Google Celebrates the Bauhaus School’s 100th Anniversary with an Animated Doodle

Google has com­mem­o­rat­ed the 100th anniver­sary of the birth of the Bauhaus school with a nice ani­mat­ed doo­dle. They write:

Both a school for the arts and a school of thought, the Bauhaus was found­ed by archi­tect Wal­ter Gropius exact­ly 100 years ago in Weimar, Ger­many, gath­er­ing many of Europe’s most bril­liant artists and design­ers with the aim of train­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of cre­atives to rein­vent the world. Today’s ani­mat­ed Doo­dle cel­e­brates the lega­cy of this insti­tu­tion and the world­wide move­ment it began, which trans­formed the arts by apply­ing the prin­ci­ple “form fol­lows func­tion.”

Gropius envi­sioned the Bauhaus—whose name means “house of building”—as a merg­er of crafts­man­ship, the “fine” arts, and mod­ern tech­nol­o­gy. His icon­ic Bauhaus Build­ing in Dessau was a fore­run­ner of the influ­en­tial “Inter­na­tion­al Style,” but the impact of the Bauhaus’s ideas and prac­tices reached far beyond archi­tec­ture. Stu­dents of the Bauhaus received inter­dis­ci­pli­nary instruc­tion in car­pen­try, met­al, pot­tery, stained glass, wall paint­ing, weav­ing, graph­ics, and typog­ra­phy, learn­ing to infuse even the sim­plest func­tion­al objects (like the ones seen in today’s Doo­dle) with the high­est artis­tic aspi­ra­tions.

Steer­ing away from lux­u­ry and toward indus­tri­al mass pro­duc­tion, the Bauhaus attract­ed a stel­lar fac­ul­ty includ­ing painters Wass­i­ly Kandin­sky and Paul Klee, pho­tog­ra­ph­er and sculp­tor Lás­zló Moholy-Nagy, graph­ic design­er Her­bert Bay­er, indus­tri­al design­er Mar­i­anne Brandt, and Mar­cel Breuer, whose Mod­el B3 tubu­lar chair changed fur­ni­ture design for­ev­er.

Though the Bauhaus offi­cial­ly dis­band­ed on August 10, 1933, its stu­dents returned to 29 coun­tries, found­ing the New Bauhaus in Chica­go, Black Moun­tain Col­lege in North Car­oli­na, and White City in Tel Aviv. Bauhaus affil­i­ates also took lead­er­ship posi­tions at the Illi­nois Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy, the Har­vard School of Archi­tec­ture, and the Muse­um of Mod­ern Art. Through all of these insti­tu­tions, and the work cre­at­ed in their spir­it, the ideas of the Bauhaus live on.

Find more anniver­sary cel­e­bra­tions in the Relat­eds below.

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Relat­ed Con­tent:

Mod­ern Cor­po­rate Logos Reimag­ined in a Clas­sic Bauhaus Style: Cel­e­brate the 100th Anniver­sary of the Bauhaus Move­ment Today

Watch Bauhaus World, a Free Doc­u­men­tary That Cel­e­brates the 100th Anniver­sary of Germany’s Leg­endary Art, Archi­tec­ture & Design School

Down­load Orig­i­nal Bauhaus Books & Jour­nals for Free: A Dig­i­tal Cel­e­bra­tion of the Found­ing of the Bauhaus School 100 Years Ago

How the Rad­i­cal Build­ings of the Bauhaus Rev­o­lu­tion­ized Archi­tec­ture: A Short Intro­duc­tion

An Oral His­to­ry of the Bauhaus: Hear Rare Inter­views (in Eng­lish) with Wal­ter Gropius, Lud­wig Mies van der Rohe & More

32,000+ Bauhaus Art Objects Made Avail­able Online by Har­vard Muse­um Web­site

The Female Pio­neers of the Bauhaus Art Move­ment: Dis­cov­er Gertrud Arndt, Mar­i­anne Brandt, Anni Albers & Oth­er For­got­ten Inno­va­tors

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