The year 1919 saw the founding of the legendary Bauhaus school in Weimar. This richly illustrated book, which accompanies the historic opening of the new Bauhaus Museum Weimar, showcases iconic objects from the museum’s collection—the oldest such collection in the world—and offers essential context for understanding the truth behind the myth of the Bauhaus.
The entries in this volume discuss core concepts of the period, such as the New Man and the design of everyday life. Throughout, the reader finds echoes of a simple question, one that is as pressing today as when the first members of the school posed it: “How do we want to live?” Importantly, the ideals of the Bauhaus school are discussed here with an eye to their current global relevance. In addition, the book traces the history of the Bauhaus Museum Weimar itself, opening a valuable new chapter in the story of one of the most influential movements of the twentieth century.
About the Author
Ulrike Bestgen is the director of the Bauhaus Museum Weimar. Ute Ackermann is a research assistant at the Bauhaus Museum Weimar.