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Bauhaus Post World War I Germany set the stage for the most organized art movement in art history The Bauhaus movement was a reaction to the social changes the Germans were facing The country had been crushed in the war Their economy was collapsing Mobs of unemployed people roamed the street waiting for the country to collapse The Germans were living in poverty and starving from the lack of supplies Jackson This may seem to be an unlikely environment to support an artistic revolution Never-the-less for the designers of the Bauhaus this was the beginning of a rewarding struggle qtd Brodie In 1919 an institution called the Bauhaus was formed in Weimer Walter Gropius was appointed as the head of the school He had three goals that he wanted his students to achieve Artist and craftsmen were accepted into the program in an effort to get them to work collectively to combine all of their skills Secondly the students were to design everyday objects as works of art This would advance modern art into the sense of functional design The third goal was to maintain contact with the leaders of industry so the students could be their consultants Ilkka Huovio stated in Bauhaus The New Man - The New Technique that The idealistic basis of Bauhaus was a socially orientate programme An artist must be conscious of his social responsibility to the community On the other hand the community has to accept the artist and support him The movement achieved their believed responsibility to the community of Weimer in 1924 with their mass housing program There was a great shortage of housing for the working class in Weimer so the designers and architects created affordable and modern housing The buildings were built from tax money for the workers Although the workers disliked the new classical form social housing that the Bauhaus had designed Jackson This set the school
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