Weimar, 1919: Shortly after the end of World War I, architect Walter Gropius founded the renowned art school whose philosophy continues to resonate throughout the ages: the Bauhaus. What began as an educational institution soon became the epitome of a style that broke with the formal language of the time to create a new aesthetic geared towards functionality. Even today, almost a century later, the epoch-making ideas of that time continue to live on the world over. In his coffee table book “Modernism Around the Globe” (Hatje Cantz, 2018), Berlin photographer Jean Molitor presents an impressive overview of this phenomenon. Since 2009, Molitor has been traveling around the world to document Bauhaus-inspired architecture. Its legacy is not only found in Berlin or Dessau but also in Havana, Casablanca and Tel Aviv. In this way, the book conveys both the far-reaching influence of Bauhaus and the timeless aesthetics of a movement that will soon turn 100 years old. (Text: Lisa Staub / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn).
Jean Molitor: Bau1haus — Modernism Around the Globe (Hatje Cantz, 2018), purchase here.