• The Bauhaus Centenary (10, 17, 24/1/20)

    It is a hundred years since one of the grandfathers of modernism, Walter Gropius, opened the original Staaliche Bauhaus school in Weimar! And with exhibitions and events going on around the world, we thought it only right we too should end the celebrations with some talks on this famous movement by 20TH Century design historian Susan Holder.


    From its founding in 1919 by Walter Gropius in Weimar and its subsequent closure just 14 years later in 1933, the Bauhaus theories, practices and ideas spread out across the world through the designers, artists and architects who taught at the school including artists Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, typographer Herbert Bayer, star architect Mies van der Rohe. It birthed a generation of acclaimed alumni across a range of design disciplines including the inventor of the now classic stainless steel chair Marcel Breuer, textile artist Anni Albers (who has recently had a major exhibition at the Tate), metal worker Marianne Brandt and is responsible for many of the design masterpieces that are still on sale and desirable today.


    Why has this particular art school generated so many celebratory exhibitions, books and articles this year, what did it teach and what makes it so special and should we be celebrating?


    Please join Susan on 10th, 17th and 24th January at 11-12 am


    10/1/20 The Bauhaus Beginnings 1919 – 1922

    In this first session we will consider what was the Bauhaus, the background to why it was established in Weimar by Walter Gropius in 1919, who were the teachers and what did they teach on the Basic Course and in the Workshops.


    17/1/20  Bauhaus – The Golden Days 1923 – 1928

    In this session we will look at the evolution of the Bauhaus and its most famous and productive phase with its focus on a more rational and industrial training in the workshops; the appointment of new Masters, its star students, the female students, the move in 1925 to a magnificent new purpose built school building in Dessau and the transformation of the school. We will however, concentrate on the most well-known achievements of the Bauhaus – its exhibitions, products, publications, houses and buildings as well as its infamous parties!


    24/1/20 Bauhaus – The Demise and its Legacy 1928 – 1933

    In the last session we will consider how the school and its curriculum changed direction with the appointment of the two very different new directors, Hannes Meyer and Mies van der Rohe, and how this radical experiment in design education was chased away and eventually closed down as a result of political pressure. We will explore how this dramatic ending for the 14 year old Bauhaus school, aimed at silencing it for good, in fact led to its teachings, ideas and philosophies being spread around the world. We will look in more detail at the school’s legacy and how, and where, we can see its influence in our lives today.


    Fridays 11.00-12.00

    Whittaker Suite

    Old Town Hall

    Whittaker Avenue

    Richmond TW9 1TP


    £12 per lecture (Please book the number of tickets you would like to buy, and specify the dates separatedly)


    delivered by Susan Holder