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The affective Bauhaus 1919: 2019

Trimingham, Melissa (2019) The affective Bauhaus 1919: 2019. Theatre and Performance Design, 5 (1-2). pp. 6-21. ISSN 2332-2551. (doi:10.1080/23322551.2019.1606600) (KAR id:74590)

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Bauhaus artists László Moholy-Nagy and Oskar Schlemmer dominate the opening exhibition of the year-long celebration of ‘100 Years The Bauhaus’: ‘Licht. Schatten. Spuren’ (Light. Shadow. Traces) (Kunsthalle, Berlin, January 2019). The curators cite these artists as driving forces behind the contemporary visual art and performance pieces, many specially commissioned. This suggests that both artists demand a more nuanced appraisal 100 years on than they have hitherto enjoyed. Part 1 of this article re-evaluates the history of the Bauhaus ‘gestalt’ thinking in relation to creativity; part 2 asserts the absolute modernity of Bauhaus thinking within contemporary performance. The two artists’ work and ideas in every medium were so far ahead of their time that only now are their ideas able to be (if only partially) realised, exploited and developed to create a strong and affective art for the twenty-first century.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/23322551.2019.1606600
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Melissa Trimingham
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2019 10:25 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:05 UTC
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