too, the Bauhaus was intended to be shaped not by a dictatorial administrative system with Insignificant "subdivisions", but rather by a multiplicity of minds and interests. Four years of the Bauhaus constitutes a chapter in art history. But also in the history of the times, for the Bauhaus mirrors the fragmentation of the German people and of the period.'1 For this very reason it is worthwhile to pause at this point to see what the various...

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