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Bauhaus women in British exile with Mara Trübenbach

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Nets stretched into the unknown – Bauhaus women in British exile.

This talk examines the group of female Bauhäuslers who visited the Bauhaus as students, teachers and/or wives of Bauhäuslers and made their way into exile in Britain. It deals with the question of what similarities and relevant differences they shared in life, how the ideas of the Bauhaus influenced them, and what significance they had for Britain. The talk analyses their exile in the UK, raises awareness of interpersonal discrepancies and brings the eternal covenant of the Bauhaus community closer.

These women had huge influence on subsequent generations of British artists and the Bauhaus curriculum was years ahead of the British education system. The teaching of Margerete Leischner, émigré Bauhaus weaver, was based on the roots of Weimar and Dessau, which revolutionised the Royal College of Art and thus the British art schools: ‘[...] a clear contribution to the college‘s philosophy.’ It was less about copying an era, but rather the idea of the Bauhaus. In 1968 she wrote to Walter Gropius: ‘This country has become much more interested in the Bauhaus in particular the young. I just hope they will not start imitating what they have seen but have got the message.’

Mara Trübenbach studied architecture at the Peter Behrens School of Arts in Dusseldorf, Technical University Vienna and at the Bauhaus-University Weimar, where she was awarded a MSc Arch in 2018. After various internships across Europe during her study – for example at Coop Himmelblau and Ortner & Ortner Baukunst – she worked as research assistant at the Bauhaus-University Weimar for the department of architectural theory lead by Prof. Dr. Ines Weizman. Mara is currently working at the the Landscape and Urban Planning Office Station C23 in Leipzig. She will also talk at the Design History Society Annual Conference 2019: The Cost of Design at Northumbria University in September this year and works on publishing her Master’s thesis: Nets stretched into the Unknown. Bauhaus women in British exile.

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