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Oskar Schlemmer

Visions of a New World

Oskar Schlemmer (1888–1943) was one of the most versatile artists of the twentieth century. A member of the Bauhaus, Schlemmer created highly original works not only as a sculptor, draftsman, and graphic artist, but also as a stage designer, author, and creator of stunning dance works. Together, his projects articulated his vision of the “new” man, living in functional architecture, thinking and acting clearly in a modern age that would never again succumb to the chaos of war.
This beautifully illustrated catalogue accompanies the first comprehensive Schlemmer retrospective exhibition in nearly forty years. It presents more than 250 works—including the seven original costumes of Schlemmer’s epochal Triadisches Ballett—together with rare documents from the period. Essays draw important connections between all-encompassing efforts at reform and the work of the Bauhaus and discuss Schlemmer’s unsuccessful attempts to reconcile his “apolitical” art with Nazi ideas of state-controlled art. A landmark publication, Oskar Schlemmer: Visions of a New World makes a case not only for the artist’s continuing importance, but for the value of his lofty ethical goals for art as well.

300 pages | 300 color plates | 11 1/4 x 11 1/2 | © 2014

Art: European Art

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Table of Contents

Message of Welcome ~ Winfried Kretschmann
Message of Welcome ~ Axel Nawrath
Preface ~ Christiane Lange
Oskar Schlemmer—Visions of a New World ~ Ina Conzen
1906-1920 | Student and Scholar (Cat. 1-24)
1921-1929 | Oskar Schlemmer at the Bauhaus in Weimar and Dessau (Cat. 25-73)
1929-1933 | Teacher in Breslau and Berlin (Cat. 74-109)
1933-1943 | The ostracized Artist (Cat. 110-139)
Oskar Schlemmer as Wall Designer (Cat. 140-182) ~ Friederike Zimmermann
Oskar Schlemmer as Choreographer and Stage Designer (Cat. 183-224) ~ Karin von Maur
The New Man—Utopia and Ideology ~ Birgit Sonna
Arteries of World Literature—Schlemmer Reads. Schlemmer Writes ~ Wolf Eiermann
Oskar Schlemmer—The Well-known Stranger ~ Susanne M.I. Kaufmann
Catalogue of the Works on Display
Selected Bibliography

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