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The Bauhaus Idea and Bauhaus Politics

Éva Forgács

Chapter 5. Weimar

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THE TOWNSFOLK of Weimar were weary and frustrated in the autumn of 1919, when it became all too apparent that the new director of the renamed art school was not going to steer the Bauhaus in the spirit of Goethe and Schiller - or even according to the norms expected by Professor Max Thedy. Weimar's burghers did not count themselves among those who were impelled by the upheavals of the war towards creating a new life and a new world. On the contrary, their chief interest lay in restoring the way things used to be, restoring law and order. The Constitutional Assembly, convened in Weimar, had increased tensions to breaking-point: the town was surrounded by federal military units, Reichswehrtruppen and Prussian security police deployed to protect the National Assembly, pushing the population, already pressed by postwar shortages, to the brink of starvation. Some of the troops quartered with families were still in town as late as January 1920.

Gropius's June 1919 address had made it clear...

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