Bauhaus Case Study

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The Bauhaus School of Design and Architecture
The year was 1919. World War I had just ended, and new beginnings were arising. Day –to-day life no longer revolved around the fear of the outcome of World War I. The German youth began to see potential in this at the same time that architect Walter Gropius decided to make a huge decision. After some struggle to break stereotypes, he opened a school, called Bauhaus. With its three locations in Germany, the Bauhaus School of Design was able to produce modern art, train diverse artists, and push the limits. Just as Viennese artists did in the late 1800s, Walter Gropius and several other Germans pulled away from the national art guilds and began to compete with each other to see who could form the best group with the least bourgeoisie views and works. This type of group was called a compound, and more specifically, the Bauhaus. In the beginning, there was no plan to become a school. It was simply a group of architects including Bruno Taut, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and J.J.P. Oud who were together aiding in Gropius’ attempt to create art that in no way, shape, or form met the standards of the middle to upper class (Wolfe 13-17). In the same year, Gropius was asked to combine the fine arts schools of Weimar with his own talents to form a school. In one of his manifestos, Gropius wrote, “The art of schools of old were incapable of producing this unity –and how could they, for art may not be taught.” Under the same name of
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