By Oskar Schlemmer

Few inventive events were extra influential than the Bauhaus, less than the management of Walter Gropius. The paintings of the theater commanded precise cognizance. The textual content during this quantity is a free choice of essays via Oskar Schlemmer, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, and Farkas Molnár (who in an illustrated essay stocks his imaginative and prescient of a complete theatre space), with an creation through Bauhaus chief Walter Gropius. initially released in German in 1924, Die Bühne im Bauhaus was once translated by means of A. S. Wensinger and released through Wesleyan in 1961. It was once ready with the entire cooperation of Walter Gropius and his creation was once written in particular for this edition.

From Bauhaus experiments there emerged a brand new aesthetic of level layout and presentation, a brand new notion of “total theater.” Its rules and practices, progressive of their time and much ahead of all however the such a lot experimental stagecraft this present day, have been mostly the paintings of Oskar Schlemmer, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, and their scholars. Profusely illustrated and startling in its typography (the paintings of Moholy-Nagy), the 1924 quantity quick turned a collector’s merchandise and is now almost unobtainable. these drawn to the level, the fashionable visible arts, or within the daring steps of the lads of genius who broadened the horizons of aesthetic adventure will relish that this translation is out there back.

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