As Walter Gropius said, Gropius himself said, “The Bauhaus does not pretend to be a crafts school; contact with industry is consciously sought…the old craft workshops will develop into industrial laboratories: from their experimentation will evolve standards for industrial production…The teaching of a craft is meant to prepare for designing for mass production.”
The Bauhaus movement has inspired all forms of arts, including our Fisheye Baby 110 Bauhaus edition! You might not notice it, but many of the things you see around you are probably Bauhaus-inspired. Here’s a couple of examples of how the Bauhaus movement influenced the many art forms we have.
Gropius founded the Bauhaus, which literally means building house, but according to the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, it stands for “an eagerness to experiment, openness, creativity, a close link to industrial practice and inter-nationality.” Although the Bauhaus Master Instructors (yes, they are called Master Instructors back then) had their own unique style, geometry and color are one of the many styles that stood out during the era. Kandinsky, for example, was well-known for his artworks that used geometric shapes, such as circles, squares, triangles, zig-zags, and blocks. Maybe some of you are familiar with his “Yellow Red Blue” piece.
Here are some geometry- and color-inspired photos made by our lomographers!
The Bauhaus concept also made a great impact in typography. The Bauhaus school is famous for its poster designs. Bright colors were used in harmony with geometric shapes (as usual). The typeset was bold so that the poster focused on effective visual communication. Text was not only placed vertical or horizontal, they were placed in various angles and even wrapped around objects. Take a look at an old poster the Bauhaus school made, and I’m sure that you’re seen this kind of design somewhere on an album cover or a movie poster.