The Bauhaus Movement receives a tribute from Google on its 100th anniversary this Friday (12). The research giant’s Doodle features animation with basic shapes and primary colors, elements that have been explored in the paintings of one of the most famous Bauhaus professors, Wassily Kandinsky. The famous school of architecture and design was founded by the German architect Walter Gropius, with the purpose of breaking with “tedious” models and innovating forms from the alliance between arts, design and architecture for creation.
The Google homepage displays a stylized logo with a «play» button. When activated, it features an animation in which some basic lines related to triangles, circles and squares build representations of the school’s areas: architecture, art and object design. From buildings to clocks and paintings, the areas are represented by figures in basic and strong colors.
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What was the Bauhaus School?
Bauhaus was the first design school in the world and the most famous and influential art school of the 20th century. The main field of work of the school was architecture, but it brought together different professionals, such as painters, artisans, designers and engineers.
Its production mixed handicrafts and technology, always valuing production on an industrial scale. In the field of architecture, the movement also had plans for the construction of popular houses. The school was influenced by the industrial revolution to create a style and way of thinking about design and architecture focused on functional aesthetics and material savings.
In addition to Kandinsky, other impactful names were part of the Bauhaus faculty, such as László Moholy-Nagy, Paul Klee, Josef Albers, Herbert Bayer, Marcel Breuer, Lyonel Feininger, Oskar Schlemmer and Gerhard Marks. Despite the success, Bauhaus lasted only 14 years. With the rise of Nazism, the movement was considered to be avant-garde and communist and its teachers and students began to be persecuted by the German state.
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