Beautiful Bauhaus Art

3,900 Pages of Paul Klee’s personal notebooks (1921-1931) are online. I love his art and thoughts on color and really enjoy his works. Klee taught at the Bauhaus in Weimar from 1921 to 1926 and in Dessau from 1926 to 1931. During his tenure, he was in close contact with other Bauhaus masters such as Kandinsky and Lyonel Feininger.

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Beautiful Bauhaus

Most people attribute Germany’s Bauhaus
school, founded by Walter Gropius,with being
all about minimalist design, paring down
architecture to its most non-essential elements
whilst being beautiful at the same time.
What is overlooked is the fantastical costume
parties of the 1920s. Not only were they good
at designing furniture and everything else in
between, their costumes were just as sculptural
and flamboyant. The Bauhaus shindigs were
outright competitive. Imagine dancing around
in one of these with Wassily Kandinsky,
Paul Klee, Piet Mondrian, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy,
Mies van der Rohe and Marcel Breuer.

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Bauhaus costumes by Oskar Schlemmer (1925)
Photos by Karl Grill via The Charnel-House

The parties began as improvisational events,
but later grew into large-scale productions
with costumes and sets made by the school’s
stage workshop. There was often a theme to
the evenings. One party was called Beard, Nose,
and Heart, and attendees were instructed t
show up in clothing that was two-thirds white,
and one-third spotted, checked or striped.
However, it’s generally agreed that the
apotheosis of the Bauhaus’ costumed revelry
was the Metal Party of 1929, where guests
donned costumes made from tin foil, frying
pans, and spoons. Attendees entered that
party by sliding down a chute into one of
several rooms filled with silver balls.

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Bauhaus costumes by Oskar Schlemmer (1925)
Photos by Karl Grill via The Charnel-House

 

 

Beautiful Design

BBC News – Designs of the Year: 76 eye-catching creations
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26648326

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The Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain, known
as the 
FRAC, is brainchild of architecture duo,
Jakob + MacFarlane.
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26648326

Beautiful Graphic Design

Systems
An international group of graphic designers respond
to the systematicity of Braun Design. Systems is an
exhibition of commissioned poster designs and ‘60s
Braun products. Braun gets graphic in this new series
of commissioned poster designs and ’60s Braun products
in its Systems exhibition. Thirty-four leading graphic
designers and studios were invited to produce a poster
design on the theme of Braun systems design.

From repetition and development to nostalgia and critique,
the response this project received is quite amazing and
offers just a snapshot of the international graphic design scene.

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