Film: Bauhaus Spirit: 100 Years of Bauhaus

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Walter Gropius’ Bauhaus with this lively and wide-ranging exploration of the movement uniting modern design, art, architecture and performing arts with communal social living to form an academic discipline and utopian way of life.

Combining free imagination and play with strict structure, Bauhaus’ members included Anni Albers, Marcel Breuer, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, László Moholy- Nagy, Oskar Schlemmer and more. The most comprehensive film on its subject to date, Bauhaus Spirit explores this influential 20th-century movement’s history, legacy, and continued relevance in an age where function and environmental sustainability have taken on new urgency.

The film will begin promptly at 6:15pm with a 90-minute run time. Please arrive on time. View the trailer here.

Directed by: Niels Bolbrinker and Thomas Tielsch

Produced by: ZDF and ARTE

Released by: Icarus Films

At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify influential Bauhaus contributions to everyday 20th-century culture and designs;
  • Explain and describe ways the Bauhaus concerned itself with the political and social connotations of design after World War I;
  • Explore Bauhaus as a statement, failure, and renewal of social utopia from the early 20th century to the modern day; and
  • Define the relevance of Bauhaus today through the ongoing work of artists, scientists, and architects.