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Bauhaus Bodies

Bauhaus Bodies: Gender, Sexuality, and Body Culture in Modernism’s Legendary Art School

by Elizabeth Otto

Elizabeth Otto is a professor of modern and contemporary art history at The State University of New York at Buffalo. She has published widely on gender issues in Germany's visual culture of the 1920s and 1930s, especially at the Bauhaus. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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and Patrick Rössler

Patrick Rössler is a professor of communications and empirical research methods at the University of Erfurt, Germany. His research has concentrated on media effects, political communication, and the history of visual communication, including Bauhaus graphic design and advertising. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Visual Arts, 2019
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9781501344817
  • ISBN:
    978-1-5013-4481-7 (online)

    978-1-5013-4477-0 (hardback)

    978-1-5013-4478-7 (paperback)

    978-1-5013-4479-4 (epdf)

    978-1-5013-4480-0 (epub)
  • Edition:
    First published
  • Place of Publication:
    New York
  • Published Online:
    2019
Bauhaus Bodies
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A century after the Bauhaus's founding in 1919, this book reassesses it as more than a highly influential art, architecture, and design school. In myriad ways, emerging ideas about the body in relation to health, movement, gender, and sexuality were at the heart of art and life at the school. Bauhaus Bodies reassesses the work of both well-known Bauhaus members and those who have unjustifiably escaped scholarly scrutiny, its women in particular.

In fourteen original, cutting-edge essays by established experts and emerging scholars, this book reveals how Bauhaus artists challenged traditional ideas about bodies and gender. Written to appeal to students, scholars, and the broad public, Bauhaus Bodies will be essential reading for anyone interested in modern art, architecture, design history, and gender studies; it will define conversations and debates during the 2019 centenary of the Bauhaus's founding and beyond.