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The Bauhaus Idea and Bauhaus Politics

Éva Forgács

Chapter 6. Breathing Exercises

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FROM the outset the internal structure of the Bauhaus was hierarchic, the tip of the pyramid occupied by the person of the director, Gropius. He had the right to decide about any and all organizational, personal or educational matters, unless it was an issue to be deferred to parliament or outside authorities. His immediate right-hand associate was the legal counsellor, who also handled financial and administrative matters. The director presided over the Masters' Council consisting of the artist-instructors. According to Friedhelm Kröll,1 their order of precedence was determined by their artistic rank and reputation prior to their involvement with the Bauhaus. Kröll's opinion is confirmed both by subsequent events and also by Gropius's letter to Ernst Hardt, quoted earlier, in which he emphasized the necessity of attracting to Weimar well-known and important artists, 'even if, deep down, we cannot fully comprehend their innermost meaning at this time.' This strategy, aiming at the e...

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