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Of or relating to an early 20th-century modernist school of architecture and design noted for its use of rectilinear forms, plain unadorned surfaces, and techniques and materials associated with industrial production.

[German, an architecture school founded by Walter Gropius : Bau, construction, architecture (from Middle High German , building, from Old High German, from būan, to dwell, settle; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots) + Haus, house (from Middle High German hūs, from Old High German).]


a. a German school of architecture and applied arts founded in 1919 by Walter Gropius on experimental principles of functionalism and truth to materials. After being closed by the Nazis in 1933, its ideas were widely disseminated by its students and staff, including Kandinsky, Klee, Feininger, Moholy-Nagy, and Mies van der Rohe
b. (as modifier): Bauhaus wallpaper.
[C20: German, literally: building house]



1. a German school of design in existence from 1919 to 1933, established by Walter Gropius.
2. of or pertaining to the styles developed at the Bauhaus, marked by an emphasis on functional design.
[< German, =Bau- build, building + Haus house]


A German school of architecture and design 1919–33. Founded by the architect Walter Gropius, it epitomized the marriage of modern design, mass production, industrial design, and a Teutonic romantic approach to abstract art. Alfred Arndt (b. 1898) led the furniture workshop.
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This volume traces the history the Bauhaus school of art and design, founded in 1919, within its socio-historical context.
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This year marks the centenary of the founding of the Bauhaus, and Germany is going all out for the celebrations, with major exhibitions and new museums (see Apollo, April 2019).
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Friday marks the 100anniversary of the Bauhaus, a legendary school of art, architecture and modern design founded by architect Walter Gropius in Weimar, Germany.
The Bauhaus Open House exhibitions opened last week celebrating 100 years of Bauhaus but there's plenty more related events to follow in the coming week as the Goethe-Institut Cyprus teams up with a number of other local organisations to complete this series of events.
Touring the globe (Buenos Aires, Mexico City, Elmhurst and Karlsruhe), this exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus, the legendary German school that revolutionized modern thinking and artistic approaches to industrialization.
The project is to mark 100 years of the Bauhaus art school - a German design movement started in 1919.