Gesamtkunstwerk, Gestaltung and the Bauhaus Stage

Trimingham, Melissa (2016) Gesamtkunstwerk, Gestaltung and the Bauhaus Stage. In: Menninger, Margaret and Imhoof, David and Steinhoff, Anthony, eds. The Total Work of Art : Foundatio, Articulations, Inspirations. Spektrum: Publications of the German Studies Association . Berghahn Books, New York and Oxford, 95 to 114. ISBN 9781785331848. E-ISBN 9781785331855. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This chapter argues that understanding how the notion of Gesamtkunstwerk or “total work of art” played out in the Bauhaus and especially on Oskar Schlemmer’s stage requires a radical recasting of the idea of Einheit or unity in the work of art. This arises from the deeply changed circumstances of art and aesthetics between late nineteenth century Bayreuth and the Weimar of 1918. We need to recognize, as Nicholas Vazsonyi does in this volume, that the idea of Einheit originates in late eighteenth and early nineteenth Romantic thought. Seen in this way, both Wagner and the Bauhaus are embodied manifestations, peculiar to their time, of what is essentially the same impulse.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: Unified work of art,total art work, Bauhaus stage, Oskar Schlemmer
Subjects: D History General and Old World
D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D901 Europe (General)
D History General and Old World > DD Germany
N Fine Arts
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > Drama and Theatre
Depositing User: Melissa Trimingham
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2016 15:46 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2016 17:06 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/59263 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Trimingham, Melissa: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2176-9655
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