The collector is the true resident of the interior. The collector dreams his way not only into a distant or bygone world but also into a better one.
- Walter Benjamin
The Bauhaus is a legend of arts education. Originally founded in Weimar, Germany, in 1919, the school served as the training ground for numerous arts and creative professionals both within Germany and internationally, until being closed by the National Socialists in 1933. The school hosted many of the top creative professionals of its day, including Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Wassily Kandinsky, Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, Oskar Schlemmer, and many others. The Bauhaus was very prolific in its output, building several buildings including its own complex in Dessau, the Dessau-Törten Housing Estate, and the School of the German General Trades Union in Bernau, photos of which you can see above. The school was extremely influential, spawning the "Bauhaus Style," which became another name for German Modernism. For more information on movements that the Bauhaus influenced, see my pages on German Modernist Architecture, German Modernist interiors, the Pressa Exhibition, Weissenhof Housing Estate, German Expressionist architecture, Czech and Slovak functionalism, Functionalism in Brno, and others.