The Getty Center
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2012
Time: 7:30–8:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium
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Today Bauhaus is largely regarded as a stylistic category. The term Bauhaus is used to describe the rational white villas and the no-frills products, pictures, and photographs created between 1919 and 1933. These works are considered modern classics that belong in museums.

What if we reconsider Bauhaus and view it not as a formal category or a historicized style, but rather structurally, as an approach which involves collective living and treating design as a particular means for reflecting on questions and forms in the present? How does our understanding of the contemporary relevance of Bauhaus change when we view their work from this perspective, and which projects, forms, and objects from Bauhaus reveal this relevance? How can Bauhaus be an approach for the present?

Niklas Maak, art and architecture critic and editor at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, reconsiders Bauhaus culture. He studied art history, philosophy, and architecture in Hamburg and Paris, and is author of Le Corbusier: The Architect on the Beach.

Complements the exhibition Lyonel Feininger Photographs 1928–1939.


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