Google celebrates Bauhaus school's 100th anniversary

The largest number of buildings in the Bauhaus style are in Tel Aviv; UNESCO proclaimed the city a World Cultural Heritage site due to this architectural inheritance.

April 12, 2019 23:54
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Bâtiment Bauhaus à Tel-Aviv. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Google is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the influential German Bauhaus art school with an animated, colorful Doodle.

The Bauhaus School was founded in 1919 in Weimar, Germany, after German architect Walter Gropius took over and renamed the Grand-Ducal Saxon School of Arts and Crafts. lt operated for 15 years until it was shut down by the Nazi party. 

Gropius was driven by the idea of designing industrially produced objects as artwork, extending the reach of art to every person in every home. The Bauhaus movement, which grew out of the school's environment, had as its core practice the combination of fine art and functional design, and the use of art to create practical objects.

Bauhaus's revolutionary ideology attracted artists such as Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky, establishing the foundations of what became the 20th century most influential avant-garde art movement,one which had a major impact on art and architecture across the world.

Tel Aviv sports over 4,000 Bauhaus-style buildings, the largest number of such buildings in the world. UNESCO proclaimed the city a World Cultural Heritage site due to this unique architectural inheritance.

The city's Bauhaus buildings are the legacy of German Jewish architects who studied at the Weimar school, who immigrated to the British Mandate of Palestine following the rise of the Nazis.

“The social-cultural ideology behind the ‘Bauhaus Style’ fit like a glove to the socialist-Zionist movement and to the striving of this movement to create a new world,” Tel Aviv Bauhaus Center stated on its website. “White houses, in every sense—form, style, material, functionality, color—grew from the sands without a past, towards a future.”

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