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Talks and lectures

RIBA Book Club: Migrating Bauhaus

This Bauhaus themed edition of the RIBA Book Club will focus on the effect of the displacement of individuals representing the Bauhaus and their ideas.

Renowned architectural historian Alan Powers, author of the newly published Bauhaus Goes West: Modern Art and Design in Britain and America, will describe the journey taken by ‘Bauhaus’ protagonists from Germany to Britain and America during the 1930s and their influence. Valeria Carullo, RIBA Curator of Photographs and co-curator of Beyond Bauhaus will talk about the specific experience that artist and photographer Moholy-Nagy had living in Britain in the mid-1930s, as explored in her book Moholy-Nagy in Britain 1935-1937.

The closure of the Bauhaus School in Nazi Germany in 1933 prompted the flight of its main proponents across Europe to Britain and America. It was a departure triggered by political necessity, but led to a rich cultural exchange of Modernist ideas. Significant émigrés included Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and László Moholy-Nagy.

This year’s centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus has kicked off a wholescale reappraisal of the school and its teachers through a raft of new publications and exhibitions. At the RIBA, the Beyond Bauhaus exhibition (1 October 2019 to 1 February 2020) highlights the impact of the Bauhaus on the development of Modernism in 20th-century Britain.

As an attendee of this event you will be able to purchase:

Bauhaus Goes West: Modern Art and Design in Britain and America, Alan Powers, Thames & Hudson
RRP £24.95
Event price £20

Moholy-Nagy in Britain 1935-1937, Valeria Carullo, Lund Humphries
RRP £29.95
Event price £25

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