Oskar Schlemmers work is more closely associated with the 20th century’s most important school of design than that of any other Bauhaus artist. 70 years after his death, issue 6 casts a light on his achievements and puts them into a new context and debat. Unlike his avantgarde colleagues, Schlemmer did not succumb to euphoria about progress, but rather looked for the new human being in the new era–less as an utopian promise than as a search for meaning in the fragmented world that resulted from the First World War. Ina Conzen writes about Schlemmer’s synthesis of the organic and the artificial, of the natural and the abstract; Franz Anton Cramer considers the Triadic Ballet as a hybrid that the theatrical avant-garde repeatedly tried out new approaches to, and Gerda Breuer portrays the stages of Schlemmer’s »inner emigration«, which ultimately brought him to a paint factory in Wuppertal and into conflict with Willi Baumeister.
»Schlemmer!« is published on occasion of the exhibition »Human – Space – Machine« at Bauhaus Dessau, opening December 5, 2013.