Today in History: Opening of the Bauhaus in 1919
On March 21, 1919, the Bauhaus, a German design school founded in Weimar by Walter Gropius, opened its doors. Its goal was to create a new unity between art and industry, allowing people from the sectors of the decorative arts, architecture and modern technology to work together and learn from one another. The school moved to Dessau in 1925 and to Berlin in 1932 and was closed in July of 1933 by its own staff under pressure from the Nazi government.
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Today in History: The Magic Flute premieres in 1791
225 years ago today, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s famous opera Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) premiered at the Freihaustheater in Vienna, only two months before the composer’s premature death.
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Today on History: Josef Müller-Brockmann born in 1914
Josef Müller-Brockmann studied architecture, design and history of art at the Kunstgewerbeschule and the University in Zurich. At the age of 22, he opened his own studio with a focus on graphic design, exhibition design and photography. His objective design practices led to the breakthrough of the “Swiss Style” during the 1950s. In 1958, Müller-Brockmann became the founder and co-editor (until 1965) of the journal Neue Grafik (New Graphic Design), spreading the principles of Swiss Design internationally. Müller-Brockmann never allowed his designs to be influenced by trends or styles but followed his own aesthetics and ethics. His posters provided numerous institutions and companies with a convincing graphic appearance and became a model in their quality. Müller-Brockmann passed away on August 30, 1996 in Zurich.
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260 years ago today, the prolific and influential composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791) was born in Salzburg, Austria. Mozart’s father Leopold recognized and furthered his son’s musical genius early on. At the age of six, Wolfgang Amadeus was already a sensation on the piano and the violin. At age nine, he composed his first opera – “Apollo and Hyacinthus.” At 13, he was appointed “concert master“ by the Archbishop of Salzburg, performing before European royalty. In 1781 Mozart moved from Salzburg to Vienna where he worked as an independent composer, achieving fame but little financial security. During the last decade of his life, he composed many of his best-known symphonies and operas, including parts of his unfinished Requiem. Mozart died at his home in Vienna on December 5, 1791. The circumstances of his early death have been the source of much debate. Mozart was survived by his wife Constance and two sons.
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Today in History: Germany’s Love for Silence
We just came across this article on the BBC website and think we have the perfect poster match: Josef Müller-Brockmann’s iconic “Weniger Lärm” (Less Noise) from 1960. 😉 Enjoy.
BBC: How Germany’s love for silence led to the first earplug.
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86 years ago today, graphic designer Ikko Tanaka was born in Nara, Japan. Tanaka was known for merging principles of clean, modern design with Japanese traditionalism. He studied art in Kyoto and worked as a textile and graphic designer before establishing his own studio in 1963. By the 1970s, Tanaka had become a leading commercial artist. He was also editor of a series of books on Japanese culture. His most famous work is perhaps the 1981 poster design of an abstract version of a Geisha for the Nihon Buyo performance by the Asian Performing Arts Institute. He died in 2002 of a heart attack at the age of 71.
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92 years ago today, the American artist, Roy Lichtenstein, was born in New York City. The masterful painter rose to fame in the 1960s when he became one of the leading figures of the new Pop Art movement. His bright parodies of comic strips and advertisements carried him into the art world spotlight. Lichtenstein died in New York City on September 29, 1997.
All three posters shown are from our November 7 sale in San Francisco (and live online)
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