Beds & Herts Area
Day of Special Interest
on Friday 13th March 2020
10.00 am for 10.30 am start until approx 3.15 pm
The Abbey Theatre,
Westminster Lodge, Holywell Hill, St Albans. AL1 22DL
Refreshments and lunch included.
A lecture to mark the centenary of the Bauhaus
Where did mixer taps and fitted kitchens come from? Angle-poise lamps and strip lighting? The answer is The Bauhaus. This is the story of Germany's most famous design school, bitterly attacked in its day during 1920s, but one which has had a profound effect on modern buildings and their interiors ever since.
The first session begins in Weimar with the founding of The Bauhaus in 1919. The aim was to design functional goods, which could be mass-produced, therefore were affordable and available to everyone. To lead the new trend in design, Gropius attracted leading painters from across Europe to teach at the Bauhaus.
The second session explains the Bauhaus’s move to the more appropriate industrial city of Dessau in 1925. We examine Gropius’ purpose-built buildings for the school, for himself, and for the masters’ houses. Changes in the school’s curriculum were made at Dessau, as well as a move away from craft-based design towards links with industry and machine production, exemplified by the development of its famous tubular steel furniture.
The third session considers the final years of the Bauhaus, under the directorship of the well-known architect Mies van der Rohe and its move to Berlin in 1932. When the Bauhaus closed a year later, many of the teachers and students involved either fled or were exiled by the Nazi regime. We will therefore consider the legacy of the key Bauhaus members after they left the School and how their work has had a major impact on art, architecture and design ever since.
Venue: The Abbey Theatre is half a mile south of St Albans city centre, at the foot of Holywell Hill. Follow the A5183 (from either direction) and look out for the brown traffic signs.
The Theatre is behind the leisure centre.
Parking there is plenty of parking but it is ‘pay and display’. A day ticket currently costs £5.40.
Blue Badge Parking: plenty of spaces can be found close to the Theatre.