Updated: Oct 26
This time I will try to introduce to you the artist Oskar Schlemmer, who is not so well known to the general public but very dear to me, and good field for researching. First of all he was well known as an incredibly interesting and revolutionary author and one of the founders and professors of the famous Bauhaus art and design school. What the Bauhaus has taught us, and what is so revolutionary and important even today, over a hundred years after the beginning of this school?
First of all, we learned from Bauhaus that design is primarily a humane discipline, perhaps, above all, it is one utopian view that art and design should be accessible to everyone through high-quality design, an idea that revolutionized the industrial production of that time, when the intention was to discarded expensive kitsch designs, so everything could become modern, refined and above all intelligent, almost like IKEA concept today :)))). The Bauhaus was a remarkable blend of art, craftsmanship, modernism, functionality, design and industrial revolution. The whole idea of the Bauhaus was to be a combination of the social needs of that time and art on the other side. Many of the Bauhaus students, including the professors themselves, were of course communists, and therefore were under great pressure from the Nazi authorities of that time in Germany. The school was closed in 1933. and many famous authors of that school went to emigration to save their own lives. It is interesting that many famous authors, such as the Oskar Schlemmer, Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky, El Lissitzky, Max Ernst, Piet Mondrian, Paul Klee, Oskar Kokoschka and many others in Germany during 1930s, have been described by Nazi Germans as Degenerate art (Entartete Kunst) and was on some sort of blacklisted people as authors who are not the real artist, whatever that means, and of course as people and artist with bad intent. Here we may wonder what bad intentions have the author who wants to bring art and design closer to the ordinary people in their daily lives, and who actually had bad intentions there. I believe you know the answer, in the end we all know what happened in Europe in those years, but sometimes it's not a stretch to remind ourselves where repressive systems can bring us, which often occur in the times of major economic crises.
But back to Oscar, the author of the famous Triadic Ballet (Triadisches Ballett), a futuristic and avant-garde ballet show created in 1922. This ballet contains an unusual and very modern blend of futurism, bizarreness, colorful clown and pantomime moments through a ballet movement and costume design. The ballet was inspired by Pierrot in the Moonlight, melodrama by Arnold Schoenberg.
Triadic Ballet is these days is a big inspiration to modern illustrators and recently was published one great pop-up book for kids on theme of Triadic Ballet, Bauhaus Ballet by Lesley Barnes (illustrator), Gabby Dawnay (author), which I am enjoying these days.
So here it is a book preview, Triadic Ballet video, some photos of Oskar Schlemmer's works and one music video for a great song by rock band Franz Ferdinand, Love Illumination with some Triadic Ballet moments. Enjoy!