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

This April 1st marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus, the German art school that, though short-lived, launched an entire design movement with a stark, functional aesthetic all its own. It can be tempting, looking into that aesthetic that finds the beauty in industry and the industry in beauty, to regard it as purely a product of its time and place, specifically a 20th-century Europe between the wars searching for ways to invent the future. But as revealed in Bauhaus ...
Tags: Google, Europe, Japan, Design, London, College, Mexico, Germany, Architecture, Tokyo, Nazi, Detroit, Seoul, Bauhaus, Amman, Deutsche Welle

Bruno Ganz obituary

Swiss actor best known for his portrayal of Adolf Hitler in the 2004 film DownfallThe Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, who has died aged 77 from cancer, was a wise and contemplative presence, as familiar, consoling and crumpled as a favourite overcoat.He came to prominence in three films by the director Wim Wenders. In The American Friend (1977), adapted from Patricia Highsmith’s novel Ripley’s Game, he was a shy picture-framer who is persuaded, under the misapprehension that he is dying, to become an as...
Tags: Europe, Television, Patricia Highsmith, Film, Germany, Theatre, Culture, Switzerland, Adolf Hitler, Ripley, Wim Wenders, Bruno Ganz, Downfall, Theo Angelopoulos

Rare works by 'cultural magpies' of Bauhaus to go on show in London

Exclusive: Sotheby’s to exhibit art from influential German design school ahead of auctionA collection of seldom-viewed paintings by key proponents of the influential Bauhaus art and design school are to be brought together for a rare show in London before going under the hammer at the end of the month. Related: Bauhaus at 100: the revolutionary movement's enduring appeal Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, London, Germany, Painting, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Bauhaus, Sotheby

MoMA's "The Value of Good Design" Exhibition

This week the MoMA opened The Value of Good Design, an exhibition that examines the titular subject by looking backwards to look forwards: Peter Schlumbohm (American, born Germany. 1896–1962). Chemex Coffee Maker. 1941. Pyrex glass, wood, and leather, 9 1/2 × 6 1/8? (24.2 × 15.5 cm). Manufactured by Chemex Corp. (New York, NY, est. 1941). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Lewis & Conger Sony Corporation (Tokyo, Japan, est. 1946). Television (TX8-301). 1959. Plastic, metal, and gla...
Tags: Design, Sweden, Germany, Time, Fiat, Moma, Object Culture, Turin Italy, Dante Giacosa, Peter Schlumbohm, Chemex Coffee, Chemex Corp New York NY, Museum of Modern Art New York Gift of Jo Carole, Ronald S Lauder Sori Yanagi, Tendo Co Ltd Tokyo Japan, Museum of Modern Art New York Gift

MoMA's "The Value of Good Design" Exhibition Now Live

This week the MoMA opened The Value of Good Design, an exhibition that examines the titular subject by looking backwards to look forwards: Peter Schlumbohm (American, born Germany. 1896–1962). Chemex Coffee Maker. 1941. Pyrex glass, wood, and leather, 9 1/2 × 6 1/8? (24.2 × 15.5 cm). Manufactured by Chemex Corp. (New York, NY, est. 1941). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Lewis & Conger Sony Corporation (Tokyo, Japan, est. 1946). Television (TX8-301). 1959. Plastic, metal, and gla...
Tags: Design, Sweden, Germany, Time, Fiat, Moma, Object Culture, Turin Italy, Dante Giacosa, Peter Schlumbohm, Chemex Coffee, Chemex Corp New York NY, Museum of Modern Art New York Gift of Jo Carole, Ronald S Lauder Sori Yanagi, Tendo Co Ltd Tokyo Japan, Museum of Modern Art New York Gift

MVRDV to dramatically revitalize Frances historic Palais du Commerce

Dutch design firm MVRDV has won a competition to renovate and expand the historic Palais du Commerce in Rennes, France. The impressive 19th century palace had once served multiple public functions but now suffers from disconnect with current civic life. Working in collaboration with co-architects Bernard Desmoulin for developers Frey and Engie Avenue, MVRDV plans to reactivate the former public building and transform it into an inviting mixed-use destination that will serve as the centerpiece o...
Tags: Transparency, Design, France, Germany, Architecture, Gallery, Urban Design, Commerce, Expansion, Palace, Historic Preservation, Rennes, Place De La République, Carousel Showcase, Green Renovation, Adaptive Reuse

Tomi Ungerer, 87, Artist And Author Who Specialized In Children’s Lit And Weird Erotica

“[He] leaped between genres and mediums, crafting works that included anti-Vietnam War posters, darkly comic children’s books, a mischievous reworking of The Joy of Sex and a cat-shaped kindergarten building in Germany.” – The Washington Post
Tags: Art, Germany, People, Tomi Ungerer, 02.10.19

Delightful Pet Portraitures that will brighten your day

Delightful Pet Portraitures that will brighten your day AoiroStudioFeb 12, 2019 Elke Vogelsang also know as Wieselblitz is a photographer from Germany. She discovered her passion for photography when living a downside in her life, she quickly turned it around into a passionate and became an editorial and commercial photographer. She specialized in pet portraiture, how cool is that? As you can see below, it's hard not to go "awww" just by looking at this stunn...
Tags: Design, Germany, Elke Vogelsang, Wieselblitz

Clean, On Time and Rat-Free: 9 International Transit Systems With Lessons for New York

From Tokyo to Zurich, readers told us how New York’s subway compares with the public transportation in their cities (spoiler alert: not well).
Tags: Art, Japan, New York, News, Germany, Subways, New York City, United States, Tokyo, Buses, Zurich, Railroads, Great Britain, Metropolitan Transportation Authority, London (England, Travel and Vacations

Artworks allegedly by Adolf Hitler fail to sell at Nuremberg auction

High prices and questions over authenticity scare off buyers at sale of Nazi memorabiliaFive paintings attributed to Adolf Hitler have failed to find buyers at an auction held amid anger at the sale of Nazi memorabilia.High starting prices of between €19,000 and €45,000 ($21,000 and $50,000), and lingering suspicions about the authenticity of the artworks were thought to have scared off potential buyers at Saturday’s auction in Nuremberg. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Germany, Austria, Nuremberg, Adolf Hitler, Nuremberg Continue

Fritz Baumgarten

Fritz Baumgarten was a German children’s book illustrator active in the early to mid part of the 20th century. He illustrated numerous books, primarily in Germany, working in a nicely finessed combination of ink and watercolor. Baumgarten had a knack for blending the commonplace with the fantastic, putting his elf-like characters and anthropomorphized creatures into scenes of activities that might otherwise seem quite ordinary. Many of his portrayals of the forest floor are nicely naturalist...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Art, Germany, Illustration, Sc-fi And Fantasy, Baumgarten, Fritz Baumgarten

Five paintings allegedly by Adolf Hitler to be auctioned in Nuremberg

The sale of the artworks has sparked outrage with one landscape attributed to the Nazi leader expected to fetch at least €45,000Five paintings allegedly by Adolf Hitler will be auctioned off on Saturday in the German city of Nuremberg, sparking anger that the Nazi memorabilia market is alive and well.The city’s mayor, Ulrich Maly, has condemned the upcoming sale as being “in bad taste,” speaking to Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Germany, Austria, Nazi, Nuremberg, Adolf Hitler, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Ulrich Maly

Modern timber winery blends Japanese and Viennese influences

Wien-based architecture practice Architects Collective used innovative timber construction for the contemporary Nett Winery in the Pfalz wine region of Neustadt an der Weinstraße, Germany. Unlike traditional wine cellars that typically feature massive walls or industrial steel, this new winery features comparatively lightweight construction using ecological materials, including a wooden outer shell and an inner structure of pumice-concrete. Inspired by Japanese architecture and Viennese moderni...
Tags: Design, Germany, Architecture, Gallery, Wine, British Columbia, Winery, Carousel Showcase, Timber Architecture, Wien, Shou Sugi, Neustadt, Natural Materials, Winemaking, Shou Sugi Ban, Origami-like Architecture

Fake trees could help in the fight against climate change

One of the best ways to fight climate change is to invest in trees and plants. Branches and leaves help trap carbon dioxide, effectively reducing overall pollution in the atmosphere. The only hurdle is that trees take up a lot of land and resources to cultivate, which is why scientists are turning to an alternative source in the fight against carbon emissions. Scientists in Germany just published a new study about how artificial plant life can also cut down on carbon pollution. The team created...
Tags: Design, Germany

Harvard Art Museums Opens Their Bauhaus Archives, Starting This Week

Happy Birthday Bauhaus! It's hard to believe, but 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus' founding. To celebrate the Centennial, Harvard's Busch-Reisinger Museum is throwing open their extensive Bauhaus-related archives to present 200 pieces--original works, furniture, textiles, architecture and even classroom assignments--by over 70 artists and designers. Featuring works by major artists, including Anni and Josef Albers, Herbert Bayer, Marcel Breuer, Lyonel Feininger, Wassily Kandinsky...
Tags: New York, Design, Germany, America, Harvard, United States, Cambridge, New Orleans, Anni, Weimar,, Laszlo Moholy Nagy, Walter Gropius, Anni Albers, Dessau, Gropius

And So It Begins: English-Language Theatre In Germany Won’t Audition British Actors Because Of Brexit

Due to uncertainty over what visa and employment regulations will be in place after March 29, “the English Theatre of Hamburg said it was only interested in seeing actors who held a passport for a European Union member state, and that UK performers must also have an EU passport to be seen for a part.” — The Stage
Tags: Art, UK, Germany, Theatre, Eu, European Union, Brexit, Hamburg, 02.05.19

Kiki Smith Donates Entire Published Prints Collection to Munich State Graphic Collection

Kiki Smith has donated her entire body of published prints to the State Graphic Collection of Munich, over 800 works from the course of her career. The prints will feature in a show of the artist’s work set to open in a few weeks in Germany.  Read more at Artforum
Tags: Art, News, Germany, Munich, Art News, Kiki Smith, Minipost, Munich State Graphic Collection

The geometric Black House captures light and views from multiple angles

When architect Benjamin Heller of Radolfzell-based architectural practice Freier Architekt designed the Black House, he took design inspiration from the project’s location near the boundary of Germany and Switzerland. Created to mimic a boundary stone cut by hand, the Black House is an angular, multifaceted building that appears to conspicuously mark the edge of the small village in which it resides on the German border. More than just an exercise to emulate a distinctive stone, the home’s geom...
Tags: Design, Germany, Architecture, Gallery, Switzerland, Energy Efficiency, Geneva, Carousel Showcase, Black House, Open-plan, Panoramic Views, Outdoor Patio, Heat Pump, The Black House, South-facing, Geometric Architecture

MVRDV designs solar-powered KoolKiel with Jenga-like architecture in Germany

Dutch architecture firm MVRDV has unveiled plans to redevelop a post-industrial city block in Kiel, Germany, into an eye-catching, mixed-use complex that matches the creative spirit of the site’s current tenants. Dubbed “KoolKiel,” the 65,000-square-meter redevelopment project will include the adaptive reuse of the existing single-story W8 Medienzentrum building as well as the addition of a new zig-zagging plinth, office tower and hotel tower. The buildings will also be equipped with rooftop so...
Tags: Design, Germany, Taiwan, Architecture, Gallery, Community Design, Kiel, MVRDV, Kiel Germany, Mixed-use Development, Jacob van Rijs, Flexible Design, Rooftop Solar Panels, Post-industrial, Rainwater Catchment System, KoolKiel

Superman: America's Jewish superhero?

Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster, the children of Jewish immigrants, right when the world was contending with growing anti-Semitism.The experience of Jewish immigrants in America and Superman's own fictional origins have striking similarities.Though this theory has its critics, there seem to be too many parallels to dismiss it out of hand. None In the mid-19th century, an immigrant fleeing horrific violence arrived in America. He quickly assimilated, adopting an American-sou...
Tags: Art, Europe, New York, Entertainment, Germany, Nazis, Religion, Superman, America, History, Earth, Prague, United States, Innovation, Hitler, North America

Greenland is melting four times faster than it was 15 years ago

A new study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that Greenland is melting four times faster than it has in the past 15 years. Using data from the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE), which were two satellites launched by Germany and NASA back in 2002, researchers discovered that between 2002 and 2016, Greenland lost 280 gigatons of ice every year, and that resulted in the addition of .03 inches of water annually to the world’s oceans....
Tags: Design, Germany, Nasa, Greenland, Ohio State University, National Academy of Sciences, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Bevis, Michael Bevis, North Atlantic Oscillation Bevis, Sarah B Das

How German Theatre Has Embraced Refugees

In 2015, when Angela Merkel announced that Germany would accept the refugees streaming in from the Mideast, she said “Wir schaffen das” (“We can do this”). “What is less well-known,” writes Julia Grime, “is that German theatre, arguably a more directly socio-political beast than most UK theatre, welcomed the million-plus refugees with open-armed, practical help, connecting them with local communities and playing a key role in easing their acceptance into German society.” — Arts Professional ...
Tags: Art, UK, Germany, Angela Merkel, Theatre, Mideast, SJ, 01.24.19, Julia Grime

Global warming to blame for insect collapse in Puerto Rican rainforest

35 years ago, scientist Brad Lister left the Puerto Rican Luquillo rainforest after studying the arthropods of the region. He left an area that had a thriving insect population that provided food for all of the birds in the national park. But, when he returned in 2018, Lister and his colleague, Andres Garcia, made a shocking discovery — 98 percent of the ground insects had vanished. “We knew that something was amiss in the first couple days,” Lister told The Guardian. “We were driving into the ...
Tags: Design, Mexico, Germany, Garcia, Andres, Lister, Andrés García, Brad Lister

Gay Magic-Realist Novel Banned By The Nazis Appears In English For First Time

“At the Edge of Night, by Friedo Lampe, was first published in 1933. … The [Nazi] regime objected to the novel’s inclusion of homoerotic content, and its depiction of an interracial liaison between a black man and a German woman. The book was placed on their list of ‘damaging and undesirable writings’.” Yet it was praised by no less than Hermann Hesse in 1933, and it has gained admirers since the uncensored version was published in Germany in 1999. — The Guardian
Tags: Art, Germany, Words, Hermann Hesse, 01.23.19, Friedo Lampe

Bauhaus at 100: the revolutionary movement's enduring appeal

Sleek, pared-back, industrial elegance – that’s how most of us think of Bauhaus, the modernist design group born in Germany in 1919. But that was only one side of this short-lived but longlasting movement…• Norman Foster, Margaret Howell, Michael Craig-Martin and others on Bauhaus’s rich legacyThe Bauhaus, simply put, was a German school of art and design that opened in 1919 and closed in 1933. It was also very much more than that. It was the most influential and famous design school that has ev...
Tags: Art, Germany, Life and style, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Craft, Bauhaus, Marcel Breuer, Mart Stam, Norman Foster Margaret Howell Michael Craig Martin

Infiniti's Concept Car Was a Big EyesOn Design Awards Winner at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show

Japanese automakers Infiniti and Lexus raked in four of the five coveted honors in the 13th annual EyesOn Design Awards, while Ford Motor Co. took home Best Production Vehicle for one its 2020 muscle cars. The awards—presented Jan. 15 at the 2019 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit—involved an all-star panel of global automotive designers from industry, academia and independent design studios, who walked the show to assess this year's crop of stunning concept and production...
Tags: Design, China, Germany, India, Cars, Ford, North America, Pasadena, Detroit, Detroit Auto Show, Pininfarina, Ford Motor Co, Sahara, Cobo Center, Ford Mustang Shelby, Dio

10 great European art anniversaries in 2019

From 100 years of Bauhaus to 500 years since Leonardo’s death, a host of landmark art events and exhibitions open around Europe this yearIt is 350 years since the death of Rembrandt van Rijn. There is a year-long programme of events in nine Dutch cities, focusing on Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age (listings at In Amsterdam, the Rijksmuseum (15 Feb-10 June) will display all of its 22 paintings, 60 drawings and 300 engravings – the biggest Rembrandt collection ever seen in a singl...
Tags: Travel, Art, Europe, UK, Germany, Art and design, Museums, Amsterdam, City Breaks, Rembrandt, Top 10s, Cultural Trips, Short breaks, Europe Holidays, Leiden, Rembrandt Van Rijn

Curator Maria Magdalena Ludewig Passes Away After Tragic Accident

Maria Magdalena Ludewig the cocurator and director of Germany’s Wiesbaden Biennale, has died after a fatal injury in the Canary Islands, Artforum reports. “She has . . . pushed us beyond borders and has always been the good spirit of all her artists,” says Uwe Eric Laufenberg, director of the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden. “It has left traces in […]
Tags: Art, News, Germany, Art News, Minipost, Uwe Eric Laufenberg, Maria Magdalena Ludewig, Wiesbaden Biennale, Canary Islands Artforum, Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden

Germany to Celebrate Centenary Anniversary of Bauhaus

Germany will launch a 100th anniversary celebration of the founding of the Bauhaus this year, featuring museum openings, exhibitions and parties across the country, Art Newspaper reports.  Read more at Art Newspape
Tags: Art, News, Germany, Art News, Minipost, Art Newspaper

The Elextra is Switzerland’s answer to Tesla

4 seats. 4 doors. 4 wheel drive. That’s the first sentence that greets you when you visit Elextra’s website. The car models itself on a sporty yet spacious supercar that’s capable of seating 4 people… an unusual categorization, but remarkable nevertheless. Touted as Switzerland’s contribution to the electric automobile industry, and a rival to Tesla, the Elextra is a fully-electric sedan that combines a carbon fiber body with brutish Italian styling and a powertrain capable of going from 0-62 mp...
Tags: Transportation, Design, Germany, Tesla, Automotive, Switzerland, Electric, Supercar, Elextra

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