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27 February 2020The Bauhaus
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The Bauhaus Andrew Spira Thursday 27 February 2020

Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019, the Bauhaus was the most innovative and influential school of design in the 20th Century.  Founded on a belief in the transformative potential of industrial design, it combined avant-garde ideas about abstract art with a thoroughly conscientious approach to social reform, mass production and the built environment. Paradoxically it was the Nazis' attempts to obliterate the school in 1933 that led to the dispersal of its teachers and students to the four corners of the world, taking its values and techniques with them...