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The Bauhaus Idea and Bauhaus Politics

Éva Forgács

Chapter 4. First Steps

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GROPIUS proceeded in a consistent manner to create the formal elements of a guild-like environment. In the 'Bauhaus Programme', a broadside issued at the same time as the Manifesto, he states that 'The school is the servant of the workshop, and will one day be absorbed in it. Therefore there will be no teachers or pupils in the Bauhaus but masters, journeymen and apprentices.'1 Gropius had refused the title of professor for himself; as he wrote in a letter: 'I have decided to refrain from indulging in these formal trappings which I consider outmoded.'2

The keynote document - the Programme - also specifies that students at the Bauhaus would have to pass a guild-like journeyman's examination in front of the Council of Masters, or invited masters, before attaining Mastery, and receiving the Bauhaus Diploma.

The activities of the fine arts academy, for the time being within the Bauhaus, continued to progress smoothly. However, the equipping and launching of the School of Applied Arts, whi...

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