The Vitality of the Bauhaus, One-Hundred Years after its Birth
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This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the Bauhaus, one of the most influential schools of architecture, art and design of the XX Century, founded in 1919 in the Weimar Republic by architect Walter Gropius. Despite the school’s short-lived existence, closed, in fact, in 1933 because it ran afoul of Germany’s Nazi Party, it generated theories and ideas that were spread globally through the teachings of the architects that taught there and the students that studied there, many of whom were forced to leave Germany. Museums and galleries around the world are hosting celebrations and conferences to mark the occasion. In Dubai, the Jean Paul Najar Foundation pays homage to this modernist movement with an exhibition entitled Building Bauhaus. Objects of design, photos, drawings, textiles and archival materials highlight the pioneering force of the Bauhaus. The first section is dedicated to its revolutionary teaching model and to the numerous women who both taught and learned there in an era where women had far less opportunities to do such things. The second concentrates on various objects that exemplify the founding principles of the school, focusing particularly on one of the Bauhaus’ stars, Hungarian architect and designer Marcel Breuer. The third sheds light on the influence that the movement had, and continues to have, on the Middle East. In fact, the home of the Jean Paul Najar Foundation was designed in 2015 by architect Mario Jossa, who joined Marcel Breuer’s studio in 1964.