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Marianne Brandt (1893–1983) is celebrated for her Bauhaus
metal designs, beautiful and mass-reproducible objects created
to revolutionize modern interior spaces. Much less well known
are her photomontages, which constitute a critical complement
to her metal works. In these pieces from the mid-1920s and early
1930s, Brandt focused an analytical gaze on contemporary society
and politics. Drawing on the vast array of visual material
made available by the Weimar Republic's burgeoning illustrated
press, Brandt's photomontages relied upon the technologies of
modern visual culture to challenge pictorial conventions, to denounce
the dangerous side of modern technology that had become
so apparent in the First World War, and to image new roles
for women in interwar society.
Tempo, Tempo! The Bauhaus Photomontages of Marianne Brandt
is the first publication to present, document and analyze the full
range of Brandt's work in photomontage, a medium which is
only now being rediscovered as one of the essential sites of Modernist
The book is edited by Elisabeth Otto for the Bauhaus Archiv,
Udstillingen "Tempo, Tempo! Bauhausphotomontagen von Marianne Brandt" vises
indtil den 9. januar 2005 på Bauhaus-Archiv, Museum für Gestaltung, Berlin.
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