Essay: The Bauhaus : Hannes Meyer
Hannes Meyer was born in Switzerland in 1898 and died in 1954. He is noted for being head of the Bauhaus from 1928 to 1930 after taking over the position of Walter Gropius. Meyer’s area of expertise was in architecture and he preferred that all the architectural work was done in teams, rather than just one individual taking all the honours for the work. This was a very Communist ideology and Meyer’s leaning to the left would later prove to be his own downfall in the Bauhaus.
During his position at the Bauhaus School, Meyer greatly brought all of his communist views to the fore in his teachings. Many students there became communist activist at the time and this worried the local government of Dessau, where the Bauhaus was now located. The Bauhaus was a German school of art and design which was founded in Dessau in 1919, and later moved to Berlin in 1932. "In the words of Wolf von Eckardt, the Bauhaus 'created the patters and set the standards of present-day industrial design; it helped to invent modern architecture; it altered the look of everything from the chair you are sitting in to the page you are reading now." (Whitford, 11) This quote illustrates the influence and importance of the educational ideas on the world we live in today. Because we are a species so obsessed both by our own creativity, and the physical world around us, the methods by which we design our homes and possessions is very important