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In celebration of the 100th anniversary this year of the founding of Bauhaus, the Goethe-Institut is proud to present in association with the Bauhaus Archive in Berlin 100 key photographs from its vast collection.
The Bauhaus was one of the 20th century’s most important avant-garde architecture and design schools which had a significant impact on numerous fields from architecture, object and furniture design to lighting. The school was founded by architect Walter Gropius in Weimar in 1919 with a mandate to put architecture and design at the heart of its educational program. In accordance with its motto, “art and technology —a new unity,” the Bauhaus produced everyday items that were practical, durable, inexpensive and beautifully designed, aimed at meeting the needs of modern society. The school, which had relocated to Dessau in 1925 and Berlin in 1932, was finally closed in 1933 under pressure from the Nazis. Despite this short span of existence, the school’s influence was deep and widespread.