The Bauhaus Building in Dessau 1932

About Bauhaus

The Bauhaus was an interdisciplinary art school founded by a German Walter Gropius in 1919. The name Bauhaus translates to “Building House”. The Bauhaus is identified with functionalism, with an emphasis on industrial aesthetic for mass production.

The Bauhaus opened its doors in 1919 in the city of Weimar, Germany, the heartbeat of culture and politics and lasted from 1919–1933. It was a time of great social and political struggle. Nazism flourished, communists struggled with socialists, and the world was on the brink of the Great Depression. In a time of despair, the Bauhaus offered a gleam of hope.

Much of 20th Century architecture and design in America has its roots in the revolutionary movement of the Bauhaus movement. Many consider the Bauhaus the greatest Design Institution of the 20th Century.