Summary of “Bauhaus at 100: the revolutionary movement’s enduring appeal”

The name has become an adjective as well as a noun – Bauhaus style, Bauhaus look.
The Bauhaus brand is consistent, coherent and universal.
Driven by the belief that a deep knowledge of technical skills was necessary for art to flourish, the Bauhaus taught metalworking, ceramics, textiles, photography, cabinetmaking, typography and theatre design as well as art and architecture.
The early Bauhaus was sometimes more like a forerunner of the Californian communes of the 1960s than a laboratory for an industrial future.
Between them, Bauhaus architects determined the look of commercial and cultural America in the years after the war.
Wherever Bauhaus ideas go, the objections of the burghers of Weimar have often followed.
“Every child,” lamented Tom Wolfe in From Bauhaus to Our House of 1981, “Goes to school in a building that looks like a duplicating-machine replacement-parts wholesale distribution warehouse”.
Now on its 100th birthday it should be possible to see the Bauhaus not as a threat to civilisation, nor as the manifesto of a single vision of modern life, but as a place of abundant creative energy and technical skill.

The orginal article.