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Looking beyond the Bauhaus: Bauhaus Goes West

28 February 2019

£5 – £12

Donnersberger Strasse in the Niederrad Siedlung

The Gallery, 70 Cowcross St, London

Speaker: Alan Powers

After the closure of the Bauhaus in 1933, its influence spread by reputation and through the migration of some of its chief figures to Britain and the USA. In his new book, Bauhaus Goes West (Thames and Hudson, 2019), Alan has assessed the real impact of this much-mythologised episode, and way that conceptions of the Bauhaus were both idolised and demonised in the years that followed.

Talk starts at 6.30pm


Looking beyond the Bauhaus: Modernism sans frontières

In 2019, the centenary of the Bauhaus is a major event with many exhibitions and publications. Yet this seems likely to add to the large existing pile of information based on only a small part of the actual achievements and aspirations of Modernism during the period of its existence. In Looking beyond the Bauhaus, the Twentieth Century Society looks more widely with the help of experts in a number of fields, to offer an exciting but more broadly-based account in which the Bauhaus can be seen in its contemporary context.

The series is led by Alan Powers and Elain Harwood


7 February: Wolfgang Voigt, former Deputy Director of the German Architecture Museum (DAM), Frankfurt The New Frankfurt

14 February: Speaker: Ita Heinze-Greenburg, Professor at ETH, Zurich The European Academy of the Mediterranean

21 February: Kathleen James-Chakraborty, Professor at University College, Dublin Reform not Revolution: German Church Architecture 1919-1968

28 February: Alan Powers, London School of Architecture Bauhaus Goes West

7 March: Rachel Rose Smith,Tate Britain Optimism and aging: Constructive art and thought in London and St Ives 1935–45

14 March: Monica Bohm-Duchen Accents in Art: Émigré Artists in Britain after 1933


Talks are at 6.30pm every Tuesday from 7 February – 14 March and can be booked individually or as a season ticket.

Season ticket: £40 members/£60 non members/£25 students


28 February 2019
£5 – £12
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