The Theater of the Bauhaus

By Oskar Schlemmer

Few artistic activities were extra influential than the Bauhaus, less than the management of Walter Gropius. The paintings of the theater commanded certain realization. The textual content during this quantity is a free number of essays by way of Oskar Schlemmer, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, and Farkas Molnár (who in an illustrated essay stocks his imaginative and prescient of a complete theatre space), with an advent via Bauhaus chief Walter Gropius. initially released in German in 1924, Die Bühne im Bauhaus was once translated by way of A. S. Wensinger and released via Wesleyan in 1961. It used to be ready with the entire cooperation of Walter Gropius and his advent used to be written especially for this edition.

From Bauhaus experiments there emerged a brand new aesthetic of level layout and presentation, a brand new proposal of “total theater.” Its rules and practices, innovative of their time and much prior to all however the such a lot experimental stagecraft this present day, have been mostly the paintings of Oskar Schlemmer, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, and their scholars. Profusely illustrated and startling in its typography (the paintings of Moholy-Nagy), the 1924 quantity fast grew to become a collector’s merchandise and is now nearly unobtainable. these drawn to the degree, the trendy visible arts, or within the daring steps of the boys of genius who broadened the horizons of aesthetic event will delight in that this translation is accessible back.

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