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British Museum‘s Today’s Memory

British Museum‘s Today’s Memory

British Museum‘s Today’s Memory

Walter Gropius’ birthday

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Walter Gropius, architect and founder of the #Bauhaus‬ school, was born #onthisday‬ in 1883. The Bauhaus (meaning ‘Construction House’) was a progressive German design school based in Weimar 1919–1925, then in Dessau 1925–1932. It ended in Berlin, where it was closed by the Nazis in 1933. The school employed many leading European artists and architects and its purpose was to train designers to work in industry. The basic design course introduced students to different materials and from there they progressed to detailed study of individual craft disciplines in specialised workshops.

This porcelain teapot is part of tea-set called ‘Bauhaus Hommage I’. The shape was designed by Walter Gropius and Louis McMillen, an American architect. The decoration in primary colours was designed by Herbert Bayer.

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