The 2014 Frederic Lindley Morgan Lecture: Georg Leidenberger
The Bauhaus in Ruins. The Case of Modernist Architect Hannes Meyer in Post-war Europe (1949-1954)
Apr 02, 2014
from 03:30 pm to 04:30 pm
|Where||Gallery X • Schneider Hall|
|Contact Name||Renée K. Murphy|
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The reconstruction of European countries—destroyed physically by warbombardments and morally by fascism—bought to the fore the legacy of the modernist movement in architecture of the 1920s, represented by the German Bauhaus School. Hannes Meyer was director of the Bauhaus from 1929 to 1930, and from there was catapulted as far as Siberia in Stalin’s Soviet Union, and later to Mexico. Yet when returning to the ruins of post-War Europe, now divided by the Iron Curtain, he found that no one seemed to care for his vast expertise. This lecture will suggest that the case of Hannes Meyer is symptomatic of the fate of modernist architecture.