- Bauhaus and documenta are two globally successful cultural brands, representing a modern Germany that is both cosmopolitan and innovative. They both came into being at a time when civilisation was in a state of collapse, and they both exemplify the idea of the liberating power of art and culture.
- Looking at them in parallel brings out their similarities and differences and reveals that to some extent they serve to complement one another: for the one, the focus is on mass-produced articles and their everyday usage; the idea of universalism; and the design of consumer goods; for the other, encounters with unique artworks; the experience of diversity; and the critiquing of capitalist consumerism.
- In a series of critical essays, bolstered by a selection of original material, the publication examines fundamental, yet frequently overlooked aspects of the two cultural brands, whose profile is now once again a controversial subject of debate.
The book was published in conjunction with the exhibition presented at the Neue Galerie Kassel from 24 May to 8 September 2019.
Published: July 2020
Size (cm): 23.7 x 32.4 x 2.5
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