The Bauhaus Archiv Museum of Design in Berlin holds the most important collection on the Bauhaus today. Documents, workshop products from all areas of design, studies, sketches in the classroom, and architectural plans and models are all part of its comprehensive inventory. The Bauhaus Archiv is dedicated to the study and presentation of the history of the Bauhaus, includi...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Taschen
(first published 1994)
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A comprehensive overview of Bauhaus architecture and the environment in which the movement began. Magdalena Droste traces the movement in art and architecture via the work of its most important proponents: Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, Vassily Kandinsky, and Paul Klee. Readers interested in architecture and art from the early twentieth century would would find the so-called "Russian Bauhaus," Vkhutemas, intriguing as well.
The photographs were the only interesting thing about this book. I felt that there was no flow and the translation was pretty bad. I had to read this for my German Culture in the Wiemar Republic class and there is no other reason to read this unless its for class.
Having read this book alongside other histories of the Bauhaus, I felt that this book managed to be very complete in its historical oversight while still being concise. The pictures are also wonderful, and the price is great!