The Bauhaus and the TV/Movie: “Lotte at the Bauhaus”

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The Bauhaus signet

The three Bauhaus schools
Bauhaus University Weimar 03.JPG

Bauhaus building in Weimar
Bauhaus Dessau.jpg

Bauhaus building in Dessau
Gedenktafel Birkbuschstr 49 (Lankw) Bauhaus Berlin.jpg

Memorial plate, Bauhaus Berlin

Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus

Typography by Herbert Bayerabove the entrance to the workshop block of the Bauhaus, Dessau, 2005

The Staatliches Bauhaus (German: [ˈʃtaːtlɪçəs ˈbaʊˌhaʊs] (About this soundlisten)), commonly known as the Bauhaus, was a German art schooloperational from 1919 to 1933 that combined crafts and the fine arts, and was famous for the approach to design that it publicized and taught.[1]

“The Bauhaus was founded by Walter Gropius in Weimar. The German term Bauhaus—literally “building house”—was understood as meaning “School of Building”, but in spite of its name and the fact that its founder was an architect, the Bauhaus did not have an architecture department during its first years of existence. Nonetheless, it was founded with the idea of creating a “total” work of art (Gesamtkunstwerk) in which all arts, including architecture, would eventually be brought together. The Bauhaus style later became one of the most influential currents in modern design, Modernist architecture and art, design and architectural education.[2] The Bauhaus had a profound influence upon subsequent developments in art, architecture, graphic design, interior design, industrial design, and typography.[3]

The school existed in three German cities: Weimar from 1919 to 1925, Dessau from 1925 to 1932, and Berlin from 1932 to 1933, under three different architect-directors: Walter Gropiusfrom 1919 to 1928, Hannes Meyer from 1928 to 1930, and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe from 1930 until 1933, when the school was closed by its own leadership under pressure from the Nazi regime, having been painted as a centre of communist intellectualism. Although the school was closed, the staff continued to spread its idealistic precepts as they left Germany and emigrated all over the world.[4]

The changes of venue and leadership resulted in a constant shifting of focus, technique, instructors, and politics. For example, the pottery shop was discontinued when the school moved from Weimar to Dessau, even though it had been an important revenue source; when Mies van der Rohe took over the school in 1930, he transformed it into a private school, and would not allow any supporters of Hannes Meyer to attend it.”


The following TV/Movie was produced in Germany and the Czech Republic:

TV movie | 2018 | ARD [de]



“Weimar, 1921: The life of 20-year-old Lotte Brendel (Alicia von Rittberg) seems to have been charted by her father – as a wife and mother at the side of a man who is to take over the parental carpentry business. Against the will of her family, the idiosyncratic and artistically gifted Lotte joins a group of young artists, applies to the Bauhaus – and is accepted. The Weimar Bauhaus, under the direction of the visionary Walter Gropius (Jörg Hartmann), aspires not only to combine arts and crafts, but also to find the place for the “New Man”. In the Bauhauser Paul Seligmann (Noah Saavedra) Lotte finds a supporter and her great love. She gets the chance to graduate as a woman on an equal basis – guided by world-famous artists such as Johannes Itten (Christoph Letkowski), Lyonel Feininger, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Oskar Schlemmer. But the break with her family, which denies her any financial support and their desire for self-realization for a long time not accepted burden Lotte.Lotte and Paul try to live on an equal footing, but they are repeatedly put to the test by their environment, which affects the relationship of the artist couple. Over time, the Bauhaus is increasingly under political pressure from the right-wing conservative and nationalist forces, and even at the school there are voices that see the “German nature” threatened in art. Walter Gropius decides to move to Dessau with the Bauhaus. Paul and Lotte, who now have a daughter, follow the art school to the unknown city. The new life situation as well as the struggle for professional recognition determine their lives and cause violent conflicts. (ARD)”
I think this movie shows how difficult it is for women to all the time work on an equal basis with men!!

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