Craft Becomes Modern

The Bauhaus in the Making

With all the hammering, planing, sawing, and weaving, the workshops at the Bauhaus Dessau must have been quite loud and dusty. This publication looks at the Bauhaus from the perspective of handcraft — no term was more fiercely disputed there.

The workshops were transit spaces: between factory and craft business, between free experiments and industrial contract work. From this field of tension, the Bauhaus tried to define handcraft a new as a utopia, but also in coexistence with industrial culture.

Contemporary design theorists and practitioners position themselves regarding how current these debates once again are today and provide new insights for understanding handcraft in the 21st century.

Celebrating the work of iconic figures from the Bauhaus era including Walter GropiusMarcel BreuerJosef AlbersLászló Moholy-Nagy, and Naum Gabo.

In it’s summary, the catalogue also features interviews with, and the work of various contemporary designers who have been inspired by the Bauhaus ethos – including the Turner Prize-winning collective Assemble, Natsai Audrey Chieza, and Opendesk.

This catalogue is produced as part of a series of special exhibitions at Bauhaus Dessau Foundation in the build-up to the Bauhaus Centenary 2019.

Published on the occasion of the exhibition, Craft Becomes Modern: The Bauhaus in the Making at Stiftung Bauhaus Dessau, 13 April 2017 – 7 January 2018.

English edition.

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