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The Bauhaus Idea and Bauhaus Politics

Éva Forgács

Chapter 8. New Faces

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THE unfavourable responses to the exhibitions of 1922, and their hostile reception in Weimar, again strained the by now almost peaceful relations between the Bauhaus and the town. The upkeep of the school, because of financial and political considerations, continued to depend on legislative decisions, and there were many who were eager to influence these. Dr Beyer, the legal counsellor and financial director, second in command at the Bauhaus, Carl Schlemmer (Oskar Schlemmer's brother, and craft master of the wall-painting workshop), and Josef Zachmann, the craft master of the cabinet-making shop and Gropius's close associate, began a campaign of rumours and accusations regarding Gropius's private life and the practices of his architectural office. Meanwhile Dr Beyer negotiated with the government about hiring a new bookkeeper, without consulting Gropius. Gropius took the entire affair, including all the charges made against him, to be aired in front of the Bauhaus Masters' Council, ...

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