2019 marks the centenary of the Bauhaus, an icon of modernism. Celebrated for the elegant austerity of its designs, the Bauhaus is among the most influential movements in the history of twentieth-century art, architecture, and design.
The MIT Press is one of the leading publishers of Bauhaus books and we proudly extend the legacy of the Bauhaus—from the foundational books that we have and will publish to our legendary colophon, a branding device created by Muriel Cooper that required no words and said exactly and only what it needed to say, without explanation or translation.
Throughout the anniversary year, events, exhibitions, and publications around the world will mark the significance and relevance of the Bauhaus experiment and we are delighted to join the festivities in several ways:
- We have curated a list of our Bauhaus books—past, present, and future—for those seeking authoritative, scholarly resources on the school and its continued relevance in the 21st century.
- We are offering the boxed hardcover edition of Bauhaus: Weimar, Dessau, Berlin, Chicago by Hans Wingler at a special price of $100 for the #Bauhaus100, a savings of more than 50%! This is widely recognized as the definitive guide to the Bauhaus School—from its origins in Weimar to its establishment in Dessau and Berlin to its eventual but short-lived appearance as the New Bauhaus in Chicago.
- We will publish Gyorgy Kepes: Undreaming the Bauhaus by John R. Blakinger in July. This book is the first book-length consideration of Kepes, an acolyte of Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and a self-style revolutionary artist. He pioneered interdisciplinary collaboration between the arts and sciences—what he termed “interthinking” and “interseeing.” This work is particularly poignant for us because of his extensive connections with MIT. He taught here from 1946 to 1974.
- Then in the fall, we will publish Elizabeth Otto’s Haunted Bauhaus: Occult Spirituality, Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities, and Radical Politics. Otto will add nuance to our understanding of Bauhaus as the archetypal movement of rational modernism by tracing the surprising trajectories of the school's engagement with occult spirituality, gender fluidity, queer identities, and radical politics. The Bauhaus, she shows us, is haunted by these untold stories.
- Also forthcoming is Bauhaus Futures by Laura Forlano, Molly Wright Steenson and Mike Ananny. Drawing on essays, photo-essays, interviews, manifestos, diagrams, and even a play, the authors explore the varied legacies, influences, and futures of the Bauhaus.
Follow along as we share content from our Bauhaus books and authors and support local Bauhaus events—including book readings at the MIT Press Bookstore with our authors (dates tba). We invite you to join us in celebrating #Bauhaus100.