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The Bauhaus Idea and Bauhaus Politics

Éva Forgács

Chapter 7. Time

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'THE development of art is a thing of slow growth. It requires time and plenty of it. It cannot be forced. What would have become of me with insufficient time to struggle through my problems? … I found Gropius open to discussion. Only he wants to see quick results. For him, "It takes too long. It takes too long.'"1 Lyonel Feininger, in this letter from the summer of 1919, touched on a key motif. Gropius was forced into a race against time, as he well knew he would be, even before the founding of the Bauhaus: when an institution is run by outside money, the investors want returns in the shortest possible time. When in the summer of 1919 he recommended that 'for the time being we shall refrain from public exhibitions … so that, in these turbulent times, we can collect our thoughts', he was fully aware that this would be very difficult; there would not be enough time for what was most needed, the organic development of inner life and the creative process.

One facet of the conflict betwe...

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