On the 18th of October, the Centre for Latin American Research and Documentation (CEDLA) will organise a seminar with professor Bert Hoffmann of the GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies, who will give a paper on Latin American influences in the Bauhaus tradition. ACUH member Tim Verlaan will act as discussiant.
The history of modernity is commonly told as a uni-directional one of how its concepts were developed in Europe and North America, and from there expanded to the rest of the globe. A classic case is the Bauhaus school, founded in Weimar Germany 100 years ago, which became a global landmark of modernity in architecture, arts, and beyond. In contrast to the dominant narrative, this presentation looks at the entanglements and counter-currents inherent in the process. It looks at the Bauhaus from the opposite direction: not how it spread from Germany to Latin America, but how Latin American experiences left their imprint in Germany.