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Cultural Experiments of The Weimar Republic Gavin Plumley Thursday 14 November 2019

The Bauhaus, the 20th century’s greatest school of art, architecture and design was founded in 1919 in Weimar, Germany.  

After World War 1, artists and architects were in a state of flux, just like the world they inhibited. How would they create and what would they produce in a Europe still reeling from the worst conflict ever known?  Yet out of crisis came a truly stimulating period of artistic endeavour. This talk looks at the interwar years of German speaking Europe, contemplating painters such as Marx Beckman and Otto Dix, alongside the experiments of the Bauhaus, new film technologies and the sultry stylings of Marlene Dietrich.



Gavin Plumley is a writer and broadcaster on both BBC3 and BBC4 radio, and a contributor to The Independent on Sunday and The Guardian. He lectures widely about the culture of Central Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries, at the National Gallery, the British Museum, the V&A, the Southbank Centre, the Tate and the Neue Galerie, New York.

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