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The National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art
East Building, Administrative and Study Center
Washington, DC
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How is it that an art school that was open for a mere 14 years—during which time it suffered chronic financial shortfalls, survived a turbulent political situation, claimed just 33 faculty members, and graduated only about 1,250 students—came to have such a lasting impression on modern design and art education? Yet despite these difficulties (and more), the Bauhaus did precisely that. Founded in Weimar, Germany, by architect Walter Gropius, the Bauhaus was one of the leading design schools in Europe, and its influence continued throughout the 20th century. This exhibition, drawn from the rare book collection of the National Gallery of Art Library, highlights the works published by the Bauhaus and illustrates how changes in its printing activities reflect the evolution of the school. On show: all 14 of the Bauhausbucher (Bauhaus books),exhibition catalogues, press materials, writings by members of the Bauhaus faculty (1919–1933) such as Lyonel Feininger, Walter Gropius, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy.